• The first book on the hows and whys of martial arts practice written especially for children.
• More than four million children study some form of martial arts in North America.
• Explains the respectful, nonviolent discipline fundamental to all martial arts.
• Shows young readers what to expect when they study a martial art--from beginner to Black Belt.
The Peaceful Way makes it clear that martial arts are not about fighting, rather they are about resolving conflict in life. The key word in the practice of martial arts is respect--for teachers, others, and self. By cultivating a positive attitude of humility, honesty, awareness, and discipline, the martial arts student gains both physical and mental focus.
In clear, simple language the authors lead young readers into the world of martial arts. From the leaving of shoes at the door of the dojo to the mastery of black-belt skills, they emphasize that a cooperative spirit is the key to success in any martial art. Each point is beautifully illustrated with graphics, sidebars, and anecdotes to hold the young reader's attention. Furthermore, its glossary and references for additional exploration make it the perfect educational tool for the young martial artist and a powerful resource for librarians, parents, teachers, and martial arts educators.
The Peaceful Way
A Children's Guide to the Traditions of the Martial Arts
1. Why We Practice the Martial Arts
2. Inside the Dojo
3. What Happens in a Martial Arts Class
4. The Tradition of the Belt System
5. Demonstrations and Tournaments
6. The Responsibility of Being a Martial Artist
7. What Is Self-defense?
8. How to Apply What Your Learn
9. Where the Martial Arts Came From
10. Big Ideas in the Martial Arts
The Empty Vessel, Fall 2002