KARATE is not only a means of self-defense; it is also a sport and a philosophy.The Karate Dojo: Traditions and Tales of a Martial Art examines each of these aspects—through the colorful legends, tales, and traditions that are associated with the art—and explains why educators and parents are becoming increasingly interested in karate. This book shows how karate training can change the lives of those who practice it, by giving them health, self-con?dence, both physical and mental discipline, as well as calm maturity.

Beyond The Karate Dojo is a worthwhile read whether one practices martial arts or not. Maria Gouras has an instinctive understanding of the juxtaposition between power and love. Throughout its pages are many examples of how right intention leads to right action. It's an inspiring book that "defines the purpose of martial arts as the practice of becoming a better person".

The book is written in such a way for anyone to enjoy. As I read, a deep place in my psyche was reminded of what it truly important. It is concise, simple and profound. I will read it from time to time throughout my life, as a reminder of what we all know to be true.

(All profits will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project)