“Dragon and Tiger” is a varied and lovingly illustrated collection of traditional and modern stories about wisdoms and truths that we associate with the martial arts. Girls and boys, craftsmen and princes, monks and masters, animals and mythical creatures inspire our imagination with their experiences and invite us to empathize, reflect and ask questions. Whether in the gym or at home, for reading aloud, reading yourself, or retelling: The stories are enriching – not only for children ...
“I love this book! The combination of the vivid storytelling and beautiful illustrations make the book enchanting. While the book is aimed at children, I think it will appeal to all who want to take a break from the mundane and wander around the vivid otherworld presented in the book. Not simply for distraction, but for the experience and education of having explored that world. The martial arts have an abundance of myths and it’s important we understand they are not true in a literal or historical sense. However, they often point the way to deeper truths and ideas that are best communicated as stories in which we can immense ourselves. This book presents many such stories. The “Ideas for Discussion” section at the end of each tale is also brilliantly done. It asks those who have travelled into the book to reflect on what they have learnt from their journey, and it does so in a way that does not prescribe or deny individual experience. It provokes thought and conversation; not prescribed conclusions. All the contributors have done an amazing job! It’s truly magical book” – Iain Abernethy, 7th dan Karate
“I would like to congratulate and thank the authors and the illustrator of “Dragon and Tiger” for producing such a wonderful book. I am confident that readers will enjoy it and be encouraged by its timeless messages while bringing deeper meaning to both their martial art study and life’s journey itself.” (Yuriko McCarthy)
“… perfect for martial arts instructors, but also for teachers in general who will find this book especially helpful when teaching children values of mutual respect, inner calmness and peacefulness. Confronting children and young people with these topics is a wonderful addition to traditional martial arts training itself.” (Natalia Grybos & Martin Minarik)
“An unusually comprehensive and qualified work in which two symbols of martial arts – the dragon and the tiger – play a special role. I am convinced that it will be enjoyed by a widespread audience. I can recommend this book to anyone interested in martial arts.” (Fritz Noepel, 9th Dan Hanshi, Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō)
Forewords by Yuriko McCarthy, coordinator for the International Ryūkyū Karate Research Society; Iain Abernethy, Karate 7th Dan; Natalia Grybos, Karate 2nd Dan & Martin Minarik, Karate 4th Dan, co-founders of the international NGO Martial Arts for Peace. Martial Arts stories written by Dominique Brizin, Florian Hartnack, Peter Jentzen, Carolin Kraft, Peter Kuhn, Thomas Leffler, Sebastian Liebl, Eric Mbarga, Martin Joh. Meyer and Petra Schmidt.