Book Launch for No Pouting in the Dojo: A Memoir by Cathy Chapaty

THE IMPERFECT JOURNEY OF TEACHING CHILDREN CHARACTER THROUGH MARTIAL ARTS An insightful and collective stories manual on the benefits of martial arts for children of all ages. Through anecdotes and inspiring stories, Cathy Chapaty shares some of her own special moments with students in her many years of teaching. This is a must read for any parent that is interested in martial arts training for their children. “I really enjoyed this book. It was written in an inspiring, educational, and heartfelt manner. Martial arts instructors of all styles will benefit from reading it.” Dave Kovar Founder of Instructor’s College Kovars Satori Academy of Martial Arts Sacramento, California 

“Cathy has done what all of us should do: take our experiences, look deeply at them, and then use the best ones to help others along the path.” Tom Callos Founder of The 100. Leader of the “Ultimate Black Belt Test” Placerville, California “Cathy has coached all three of my children and me in Taekwondo. Her holistic and passionate approach to Taekwondo instruction has made a positive impact on our family. She approaches martial arts instruction like a life mission and is clearly out to make a positive difference in the lives of young people.” Timothy Diller, Ph.D. Parent/Student Austin, Texas

Cathy Chapaty is a 22-year martial arts veteran and third-degree Taekwondo black belt who specializes in teaching children, many with ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, and other challenges. As an Ambassador for the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors, she has taught workshops at girls’ empowerment conferences and helped area Girl Scouts earn their safety badges through self-defense seminars. She also has led seminars at National Women’s Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF) camps, which attract hundreds of girls and women from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The NWMAF named her Member of the Year in 2011. A former newspaper journalist, Chapaty has had dozens of essays and articles published in a variety of media on topics such as integrity in sports, anger management, and mentorship through martial arts. In 2012, she was honored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea for an essay on the transformational power of Taekwondo. Chapaty is a member of the NWMAF, Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors, USA Taekwondo, and the Writers’ League of Texas. She lives in Austin with her longtime partner, five dogs, and a cat. HONORS AND AWARDS • Association of Women Martial Arts Instructor, Ambassador, 2011-present • Embassy of the Republic of Korea Taekwondo Essay Contest Award Winner, 2011 “The Boy with Lifesaving Focus” • National Women’s Martial Arts Federation Member of the Year, 2011 • USA Taekwondo Junior Olympics Most Valuable Volunteer, 2009 • United States Martial Arts Institute Student of the Year, 1999 • Dallas Press Club Katie Award, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Best Newspaper in Texas, 1989-1991 • Robert M. Jackson Award in Journalism (The University of Texas at Austin), 1985 • Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Award for Journalism Excellence (San Antonio College) 1984 • Texas Community College Press Association Award of Merit (San Antonio College) 1984 

Event date: 
Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
5501 N Lamar Blvd
78751-1029 Austin