“Aikido Off The Mat is a thoughtful, poetic, and intimate account of one woman’s journey of transformation. Part memoir, part adventure story, with a solid dose of pragmatic philosophy added, Kathy Park reveals how decades of practicing Aikido, both on and off the mat, have enriched her relationship life, her talents as a sculptor and artist, and her place of belonging in the natural world. Don’t expect a ‘how-to-book’ of executing martial techniques but rather a generous sharing of a life fully lived with all its hard edges and well-earned joys.”
—Richard Strozzi-Heckler, author of The Leadership Dojo and The Art of Somatic Coaching
“Aikido is much more than a martial art. It is an art of relationship, reconciliation, and peace. Kathy Parks’s journey—with prisoners, horses, and even within her own marriage—elucidates this powerful art and inspires us all on our own journeys.”
—Thomas Crum, author of The Magic of Conflict, Journey to Center, and Three Deep Breaths
“In a world 'gone mad' where many women are at war with their bodies, Kathy Park’s words go deep, offering a healing tonic and helping readers come home to the power and pleasure of their physical selves.”
—Melissa Soalt, MA, Black Belt Hall of Fame recipient, creator of Fierce & Female Empowerment Self Defense, and former trauma psychotherapist
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