Cathy Chapaty

Train hard,

have fun, and


5-Star Reviews!

for No Pouting in the Dojo

  • “Very insightful and inspiring.” —Linda W.
  • “Her work with children is phenomenal....You will not be disappointed.” —Olivia O.
  • “Great read, great book! You will love it!” —Denise P.
  • “Cathy Chapaty is one of the most inspirational writers I have ever read. Definitely a MUST BUY!!” —Martial Artist
  • “I highly encourage ALL martial arts teachers and school owners to buy this book, read it and take notes.” Hank M.
  • “As a longtime teacher of the martial arts, I saw it and had to buy it.” —B. Sze
  • “This memoir is a highly recommended read for martial arts instructors.... It will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you reflect on what you’ve given to the students who have passed through your hands.” —Caitlin P.

...and from industry leaders

  • “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
  • “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

Cathy Chapaty is a 25-year martial arts veteran and third-degree Taekwondo black belt who specializes in teaching children, many with ADHD, Asperger's syndrome, and other challenges.

She is the author of three books:

  • Sports Planet: Sports Played Around the World (Steck-Vaughn Publishing Co., 2003),
  • No Pouting in the Dojo: Life Lessons Through Martial Arts(Dudley Dog Press, 2017/Sidekick Publications, 2014), and
  • The forthcoming title Searching for Grasshopper: A Martial Artist's Quest for Peace (coming in September 2018 from Dudley Dog Press).

Chapaty is an ambassador for the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors (AWMAI) and teaches girls' and women's self-defense and empowerment workshops. She has also 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; she is currently the organization's chair.

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, AWMAI, USA Taekwondo, and the Writers' League of Texas.

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