Cathy Chapaty

Cathy Chapaty is a 24-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 two books: No Pouting in the Dojo: The Imperfect Journey of Teaching Children Character through Martial Arts (Sidekick Publications, 2014) and Sports Planet: Sports Played Around the World (Steck-Vaughn Publishing Co., 2003).

As an Ambassador for the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors, Chapaty teaches workshops at girls' empowerment conferences and has helped area Girl Scouts earn their safety badges through self-defense seminars. 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.)

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.

About the Author

5-Star Reviews!


  • “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

This version of the book is currently UNAVAILABLE. A second edition, complete with new cover and updated Epilogue, will be released in Summer 2017.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!