Early in the pandemic we started running a virtual Book Club to bring folks together who are committed to personal growth through reading books that challenge us. Each quarterly Book Club meeting features a different book, often from different genres–memoir, biography, non-fiction–and on different topics and themes, including history of the martial arts, but additionally topics such as body positivity, conflict resolution, abolitionist organizing, transgender rights, healing from trauma, accepting imperfection, and more.  No martial arts or self-defense background is necessary– everyone with an open mind and a willingness to be challenged is welcome to join us. Join our Remind Group to receive updates and Zoom links.


Announcing our 2022 Book Picks


Winter (Feb 4th, 2022): Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B Rosenberg

Spring (Date TBD) : Training Wheels: How a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Road Trip Jump-Started My Search for a Fulfilling Life by Valerie Worthington

Summer (July 29): Smile at Strangers and other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly by Susan Schorn (featuring the author!)

Fall (Date TBD): The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker



Looking for recommended reading? Check out our past Book Club reads:


The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self- Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

We Do This ’til We Free Us by Mariame Kaba

Waking The Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity To Transform Overwhelming Experiences, by Peter A. Levine, PhD, Ann Frederick

Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality, by Sarah McBride


Karate-Do: My Way of Life, by Gichin Funakoshi

Fist Stick Knife Gun by Geoffrey Canada

The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Art of Conflict by Arbinger Institute