Cathy Chapaty is a veteran martial artist, teacher and youth mentor, and author of No Pouting in the Dojo: Life Lessons through Martial Arts. An ambassador for the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors (AWMAI), Chapaty is respected as an empowering, positive teacher with a knack for helping children of all ages and abilities learn martial arts. In 2012 the Embassy of the Republic of Korea honored her for an essay on the transformational power of Taekwondo. The National Women’s Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF) named her member of the year in 2011. She is a member of the NWMAF, AWMAI, USA Taekwondo, and the Writers’ League of Texas, and lives in Austin, Texas, with her wife of 20 years, three dogs—two with three legs—and a hopelessly predatory cat. Contact her at TaoTexas@gmail.com.