Not everyone picks up a sport in the prime of life. Some wait until the arthritis kicks in…

Lia London began her martial arts journey at 40, and she’s been at it for over ten years since. This candid collection of thoughts could be considered mat chats for anyone thinking of starting martial arts or struggling to continue. It’s also for those who have loved the sport at any age and who take the character development aspects of it to heart.

The “letters” are addressed in the abstract with the purpose of sharing some life lessons gleaned from practicing the sport. Most of them are anecdotal, referring to something that happened on the mat, either while training or teaching. It’s not a thick tome, but hopefully it is a mental workout that yields lasting results.

While most girls were donning bobby socks and lipstick and dashing off to the drive-in movies, Shelley Sewall was hiking in the Himalayan mountains and crossing Egypt on a rickety train.

Visit Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Kenya, and Egypt through the eyes of a teen girl in the 1950’s. The daughter of diplomats, Shelley left her home in New York City to discover astonishing new cultures with bright colors, unique customs, and grand architecture.

This travel biography not only takes you around the world, but back in time!