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Quiet Voice Loud Voice
By Renshi Matt Hemenez
Quiet Voice Loud Voice is authored by our own Renshi Matt Hemenez. This is a labor that has taken him over 10 years to accomplish. The result was QUIET VOICE LOUD VOICE, a beautifully illustrated children’s book about a young boy who uses his karate teachings to find his inner strength (his loud voice) to deal with dangerous encounters with bullies.
"All children have a ROAR, they just need to know how and when to use it"
The Story-For Children
Children of all ages will enjoy reading about Nathan’s adventures through life. Their emotions will be provoked by Nathan’s encounters with neighborhood bullies who won’t leave him alone. They will be inspired by how Nathan uses the inner strength–his LOUD voice-the Voice that he learned in his karate class that he drew upon to shut down those bullies.
The Story-For Parents
Parents will value QUIET Voice LOUD Voice as a foundation for teaching children about encounters with bullies. We hope that our children will never have to face those bullies; but if they do, we want to know that they will prevail! Hear your child ROAR!!
As a Teaching Tool
For years parents have approached Renshi Matt, who has taught martial arts and self-defense to children for over a decade, with the same concern: "We don’t want our child to be violent or aggressive, but we don’t want them to get hurt either. What should we tell our child about self-defense?" Renshi formalized the answer in the form of the wonderful story that is QUIET Voice LOUD Voice.
Based on Renshi’s decades of teaching martial arts to children, QUIET Voice LOUD Voice lays out in wholesome story fashion three critical aspects of dealing with bullies; the same principles can also be applied to most any threatening situation. QUIET Voice LOUD Voice is also recommended as a visual aid for school teachers, martial arts teachers and other leaders of children as a foundation for discussing this sensitive topic.
Please support Renshi by ordering one. See him or Kyoshi to order an autographed copy.