Karate with your Dog: why Karate is Going to the Dogs

Jenifer Tull-Gauger’s second picture book includes karate and the adoption of a dog, and so the book’s publication will be celebrated with a class on Karate with your Dog. The launch party will take place 9:45 a.m.—11:30 a.m. on Saturday February 15th, 2020, outside East Valley Martial Arts in Mesa.

The party will include book signings, a book reading, pictures with your dog and the author, and a special karate class called Karate with your Dog. Participants in the class are invited to bring their dogs to go alongside them through a martial arts influenced obstacle course. Donations will be accepted for the Arizona Humane Society.

Ms. Tull-Gauger says, “As traditional karate instructors, my husband and I are looking forward to hosting a fun, unique event while keeping a focus on safety, as we do in all our classes.” She both wrote and illustrated her new picture book, “The Two True Karate Kids.” The book reflects Ms. Tull-Gauger’s personality in that it is fun, unique and influenced by traditional karate.

About the Book that Inspired Karate with your Dog

In the character-building children’s picture book, a karate boy and a karate girl get tangled up in the webs of dishonesty. This is due to only one of them being allowed to adopt a dog. Dishonesty is portrayed as a yellow and green, size-changing spider. The karate friends must battle this negative character trait in an attempt to save their friendship. The website www.JeniferTullGauger.com has book trailers and more information about this and the author’s other books. “The Two True Karate Kids,” geared toward kids aged five to ten, is available to order online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

ready for the karate with your dog class

For the event, minors under the age of 18 must have a guardian present with them at the launch party, and all dogs must be on a leash and under control of their handler. Contact jenifer@evma.net to reserve a spot in the Karate with your Dog Class, for more information, or in the event of rain for the alternate date and time.

About Jenifer Tull-Gauger:

Jenifer Tull-Gauger is a 6th degree black belt holding the title of Renshi. She is the head instructor of the Little Dragons early childhood karate program and the co-head instructor for the youth and adult programs at East Valley Martial Arts. Jenifer is a long-time active member of the international Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She also enjoys gardening, spending time in nature, writing poems, art and spending time with her dog. 

About East Valley Martial Arts:

East Valley Martial Arts is owned and run by Kirk Gauger and his wife Jenifer Tull-Gauger. They teach traditional karate from Okinawa, which is a life protection art. Black belt instructors at this school are certified through the United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance, an international martial arts organization. East Valley Martial Arts is located at 1829 S. Horne Ste. 8 in Mesa, 85204. For more information, visit the website.


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