Ara’s Rocky Road to White Belt

By Master Taekwon LeeJeffrey Nodelman

Illustrated By Ethen Beavers

On Sale: 10/31/17
Category: Graphic Novel
Series: Team Taekwondo
Ages: 6-10
Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 7-1/2
Pages: 96

$14.99 US | $17.50 CA

ISBN: 9781623368821

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$9.99 US | $11.50 CA

ISBN: 9781623368807

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ISBN: 9781623368814

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About Ara’s Rocky Road to White Belt

The first installment of an action-packed graphic novel series that teaches important life and character-building skills through the principles of martial arts


Ara is the odd turtle out in his family, preferring his rock collection to new or wild adventures—until he meets Baeoh, a confident tiger who practices martial arts. Unsure if he has what it takes to join Baeoh’s taekwondo team, Ara must learn how to come out of his shell, persist through failure, and accept the help of his new friends to complete the Tiger Fitness Challenge.


  • Action-packed adventures with personified animal characters.
  • Each book demonstrates principles such as discipline, honor, respect, and leadership.
  • With more than 300,000 active members, American Taekwondo Association International (ATA) is one of the largest martial arts organizations in the world.
  • Includes a free lesson valid at more than 1,200 ATA-licensed martial arts schools across the United States.

Praise for Ara’s Rocky Road to White Belt

“Lee and Nodelman blend the essential lessons of taekwondo with an idealized look at how family and friends can support self-confidence rather than diminish it. Messages about self-esteem, positive thinking, and persistence are never far from the surface, but the story avoids turning preachy…Beavers’s vivid, angular cartoons balance action-oriented scenes with more introspective moments. It’s a story that makes the success of a small first step feel like an epic achievement, which is exactly what someone lacking confidence needs to hear.”
Publisher’s Weekly

About the Authors

Master Taekwon Lee is a sixth degree black belt and master instructor with many years of martial arts experience with ATA International—the world’s largest martial arts licensing company. He’s the creator of the award-winning interactive children’s videos Agent G: The ATA Defender and Sgt. Safety as well as author of the children’s book The Legend of Baeoh.


Jeffrey Nodelman is a graphic artist, novelist, painter, and award winning animator who has worked with Walt Disney, Warner Bros, and Nickelodeon. He is a fourth degree black belt trained in ATA Songahm Taekwondo and a USA certified Ice Hockey coach. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with: one wife, two children, and three spoiled rescue dogs.

About the Illustrator

Ethen Beavers is the illustrator of a slew of comics for DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and IDW Publishing as well as numerous children’s titles, including the Star Wars Little Golden Books and the New York Times bestselling series NERDS. He lives in central California but can be found fly-fishing for trout all across the western United States. Learn more about his work at

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