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Paperback, 6” x 9″
129 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-232-1

by Shawn Withers with Sylvia Sims

Having a stroke is not that rare, but when you are a 19-year-old kid and you are left half paralyzed, that’s devastating. Shawn Withers chose to fight back against this tragedy, through hard work and perseverance. He went on to earn a college degree and black belts in several martial arts styles. He opened his own martial arts school and developed a style of martial arts for people with disabilities. He has dedicated his life to spreading his philosophy that it is not about what you can’t do; it’s about what you can do. Join Shawn as he recounts his compelling story of courage and hear from the people who helped him along the way as well as those who benefitted from his experience.

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I consider Shawn my brother. He is closer to me than many of my family are and whatsoever he may need, I will always strive to give it to him. —Sensei Dustin Boyington

If the world had more people like Shawn, it would be a much better place! I feel proud and privileged that he is one of my Cane Masters, and a good friend! —Grand Master Mark Shuey Sr.


Shawn Withers holds a 4th degree black belt in Broken Wing Kenpo and a 2nd degree black belt in Shaolin Kenpo. He also has a Black Belt in O-Ki-Tao and holds the rank of Cane Master. He is a 2005 inductee into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame and a 2007 inductee into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He continues to teach martial arts to people with physical disabilities.

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