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Bullying in childhood is one of the most common causes of psychological problems in adult life, yet one that is rarely addressed in ways that truly empower the victims. Gus Learns to Fly is a striking and powerful exception to that norm. In this short, easy-to-read volume, Kimberly Richardson, a gifted teacher of aikido for both children and adults, demonstrates how a bullied child can move from powerless victim to empowered survivor using the non-violence principles of aikido—and have a lot of fun in the process! I've been giving this book to my adult clients who are survivors of childhood trauma because it helps them as much as it helps bullied kids. This book is worth having in the library of any trauma therapist.
—Dr. Laura S. Brown
Author, Your Turn for Care: Surviving the Aging and Death of the Adults Who Harmed You
Ph.D., ABPP, Past-President, APA Division of Trauma Psychology
Director, Fremont Community Therapy Project in Seattle, WA. 



As adults, we might forget what it is like to be physically bullied on the playground. We train ourselves to ignore hurtful insults directed our way and encourage our kids to do the same. However, Gus Learns to Fly author Kimberly Richardson takes a different stance—one of action. She suggests to children and adults that when we combine positive metaphors, which our right brain and body loves, with specific practiced actions, which our left hemisphere appreciates, we can meet adversity with positive regard and create resolve conflicts harmoniously. Gus Learns to Fly is an excellent book to share with children and begin the dialog about their experiences on the playground and supporting them to take appropriate actions to keep themselves and others safe and empowered.
—Dr. Kristen Allott
ND, LAc, & National Lecturer on Health Issues

Kimberly Richardson Sensei and photographer Adam Crowley have created a wonderful, visually engaging book that brilliantly speaks to kids about one of the most important issues they may face.  I highly recommend it for kids, their parents and teachers, and for every dojo, regardless of the art.  Great job!
—Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan
International Aikido Master



Gus Learns to Fly is a delightful and beautifully constructed book with a profound message—Aikido teaches how to protect oneself as well as the other. Gus deals with a bully using the philosophy as well as the techniques of Aikido. I think this book will entertain, inspire, and educate children as well as adults about the value of Aikido in daily life.
—Mary Heiny Sensei
International Aikido Master



With dynamic engaging photos, this book will appeal to any young person seeking to find strength and direction in life—not just against bullies, but any obstacle that life throws in our path. wonderful and inspiring introduction to the spirit of Aikido. Highly recommended.
—Chris Bradford
Author, Young Samurai

Black Belt Martial Artist