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Goran is a writer who holds a 5th Dan in Goju Ryu Karate. He lives in London and teaches and trains at Daigaku Karate Kai, one of the UK's strongest clubs. In 2006 his first book Waking Dragons was an instant bestseller on Amazon's martial arts listing and is now in its second edition. In 2008 he co-produced the highly acclaimed Four Shades of Black written by his Sensei Gavin Mulholland.

Goran's first novel 'A Sudden Dawn' tells the story of Bodhidharma (Da Mo / Daruma) who founded Zen and Martial Arts in the Shaolin Temple. His second novel CHOJUN is historical fiction set on Okinawa around the time of WW2 and tells the story of young man training in karate with the renowned master Chojun Miyagi (the 'real' Mr Miyagi).

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Last night we spent some time on kihon, which is often translated as 'basics' or 'fundamentals', but in fact - translated literally - combines the words 'ki' (chi in Chinese) and 'hon' which means 'main',so it can be taken to mean'the main or basic way of getting the ki/chi flowing'.

The practice of kihon serves to get the energy flowing through the body in the most effective and efficient manne... Read more of this blog post »
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Description: The epic journey of Bodhidharma, who brought Zen and martial arts to the Shaolin Temple
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message 11: by Dutch

Dutch Finally! I included your book in my online book reviews. :D I hope anyone who stumbles upon it will read it it. Hope all is well!

message 10: by Goran

Goran Powell How To Be Your Own Bodyguard
Just read and reviewed this great book by my sensei's sensei, Nick Hughes, who recently appeared on Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior. Highly recommended to put this on your e-reader!

William O'Brien Hi Goran- Thank you for your friendship!
Please visit my website http://www.peteradarkenedfairytale.co.uk
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date Feb.
Best wishes, William

message 8: by Goran

Goran Powell Lisa wrote: "Congrats on winning in the historical fiction category of USA Book News Awards."

Thanks Lisa!!

message 7: by Lisa

Lisa Yarde Congrats on winning in the historical fiction category of USA Book News Awards.

message 6: by Goran (last edited Oct 27, 2010 01:11PM)

Goran Powell A Sudden Dawn by Goran Powell
Just received word that 'A Sudden Dawn' won the best Historical Fiction prize in the USA Book News Awards 2010. Very excited!!

Francine Hi,
Thanks for the friend request.Here I was thinking I was special but you asked everyone who entered. Aw shucks, so much for a shot at my self-esteem boosting. I will look your book up in the library and read it as it does sound like one I may enjoy!

Cheers,toodles and all that,

Cheryl Thanks for the friend request Goran! I look forward to reading your book sometime :)

message 3: by Goran (last edited Sep 16, 2010 03:22AM)

Goran Powell A Sudden Dawn by Goran Powell

Copies have gone out to the 5 giveaway winners, both in the US and the UK

message 2: by Dani

Dani Moore Hi Goran, Thanks for the friend request. As you can tell I have a very eclectic group of books in my to be read list. I run two Official BookCrossing Zones in my town and so try to keep the shelves stocked with a true variety of books. I look forward to being able to read your book!

TheSecretWriter Hi Goran!
Thanks for the friend request.Your new book looks as if it's very interesting read.

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