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Derek Padula

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in East Grand Rapids, The United States
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Derek Padula is the author of The Dao of Dragon Ball website and book series; the first to reveal the deep history, philosophy, and cultural roots of the world's #1 anime and manga.

Derek's journey begins when he sees the Dragon Ball anime in 1997. His love for the series inspires him to start martial arts training in Shàolín gōngfu, tàijí-quán, qìgōng, karate, and Fǎlún Dàfǎ meditation. He earns his B.A. in East Asian Studies and a minor in Chinese from Western Michigan University. Then he studies abroad in Běijīng, China where he trains with the Buddhist Shàolín monks and a Dàoist tàijí sword master. After returning home he begins his life's work.

He is now an authority on Dragon Ball and loves to share his understanding of this profound se
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Pyontatto’s Name Explained

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Who is Pyontatto? Even Akira Toriyama forgets the origin of this character’s name. So let’s go down the rabbit hole to reveal the mystery of Pyontatto!

Pyontatto only appears in a single panel of a single chapter (Chapter 433), and most fans forget that he even exists, let alone remember his name.

Pyontatto (ピョンタット) is a young martial artist that competes in the junior division of the 25th T...

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"Amazing! it always gives me hope. I love how I can see how dbz has inspired and helped other people in the world...... Thank you Derek Padula, for creating this, it means alot. and Javier Secano aswell."
Dragon Ball Z 'It's Over 9,000!' When Worldviews Collide by Derek Padula
"I already had some points in mind when reading this, some are completely new thoughts, so it's a good read overall, can't wait the complete book of the dao of dragonball."
Dragon Ball Z "It's Over 9,000!" When Worldviews Collide by Derek Padula
"I grew up watching Dragon Ball Z. My first favourite character was Trunks, son of Bulma and Vegeta – the biggest plot twist in the story’s hundreds of episodes/manga chapters. In my late teens, I loved Videl, the feisty daughter of the lying-but-h..." Read more of this review »
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“Equality of opportunity is not enough. Unless we create an environment where everyone is guaranteed some minimum capabilities through some guarantee of minimum income, education, and healthcare, we cannot say that we have fair competition. When some people have to run a 100 metre race with sandbags on their legs, the fact that no one is allowed to have a head start does not make the race fair. Equality of opportunity is absolutely necessary but not sufficient in building a genuinely fair and efficient society.”
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“Above a certain level of income, the relative value of material consumption vis-a-vis leisure time is diminished, so earning a higher income at the cost of working longer hours may reduce the quality of your life. More importantly, the fact that the citizens of a country work longer than others in comparable countries does not necessarily mean that they like working longer hours. They may be compelled to work long hours, even if they actually want to take longer holidays.”
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“Health is the natural condition. When sickness occurs, it is a sign that Nature has gone off course because of a physical or mental imbalance. The road to health for everyone is through moderation, harmony, and a 'sound mind in a sound body'.”
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