Welcome to Beyond the Pen, where "Reading Between the Lines" is a good thing. Each week Join us as we talk to the WARRIOR QUEEN herself, Cheryl L. Ilov, about her book The Reluctant Ninja: How a Middle-Aged Princess Became a Warrior Queen. This episode discusses the susceptible subject of sexual assault and the PTSD and depression that follows. We also talk about how she found her voice in Nimpo Taijutsu, changed from a victim to a warrior, and spoke out for those who can't/won't for themselves. Let her voice be an example of strength for you if you're going through this, have been through this, or even know someone dealing with this. Again, DISCLAIMER: The subject matter is a sensitive topic as we discuss sexual assault and the PTSD it causes so many. Thank you.
For more information on how you can buy your copy of The Reluctant Ninja: How a Middle-Aged Princess Became a Warrior Queen when it hits the market, head over to www.cherylilov.com today.
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Cheryl Ilov is an author, martial artist, dancer, and physical therapist. She is also the author of the award-winning and best-selling book, “Forever Fit and Flexible: Feeling Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond." With over 20 years as a physical therapist in private practice, Cheryl has helped thousands of clients recover from pain and injuries by integrating the science of physical therapy with the art of movement. She combines her personal experience of recovering from a debilitating chronic pain syndrome with her education and experience as a physical therapist to help her clients enjoy a vibrant, healthy life.
Cheryl's second book chronicles her journey into the male-dominated, testosterone-infested world of an ancient and obscure Japanese martial art based on the art of the ninja and samurai. She began training at the tender young age of 47, even though she did not go willingly. It took her teacher 3 years to convince her to take some classes with him to recover from a traumatic experience. She finally agreed to take a few classes even though she knew she would hate it. Ten years later she became her teacher's first female black belt. Cheryl believes that there is an invisible black belt and the spirit of a warrior in each of us, just waiting to be discovered.