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Jenifer Tull-Gauger

KJZZ StoryFest Author 2019

About Jenifer Tull-Gauger

Jenifer Tull-Gauger is a 6th degree black belt holding the title of Renshi. She is the highest ranking female instructor in the United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance, an international alliance for traditional karate. She has trained in martial arts for over 20 years. Now, Jenifer is the co-head instructor for the youth and adult programs at East Valley Martial Arts, the dojo she owns and runs with her husband.    

In her writing career, Jenifer’s pictures and writings have appeared in several publications including Highlights Magazine for Children. She is a long-time active member of the international Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Jenifer enjoys putting her karate and writing passions together in dojo newsletters and blogs, as well as children’s picture books. She wrote and illustrated her debut children’s picture book, “The Can-Do Karate Kid: A Dojo Kun Character Book on Defeating Laziness and Procrastination,” which was released in May, 2019.  

Jenifer enjoys her continuous training in karate because it’s not only interesting, but it also helps her in all areas of life. Her favorite thing about being a karate mentor is watching students grow, improve and progress on their own paths. With the Dojo Kun Character Books, Jenifer makes the magic power of the most important teachings of traditional martial arts accessible to all readers. You can see more of her projects and the Bob Cat's Kids Advice Column at