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The Kingdom of Dust: A sad story about happiness


  • By Piotr Masztalerz
  • Narrated by Martine Baruch
  • Audiobook • 12 hrs 31 mins
  • Nonfiction

The author has spent his life studying the Japanese martial art of Aikido. When looking for teachers, he asks questions about the meaning of sacrifice, the physical and mental limits that can be exceeded.

This is a book about passion and the cost of following your dreams. With beautiful illustrations by Kim Soung (USA) – former Disney illustrator and an intriguing cover by Kuba Krawczyk (Poland), the book brings a new quality to the message of universal importance of the relationship between teacher and student. While it describes the martial arts world, this book does ask fundamental questions for which there are no simple answers, and the value is just asking these questions.


Author: Piotr Masztalerz

Length: 12 hrs 31 mins

Release Date:

ISBN: 978-1-963598-11-7

Explicit Content: No

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About the Author

Piotr Masztalerz (6th Dan Aikikai). Piotr began his Aikido journey in 1988 and is a professional Aikido instructor. He studied as a uchideshi under Kazuo Chiba Sensei in San Diego and is the founder and head instructor at Wrocław Aikikai Dojo.

“The Kingdom of Dust was published in Polish in 2018. It is a book about being an uchideshi- a full time student – about building a dojo, and about the nature of teacher-student relationships. Aikido Journal highly recommends this book…”
Aikido Journal

“Aside from Masztalerz’s fine writing and beautiful character sketches, anyone within the martial arts community who has committed to a teacher, all of whom who have feet of clay, will find this book of merit, because Chiba Kazuo and Piotr Masztalerz’s relationship is an extreme of something many, if not most, of us have gone through. And it is through the harsh light of the extreme that we can illuminate the subtler shadows of our own path.”
Ellis Amdur, A Critical Engagement With Piotr Masztalerz’s THE KINGDOM OF DUST

About the Narrator(s)

Martine Baruch is a voiceover artist as well as the chief instructor at Jersey City Aikikai.


Dear Friends,
We are pleased to announce the release of the printed edition of the Kingdom of Dust, by Piotr Masztalerz Sensei.
This book is our manifesto. It explains where our approach to training comes from and why we are looking for students, not clients. We sell it to pay the rent, to provide free training for people in need and to grow as a community. By purchasing it, you become part of its history and help survive our dojo – the Kingdom of Dust.


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