Jim Mather graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Communication and minor in Creative Writing. He went on to receive an MA degree in Education and reach Ph.D Candidacy, also at Stanford. He has published hundreds of articles in various periodicals, including years as a columnist for Black Belt Magazine. He has spent many years in the martial arts and still teaches at one of the country’s oldest karate schools, California Karate Academy in San Jose. He is a former national karate champion and served for several years as national coach for the USA Karate Team under the U.S. Olympic Committee. In the late 70s, he caught arrows on the old ABC TV show, That’s Incredible!, and was the subject of a PBS short feature entitled The Arrow Catcher.