Didi Goodman studied biology at Reed College in Oregon and philosophy at UC Berkeley, before leaving academia to practice writing and martial arts. She is chief instructor at Cuong Nhu Redwood Dojo, a school she founded in 1992 in Oakland, California.
Outside the dojo, she is a writer and poet whose work has appeared in many publications. She is the author of The Kids’ Karate Workbook: A Take-Home Training Guide for Young Martial Artists (North Atlantic/Blue Snake Books) Her essay “Learning from Children: Five Easy Lessons for Teachers,” appears in the book Martial Arts Teachers on Teaching, edited by Carol Wiley (North Atlantic Books). She was profiled in the book Sharp Spear, Crystal Mirror: Martial Arts in Women’s Lives, by Stephanie Hoppe (Park Street Press). Able Muse Press published a volume of Didi’s poetry titled Greed: A Confession. Her poetry has appeared in several journals, such as Crazyhorse, Notre Dame Review, Wisconsin Review, Cold Mountain Review, Whitefish Review; and the anthology, Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets. Didi also authored an illustrated chapbook titled Birds by the Bay.