Derek Padula

Derek Padula is the Dragon Ball Scholar. He illuminates the real-world historical, spiritual, and philosophical culture of Dragon Ball to enable readers to better understand the series and empower themselves on their own life journeys. He is:

  • The author of 8 non-fiction Dragon Ball books
  • The creator of "The Dao of Dragon Ball" website
  • The screenplay writer of the "Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope" live-action web series, with over 30 million views on YouTube, and which described as, "Finally, the live-action Dragon Ball Z we deserve!"

His books include the #1 best-selling Dragon Ball Z "It's Over 9,000!", "When Worldviews Collide", "Dragon Soul: 30 Years of Dragon Ball Fandom", and the 7-volume "Dragon Ball Culture" series.

Reviewers praise his books as, "A true masterpiece. Highly recommended!", "Essential reading for Dragon Ball fans", "The incredible insights will change the way you view the show forever", and "For Dragon Ball fans who think they know everything."

Derek works with the official Dragon Ball voice actors to write his books, including the voices of Goku and Vegeta (Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat), as well as marketing and production professionals at FUNimation and Shonen Jump.

He has consistently discovered lost Dragon Ball lore and shaken up the Dragon Ball fandom. For example, in 2016 Derek received an apology from the screenplay writer of Dragonball Evolution, where he expressed regret for the way he wrote the script and promised to do better moving forward. This shocked fans and Hollywood alike.

He is a Grand Rapids, Michigan based author, with a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Chinese language from Western Michigan University. He is a former Shaolin Kung Fu instructor and current Falun Dafa meditation practitioner. He has written about the culture and philosophy of Dragon Ball since 2003, and is an expert on Dragon Ball, martial arts, and Eastern philosophy.

Derek has been described by his fans as, "a 21st century J.R.R. Tolkien of DBZ, and a man of honor and integrity."

Derek's official Facebook: The Dao of Dragon Ball
Twitter: @derekpadula
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Derek Padula's books are available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook. They can be purchased at the following sites:

Additionally his books can be found in bookstores, libraries, K-12 schools and libraries throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Brazil, South Korea, China, and India.



Dragon Ball Food!

Discover the fun and exciting food-based names of Dragon Ball, the world's most-recognized Japanese cartoon and comic. Dragon Ball Scholar and local Grand Rapids author Derek Padula will entertain all age groups with the silly and easy-to-understand names of Dragon Ball's main characters, places, and things. Learn about Eastern and Western culture, food, and language. - Free food samples provided, while supplies last.


Dragon Ball Fashion

Pop culture and fashion are linked. Dragon Ball Scholar Derek Padula will show you how Dragon Ball was inspired by real-world fashion and then inspired its own fashion trends. With examples from ancient China, 1980s chic, and modern Western tracksuits, you'll see how Dragon Ball is a product of its environment that then shapes our environment.