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Karate Stupid: A True Story of Survival [Kindle Edition]

Scott Langley
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The Japanese Instructors’ Course is infamous in the Karate world. In 1997 it had been running for 50 years, with less than one hundred people successfully completing it – only four of which had been non-Japanese. In the same year Scott Langley was at the top of his game, a third degree black belt, captain of the British JKS National Team and JKS European and World Champion. He moved to Japan with a secret plan – to be the fifth foreigner to complete the course. This is the true story of Scott’s Journey, spanning five years, chronicling the highs and lows of facing karate’s toughest challenge and how he learnt to survive and never give in.

In Autumn 2013 Scott sent this book to his Sensei in Japan for their approval. They responded immediately declaring the book to be full of lies and misrepresentations of Japan and forbade him to publish it. He was suspended for a month and then affectively expelled in January 2014. Suddenly, his 30 year relationship with Japanese karate had abruptly come to an end. This had been major a part of his entire karate life and he had dedicated himself to its values and rules, running a karate organization in Ireland for over ten years. He never wanted to jeopardize his position or damage the reputation of the group. However, unfortunately, the sacrifices he made during this true story are nothing compared to the sacrifices he has had to make to publish it.

About the Author


Scott Langley began karate in 1985. Showing a rare combination of aptitude, dedication and love of the art, Scott rose through the grades at a steady rate. In 1991 he gained his black belt. However, this was just the beginning. He quickly began winning national competitions and in 1993 was selected for the Japan Karate Shotorenmei national team. While at university he trained daily at his university club and under the guidance of Sadashige Kato 8th Dan. By the time Scott graduated, he was a 3rd Dan and had become one of the youngest people to win the JKS World Championships. But this was just the foundation of what lay ahead. In 1997 Scott moved to Japan to train full time at the World Headquarters. In 2000 he was invited to enter the elusive instructors’ course and after two years of intensive training, graduated, becoming only the fifth westerner to complete the challenge. He moved to Ireland with a mandate to promote the JKS within the British Isles. Within a decade Scott’s group had become the biggest single style association in the UK and Ireland and was as big at the JKS in Japan. He now teaches fulltime at www.hombudojokarate.com


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About the Author

Scott Langley began karate in 1985. Showing a rare combination of aptitude, dedication and love of the art, Scott rose through the grades at a steady rate. In 1991 he gained his black belt. However, this was just the beginning. He quickly began winning national competitions and in 1993 was selected for the Japan Karate Shotorenmei national team. While at university he trained daily at his university club and under the guidance of Sadashige Kato 8th Dan. By the time Scott graduated, he was a 3rd Dan and had become one of the youngest people to win the JKS World Championships. But this was just the foundation of what lay ahead. In 1997 Scott moved to Japan to train full time at the World Headquarters. In 2000 he was invited to enter the elusive instructors’ course and after two years of intensive training, graduated, becoming only the fifth westerner to complete the challenge. He moved to Ireland with a mandate to promote the JKS within the British Isles. Within a decade Scott’s group had become the biggest single style association in the UK and Ireland and was as big at the JKS in Japan. He now teaches fulltime at www.hombudojokarate.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 769 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: eBookPartnership.com (9 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ICOOBQU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed this book - in fact I devoured it within 24 hours - but I enjoyed it in a different way to other books of westerner's experiences of martial arts in Japan, e.g. Moving Zen, Angry White Pyjamas, Year of the Chicken etc. Scott Langley writes with a brutal honesty about his experiences, although I suspect he has omitted some of the nastier events he encountered - maybe book 2 will be even franker - I hope he writes it. There is a dark theme that runs throughout this book, which all who seek to fulfil their dream of travelling to Japan and being accepted as an equal in Japanese Martial Arts, should take note of. The almost catastrophic mental deterioration due to the intense physical demands of the JKS Instructors Course and the cultural shock of living in Japan is palpable. However, that is not to say that the book is depressing or sad - far from it! Scott Langley interjects some grand, ironical humour in the recounting of his experiences, and taken in context, I think these are a real testament to the integral toughness of the guy. Probably the least romanticised, most compelling book of its type I have read. Well done that man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violence, bloodshed, alcohol, deception and sex. 9 Jun. 2014
By APF
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I have known the author since he was a sixteen year old snotty nose kid donning a brown belt. Since that time besides becoming good friends I had been his sometimes suffering Sempai, training companion, drinking companion, and target practise.
I had just finished the last book in the series of A song of Ice and Fire, commonly known as The Game of Thrones. The following day I picked up Karate Stupid only to find déjà vu with a wealth of violence, bloodshed, alcohol, deception and sex. I also know most of the characters ‘named’ added to my own visits to Japan and so for me this was in colour from the start.
I had visited Scott and ‘Jen’ in 1999 before he embarked on the steps towards the instructor’s course. The book reminded me of the emails and phones calls between us. One particular email still remains in my mind it simply read “I am tired of seeing my own blood.” After much pondering I was at a loss for a reply, after a day it was ‘ganbette’.
Another resemblance to the Game of Thrones is the author’s character change from Jon Snow to ‘Reek’ till finally merging out of the fire as a Dragon.
Those of you who do not practise Karate but enjoy travel and experiencing new cultures, you will find it written here in full colour. I own and read ‘Moving Zen’ (C.W.Nicol), Introduction to Karate (Ken Singleton, my own instructors good friend) and Angry White Pyjamas by Robert Twigger (Aikido) all telling their own experiences training in Japan and Karate Stupid is up there with them.
Osu Philli 5th Dan “Ishii Sensei Disciple”.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a funny book. 13 Feb. 2014
By Rebecca
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I just have to agree with all the rest of the reviews. It's just a funny and brilliant book. Has to be read by all karate-ka. I finished it in two days because i just couldn't put it down. It really does open your eyes as to how hard and strict the training must be in Japan. It honestly shocked me reading this book. It is a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I trained with Sensei Langley last weekend, which was an amazing experience. He combines incredible ability with genuine humility which makes him a perfect teacher. Gentle, and humorous in his style, you are left in no doubt that he is a true master of his art and it is, as I described, an amazing experience to be in the same dojo as him. I bought his ebook and simply cannot put it down. It is one of those rare books that has you hooked from the first moment. It is a combination of several different stories, all woven into one tale, of growing up, of a prodigious karate talent, of travelling and living in Japan, of success...and failure...and fun. It is a story to be awed by, to laugh with, to feel sad for, and yet, throughout his enthusiasm and dedication to life, not just karate shine through.

A great book, about a great person. As with karate, so with this book, it is about so much more than its title! Recommended without any hesitation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Really enjoyed reading this book and what an superb true honest account of the course and more importantly himself . I must ask why have the JKS taken offence at the book to take action like they did ? Or maybe it's me not understanding the Japanese way of thinking ... hopefully when I'm in Dublin next I'll bring my gi with me ...thanks for the book Sensei, Gerwyn Harries Welsh Shotokan Karate Organization.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angry White Pyjamas meets Moving Zen 5 Mar. 2014
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I have a space on the shelf for "martial arts related books written by British gentlemen"; Scott Langley's offering now sits comfortably to the left of Mark Law (Judo), C.W.Nicol (Karate) and Robert Twigger (Aikido). This is a personalised account of his 5 years living and working in Japan. He was a karate-ka before going to Japan, but his experiences, especially as a kenshūsei (trainee) on the Japanese karate instructors' course, meant that it was a very different man who boarded the plane to fly home. His story is brutally honest, humorous and intelligent. His western expectations and aspirations frequently spar with a Buddhist-like acceptance as he travels unsteadily along his chosen path. There are, in this regard, shades of Moving Zen interlaced with the harsh physicality described by Twigger. Langley makes many observations of Japanese people and culture but is never disparaging. Some of these he struggles to rationalize, while other aspects become part of his self (or 'not-self'), a spirit distilled through perseverance and pain.
On the face of it, this is a story of survival against a backdrop of karate in Japan, but it also an exploration of physical endurance and how it connects with the human psyche.
There is very little technical jargon which makes it wholly accessible, and makes for an easy read. But at the same time this book will be thoroughly enjoyed by those who have an interest in budō and/or Japan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A blow by blow account
This is a blow by blow account of a foreigners dream to succeed and be accepted in Japan doing what he loves Karate. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Keiko
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story.
Published 17 days ago by Adam Donohoe
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A fantastic and frank insight into the voyage of a westerner going to train in Japan. I can’t say I “enjoy it” because of the things the author faced, however you do find yourself... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hoping for a little more reflection
This was a really interesting book, and describes an experience of Karate training into which few Westerners have insight. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book,amazing story.
Really enjoyed every page of this book,have a feeling I'll be reading it again and again!!
Published 2 months ago by jason d edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars very good, an inspiring tale
There are quite a few books out there about western students heading off to find Martial Arts teachers in Japan. Read more
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This is a. True story of sacrifice and survival. Sometimes the brutality is unbearable to read tearful and difficult to understand you are willing this man through each page to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steve king
5.0 out of 5 stars Go east young man
Read the book very quickly. A fascinating insight into life as a 'gaijin' in a hostile environment.
Published 3 months ago by japbike1000
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Well written and a page turner. I finished the book in 3 days. I'm not sure that full contact is the best way to learn, or whether you're just injured all the time and more likely... Read more
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