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Karate Stupid: A True Story of Survival by [Langley, Scott]
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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: 1000 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 102 customer reviews
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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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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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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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I bought this book as a download to read on holiday as I am involved in karate and was intrigued about the famous instructors course.
The book is very well written and insightful and draws you in from the start. Scott Langley gives an open and honest account throughout.
Overall I would wholeheartedly recommend the book.
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There are quite a few books out there about western students heading off to find Martial Arts teachers in Japan. Robert Twigger's "Angry White Pyjamas" Stephen K Hayes on Ninjutsu etc. While the above examples are written more descriptively than this one, perhaps somewhat romantically , you can see the truth of this book shining out from the pages.

This book is written clearly and honestly and you get a real feel for the culture shock and casual brutality of the training the author went through. His spirit and tenacity are inspirational. A very good book.
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I read this book in two days and am considering reading it again straight off. It is a gripping story of determination to get through, and to go the distance. It is also very well written. The author's insights into Japanese culture, particularly that of the dojo, are extremely interesting. The violence that his masters used is shocking. Their culture was extremely hard, but I wonder if the author would call it cruel, or is it just a very different mindset? I only have two minor criticisms of the book. I would have liked a little bit more on the question as to why he did it. It was such a hard experience, but apart from a generalised reluctance to give up, I would have been interested in the question as to why he pushed himself through such an appallingly hard experience. The other thing I would have liked a bit more of is specifically as regards technique - were there any technical insights that he picked up that he could have shared with the reader? In reading Angry White Pyjamas or Waking Dragons, for example, I learned a little something about technique, but not so much in this book. Both those other books are excellent, by the way, and I am not sure how I would rank them as a "top three". I suppose it's a compliment, in a sense, to say that my only criticisms are that I would like to have read more from this author. Some kind of journal of his technical progress would be extremely interesting.
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