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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”.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic story, I couldn't put it down. One for the karate Nerd or or just sports enthusiasts....not too technical and hilarious in parts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I can't help but compare this book to Robert Twigger's Angry White Pyjamas. Unfortunately it's nowhere near as good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by PeterNM
A very honest account of the highs and lows of tough training in Japan .very well written with good humor.Published 2 months ago by Karate-one
All Karate ka dream at some time about going to Japan. Train with the elite, learn Japanese and fit effortlessly in to life in Tokyo. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Compulsive from cover to cover.
I could sense the pain and great mountain to climb as the journey progressed. Read more
Karate Stupid (The nickname given to those in Japan who are crazy enough to practice Karate by those who do not) is aptly sub-titled A True Story of Survival -- and this biography,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by talprofs
For many years I have seen this book pop up in recommended reading lists for martial artists and I am very glad to have finally gotten to it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Charlie Fitzmaurice
The typesetting / printing format is not great quality and the text contained a few typos.
However, I love this book and Scott's adventures in Japan. Read more