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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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5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
No punches pulled! 7 mai 2014
Par 212richard - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
A real page turner from start to finish, this is the story many karateka would love to have told. Unfortunately so few people can lay claim to any of the author's experiences, they are so unique, that this book is bound to be a rarity. Vivid in detail and brutally honest, Scott Langley puts aside common sense to pound through year after year as a junior instructor in the JKS, taking beatings and abuse along the way. So few non-Japanese have gone through this instructor's program before him, will any come after? Highly recommended for anyone interested in karate in general but particularly as practiced in some Japanese dojo.
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Quick and interesting read 7 août 2014
Par JB Lazarte - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Personally, when it comes to non-fiction books, my standards get higher and it becomes a little more personal. For instance, with fiction I could forgive a weak narrative, provided the character development it brilliant and the plot is tightly wound together to create a good story. But with non-fiction, you can't rely on characters or the plot twists, what you're going to rely heavily is how the author tells his story to the readers, so the narrative has to be strong, and the author must be able to keep my attention from start to finish. When I read Karate Stupid: A True Story of Survival by Scott Langley, I have to admit that I didn't really set my expectations too high. But with that said, I was pleasantly surprised at how good a storyteller Langley is.

Sure, his story is fascinating and he has a lot of inspiring experiences to share to people. But it all boils to how he tells his story. All his experiences won't matter if he will bore the readers to death. But I'm happy to say that Scott Langley is far from being a bore. He has a natural way with words, and his stories flow easily and you could follow the narrative with ease. Somewhere along the way it will feel like you're just having a really good conversation with a friend.

One of my favorite "scenes" was when Langley met with his beautiful language exchange partner. I can't pinpoint exactly why, but I love the tender moments in which the author suddenly is overcome with a poetic flare in front of someone beautiful. I giggle at the lines, "I am trying to reconcile the fact that Japanese has no future tense and never uses pronouns with my desire to ask her, 'Where shall we meet next week?'"

I also like the footnotes about Japanese terms that need to be explained, but which explanation need not disrupt the narrative, and the carefully selected photos within the book. It all makes everything even more personal somehow.
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Karate Bloody and Broken 21 août 2014
Par Dale Napier - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Langley's book is a readable description of his advanced karate training in Japan. The book is informative in ways that similar memoirs are not, but starts with a build up that fails to deliver, leaving me feeling deflated at the end. Langley describes a karate world that few people experience: bloody and violent, on a daily basis. No punches pulled, safety equipment not worn, permanent injuries not uncommon. Apparently he was abandoned by his teachers and school in America after he published this book, which he was ordered not to publish. But the way he plays it up leads us to expect a big blow off at the end - if not a fight, certainly an angry confrontation. It never happens. He eventually just goes home for normal reasons after several years, and the story ends. I'm not saying he should have beefed up a phony climactic ending, but if not for the anticlimax I could have given this book five stars. Too bad he didn't finish by telling us the story of the book and how/why it caused such a stir in the karate community.
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Outstanding Reading 17 novembre 2014
Par Clint - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I cannot believe I nearly put this book down a few chapters in. All I an say after finishing the story is that I am simply amazed at Scott as a person and martial artist, his attitude and perseverance to make it through despite the things he experienced in a foreign country.

Well worth reading if your interested in Karate, the Martial Arts in general or even just Japanese culture.
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This is a story of one European karateka's journey - and his survival - in the Japanese Instructor's course. A must read. 12 février 2014
Par the Doc - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
This is the story of someone who did the equivalent of SAS training - martial arts style, at the JKS Hombu Dojo, Tokyo. Very few complete the course, especially foreigners. Scott Sensei did survive and successfully graduated, but at a cost. This is his journey. Buy this book for a first rate read, and an inside look into the largely hidden world of very tough Japanese karate training and its harsh testing of body, mind and spirit.
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