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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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  • Broché: 200 pages
  • Editeur : Mason Press (13 février 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 178301346X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783013463
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,3 x 1,1 x 20,3 cm
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Par Maxime B. le 16 août 2015
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Excellent bouquin ! Le style est génial, facile à lire. Langley transmet sa motivation, son courage, son enthousiasme. Chaudement recommandé
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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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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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Karate Stupid - a 5 STAR read. Buy it, read it & enjoy !!! 4 janvier 2015
Par Hugh Semple - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover. It will appeal to all students & fans of martial arts but also I think to anybody who has an interest in the Far East, Travel & Adventure.
Follow in the author's footsteps as Scott navigates through the customs & etiquette of life in Japan as a Westerner, compounding the hardships by entering the world famous Japanese JKS Karate instructors course where Scott has to immerse himself in the rules & regulations of the dojo, along with the etiquette, politics etc that it entails to qualify as one of only 5 Westerners to have successfully completed the course.
The book in well written with a beautiful use of language, the tale is told in a very frank, open & honest manner, sometimes brutally honest but however is balanced with the author's obvious good sense of humour & spirit required to survive the course.
I would recommend this book to anybody as a really good read, in fact I couldn't but the book down & had in read in just 3 days, and patiently await the follow up Karate Clever where Scott continues his adventures and Karate life in Dublin, Ireland.
One of the best books I have read in years and have no hesitation in giving Karate Stupid 5 STARS.
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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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like people who have written here have their opinion 29 décembre 2014
Par Tallby - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Bought this for my Partner as he also practices karate, so this review is from him, the book itself i was not able to put down, from one night to the next, the story of a westerner going to Japan to train in the art of karate, very hard training a lot of the time and although people have made their reviews out to be that Sensei Langley complained a lot, i do not see it that way, he wrote the book from his point of view, his opinion, like people who have written here have their opinion. The book i thought was a great read and told the story of his path of life whilst in Japan, some people don't like it, thats their choice, i loved it.
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