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Uchi Deshi Book


One Boy’s Flight to Mas Oyama’s Japan

Uchi Deshi | Book One by Nathan Ligo


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One Boy’s Flight to Mas Oyama’s Japan
Uchi Deshi | Book One
by Nathan Ligo

Mere teenagers at the start, Judd Reid (Australia), Nathan Ligo (USA), and Nicolas Pettas (Denmark) were the only 3 foreign uchi deshi (private residential students) ever recognized by Mas Oyama with certificates from his grueling Young Lions’ program. After enduring overlapping periods of 3 years each, Judd and Nick would become formidable fighters, proponents of a training style that reached its pinnacle in the 1990s and gave equal weight to body conditioning in the pursuit of tournament victory. But Nathan Ligo, “the American,” the most unlikely of the three, reached just short of 600 days in the 1000-day program and disappeared in the night, unable to face Mas Oyama at the moment of his collapse.

What had happened? Why did he leave? And why did Mas Oyama, who’d had more than 100 foreign uchi deshi for shorter periods of time, select only Nathan for an honorary certificate of completion? What was it about Nathan’s raw personal struggles, and the path he chose in response—combining academic learning and writing with what would become 25 additional years of karate training experiences around the world—in which Mas Oyama saw a spark worthy of uplifting? Mas Oyama’s intent for his foreign uchi deshi was always that they would return to their countries, reintegrate socially, and propagate Budo Karate at home. Could he see that having felt such bitter failure, Nathan would now never break his vow to dedicate his life both to teaching karate in America, and to the daily inner struggle that Mas Oyama taught should be at the core of Kyokushin?

One Boy’s Flight forms the more intimate side of a natural trilogy with Judd Reid’s The Young Lions and Nicolas Pettas’s Blue-eyed Samurai. What was life really like in the Young Lions’ Dormitory? What were the sensations, the hopes, the fears – the dangers! – the pleasures and the pain? What was it like to learn directly from Mas Oyama, every single day, for hundreds of days on end? Who was Judd Reid in his first 500 days, and Nicolas Pettas in his first eight months, after they arrived in Japan to begin their training? Who was Nathan Ligo who spent more days as Mas Oyama’s personal student than any other American? If you’ve read either Judd’s book, or Nick’s, and still hunger for a read that will draw you in and show you what it actually felt like to be Mas Oyama’s uchi deshi, you will find that book here in this first installment of a saga that will continue as Nathan, a classically trained writer, reveals to you, on a completely different level, life in the Young Lions’ Dormitory.

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Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 6 x 1 in


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