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This is a splendidly written adventure, something sane at last on the craziness of martial arts ( Independent on Sunday) Adrift in Tokyo, translating obscene rap lyrics for giggling Japanese high school girls,, "thirtynothing" Robert Twigger comes to a revelation about himself: He has never been fit nor brave. Guided by his roommates, Fat Frank and Chris, he sets out to cleanse his body and mind. Not knowing his fist from his elbow, the author is drawn into the world of Japanese martial arts, joining the Tokyo Riot Police on their yearlong, brutally demanding course of budotraining, where any ascetic motivation soon comes up against bloodstained "white pyjamas" and fractured collarbones. In Angry White Pyjamas, Twigger blends, the ancient with the modern--the ultratraditionalism, ritual, and violence of the dojo (training academy) with the shopping malls, nightclubs, and scenes of everyday Tokyo life in the 1990s--to provide a brilliant, bizarre glimpse of life in contemporary Japan. The course runs from April 1steach year and last for 11 months. During this time Twigger is required to attend training 5 days a week for 4+ hours a day, as well as cleaning duties in the dojo and extra training at weekends which can include special demonstrations. I was recommended to read this book when I started Yoshinkan Aikido last year. Regardless of how interested in aikido you might be, this is an amusing, at times fascinating, depiction of Japanese martial arts culture from the perspective of an outsider. Yoshinkan Aikido is a pretty small world it seems, and some of the characters in this book, although sometimes given a kind of fear/awe-filled celebrity by Twigger, are likely to cross your path if you take up the art. Robert Mustard in particular tours quite a lot and attends seminars internationally.

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But once he joined Japan's most famous Aikido "dojo", (academy) he came up against all the challenges a life of tough physical action had to throw at him: Sadistic teachers, even more sadistic friends, repetitive training, broken limbs and the ominous "nobbies". Communicates the existential purity of his elective regime with irrepressible passion ... it also has the unmistakable stamp of authentic experience ( Daily Telegraph) Access-restricted-item true Addeddate 2022-03-28 23:53:19 Bookplateleaf 0002 Boxid IA40413316 Camera Sony Alpha-A6300 (Control) Collection_set printdisabled External-identifier Robert Twigger is a British author who has been described as, 'a 19th Century adventurer trapped in the body of a 21st Century writer'. He attended Oxford University and later spent a year training at Martial Arts with the Tokyo Riot Police. He has won the Newdigate prize for poetry, the Somerset Maugham award for literature and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.Full Book Name: Angry White Pyjamas: A Scrawny Oxford Poet Takes Lessons from the Tokyo Riot Police urn:lcp:angrywhitepyjama0000twig_z8i8:epub:582853b5-9627-4f82-99de-dfe018419222 Foldoutcount 0 Identifier angrywhitepyjama0000twig_z8i8 Identifier-ark ark:/13960/s2wbgcq13sm Invoice 1652 Isbn 0753808587 He has also written for newspapers and magazines such as The Daily Telegraph, Maxim and Esquire, and has published several poetry collections, including one in 2003, with Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing.

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The book naturally takes its course through these 11 months as we hear about how Twigger fits into the group taking the course, as well as the wider Dojo family. We hear how his flatmates managed their training, life events that happened during the passage of training (including time spent outside the Dojo and a funeral) and of course, how Twigger progresses. Ocr tesseract 5.0.0-1-g862e Ocr_detected_lang en Ocr_detected_lang_conf 1.0000 Ocr_detected_script Latin Ocr_detected_script_conf 0.9659 Ocr_module_version 0.0.15 Ocr_parameters -l eng Old_pallet IA-WL-2000087 Openlibrary_edition Angry White Pyjamas is a book written by Robert Twigger about his time in a one-year intensive program of studying Yoshinkan aikido. Wonderfully oddball ... Here is a cult book all right, which could do for Japan and the martial arts what Hornby did for Highbury and the football terraces (Frank Keating Guardian) Overall really enjoyed it. Bought a copy to lend out to friends at the dojo so I don't have to give mine up.

At one point it looks at though an injury could get Twigger thrown off the course, but the death of the head of the Aikido school means a week with no training. An extremely interesting funeral follows where different factions of the school jostle for position as to who will be the head of the school in the future.



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