Sonny Leads Karate Manga Vol. 1

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Sonny Leads is a black belt with something to prove to himself, and to the world. He's oozing with talent, but he can't seem to put it together when it matters most. So he takes the advice of a coach and follows his dream to train with the best in Japan. 

Before anything can go right, though, everything goes wrong. In the dojo. At his new Japanese home. Even in front of a cute university student named Haruka. Does Sonny have the fighting spirit needed to survive Japan?

He'd better. Because real karate isn't for pretenders.

This the first volume in a new series written by longtime Japan resident Richard Mosdell (5th dan JKF Wadokai) and illustrated by Genshi Kamobayashi (3rd dan Shotokan and Japan's leading karate-manga artist). The story is a realistic portrayal of the karate scene in Japan, and explores the challenges foreign karate athletes encounter when choosing a dojo, making Japanese friends, working in Japan, living in a Japanese homestay, and navigating the intricate network of Japanese karate organizations.

If you've ever dreamed about pursuing your goals — karate or otherwise — in Japan, this book is for you!

(Volume 1 includes a bonus section featuring a directory of karate organizations in Japan, a glossary of translations of the Japanese sound effects in the book, and an essay on coaching high school karate in Japan.)

160 pages. 5 inches by 7 inches. Paperback.