Daigo “The Beast” Umehara Writes a Book

It takes a lot to be a champ. It takes a lot to be a Guinness World Record holder too. It’s always interesting to learn about people who have accomplished either because maybe there’s something in their background, history, attitude, or view on life that reveals the “secret to success”.

Daigo with Capcom's Seth Killian holding the Guinness World Record certificate. Via Mad Catz's Twitpic.

Daigo “The Beast” Umehara is both. If his life as a tournament Street Fighter player is something you’re taking a close look at then you’re in luck, ‘coz the man himself will give you the details. Crunchyroll reports that The Beast is writing a book titled 『世界一プロゲーマーの「仕事術」勝ち続ける力』(“The Art of Being the World’s Best Pro Gamer: The Power to Keep Winning”?) where Daigo talks about his life and philosophy.

It’d be interesting to see how similar or different Daigo’s philosophies are compared to someone who was pretty much in the same Street Fighter competitive scene like David Sirlin, particularly since David has already written a book on his competitive tournament philosophies titled “Playing to Win“. It’d also be interesting to compare these philosophies to a champ in a different “fighting” field like, say, Bruce Lee (as he documented in The Tao of Jeet Kun Do).

The book will be published by Shogakukan (小学館) on April 2, 2012 (most likely Japan time). Unfortunately, there are currently no reports of an English translation.

Oh, and if you’ve never heard of Daigo Umehara (梅原 大吾), then you better take a look at this clip, which earned Daigo another World Record:

[Via Crunchyroll. Image via Mad Catz’s twitpic. Video via foolished.]

There is 1 comment.

  1. hans said on March 13, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Interesting clip. It looked like it coulda been pretty much anyone playing until the last 10 seconds or so (I haven’t played SF in years, so take that for what it’s worth). Epic Block!

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