First 7 pages of Daigo Umehara’s Book translated

April 11, 2012




Crosscounters Zhi has been so kind to translate the first 7 pages of Daigo Umehara’s book ” The willpower to keep winning ”  on his twitter . He translated the prologue of the book. It’s starts of with daigo’s evo moment 37 and ends with the main theme of the book .




Daigo Umehara: “The Willpower to Continuous Winning” Prologue -



”Unbelievable”–this is the word that remains from that moment.

It’s the summer of 2004 in Cali. Every year, once a year, the strongest warriors gather at the largest summit for fighting games: Evolution

Also known simply as [Evo]. In the latest Evo, the tourney has succeeded to draw nearly 4000 entrants, with over 7000 online viewers.

The worldwide fans of fighting games descended down from 7/29-8/1 to determine who is the champion across 9 title games. One such title is

Street Fighter 3rd Strike. During the semifinal bout, it was I, Daigo, who faced against the strongest American player, Justin Wong.



Everyone in the building knew that this semifinal match was in effect the “real” final. It would later become known in Japan as “背水の逆転劇”

{Crude Translation: Comeback victory with back against the wall} or in the West as “Evo Moment #37″.

The college gymnasium where the tournament was held was teeming with Americans who loved video games.

All that was heard behind the depths of the closed curtains was the tumultuous roar, the thrilling commentary, and the thunderous applause.

The whole room was suffocating in an atmosphere of hype, a truly astonishing tournament moment.

It was the final round of the first match. I was Ken, and Justin was Chun-Li, and I was in dire straits. My life bar only had 1 pixel left.

Jdub’s Chun-Li didn’t even have to score a clean hit to win, if he forced me to block a special move, I would have died from chip damage.

Chun-Li was calculating the perfect time to unleash his multi-kick special “Houyokusen” to chip me to death.

Just imagine the scene: The “King of America” was waiting to inflict the final death strike. Everyone in the room believed in Chun-Li.

Certain of Chun-Li’s imminent victory, chants of “Let’s Go Justin” swept through the crowd.

Daigo: But I wasn’t fazed in the least.

Rather, I used the parry system to negate all of the chip damage from Chun-Li’s initial flurry of kicks,

then proceeded to air parry the final kick of the sequence. From there I delivered a flying kick, crouching medium, cancelled into Shoryuken

Finally, Ken used his Super Killing Art “ShippuJinRaiKyaku” to complete the miraculous comeback and KO Chun-Li.

The venue erupted in applause and the crowd arose in unison to celebrate the improbable comeback In those last 37 seconds.

While my life bar was slowly disappearing, there were moments when I did think to myself, “Fuck, this is it, I’m going to die.”

However, under duress and in dire straits, I found my resolve. In desperation with no other options, I focused all my mental will.

I entered a mental state where the cacophony of the crowd ceased and the game sound was the only thing I could hear

Nor did I hear the palpable gasps of the crowd who were all wondering aloud in unison, “is he going to parry it all? Who’s going to win?”

I did however feel that J was panicking. Surely, despite everything that was happening, using Houyokusen ensured his victory.

But Houyokusen has a fatal flaw. If it is full parried, there is a huge reversal window waiting at the end of the move.

I waited diligently and precisely for this opportunity. Lo and behold, Justin actually unleashed the Super Art.

At this very moment, my two hands began to move by themselves. By the time I regained full control of them, Chun-Li had stopped breathing.

The match was over, I was restored to my senses, and I could finally hear the din of the crowd in my ears.

That match became viral on the internet and reached over 2000万 collective hits. Thereafter “Daigo Umehara” became a household name.



The reason I was able to be number 1 in the world at age 17 is because, I didn’t have confidence in myself regarding

the time I put into the game, and I couldn’t hold that wavering confidence in check. In this regard I was very different

from other world champ competitors who were #1 in their respective fields. Unlike them, I never intended to be #1, it was all happenstance.

But this difference is precisely the reason that I was able to rise to the top for video games. In this book I wish to explore:


1)How to become world champion

2)How to prevail victoriously in a match

3)the tenacity and method required to win and finally

4) the personal lessons learned during the process of becoming a winner. Games are cultivated in an extremely esoteric genre.


Even then, humans are inherently involved, vying with one another until a clear victor emerges. I believe that the way of winning and the winning mentality can be applied not only to games, but life and work in general. Of course I am not asserting that all of these

methods are universal, but I firmly believe, without a doubt, that implementing the lessons I’ve learned through life towards

continuous winning is indeed very real. Above all, the main focus of this book is NOT about “how to win”,

but rather the crux of the book is concerned with “how to continuously win.” Why do I write about the latter and not the former?

Simply “winning,” and “continuously winning” are erroneously equated with one another. At times, the two are antithetical to each other

“Winning” can be equated as “producing a result.” “Producing a result,” and “continuously producing a result” are fundamentally different.

To condense the book into a single line, “those that are simply obsessed over winning will never achieve sustained victory.”

But if most people would say “Aha, that’s the whole secret to this book, right?” then there is no reason for me to be writing this book..



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