Remembering Sensei

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About Meron Langsner, Ph D

MERON LANGSNER, PhD, is a playwright, scholar, educator, and professional theatrical fight director.  He has been published by McSweeney’s, Smith & Kraus, Applause Theatre Books, The Journal of Asian Martial Arts, McFarland, and numerous other imprints.  He was one of three writers in the country to be selected for the pilot year of the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright Residencies, and his work has been performed around the country and overseas.  He has composed violence for over 150 theatrical productions and films in both professional and educational venues.  Meron holds a black belt in Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate, masters degrees from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Brandeis University, and a doctorate in Theatre History from Tufts University.  He was a part-time instructor with IMPACT Boston throughout most of his doctoral work.  Visit him on the web at


  1. Thank you for writing a beautiful story about your memories of Sensei Joseph Carbonara. I’m his son Joseph’s girlfriend. I only knew Sensei Carbonara for about 5 years, as I met his son March 2008. It’s very eye-opening for me to see how many people he touched and still touches since his passing a few months ago. I’m still just becoming aware of what a great man he was, and how sorely he’s missed by so many people.

    Thanks again for keeping his memory alive. The more people who discuss him, the more he continues to live on among us.


  2. Mr. Langsner, its August 14, 2013 and I am missing Sensei dearly. I am a student of the Budokan Dojo. It has been nearly 7 months he has passed and I often reflect on conversations, pictures, training, video and pure memory of my time with Sensei. I was doing a Google search to see what I could come up with this evening around 9:15 pm hoping to find something new, something I hadn’t seen or heard before…
    I can’t thank you enough for your writing of him. It warmed my heart and I am sure his as well.
    Domo arigato.

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