Documentary about empty hand Kata, featuring interviews with some of the most respected names in Traditional Martial Arts.
Kata - The Film
"Ask questions freely of the Master and other Superiors, because you must strive to understand what you are learning."
Ryukyu Kempo Guiding Principle #10
This film is the first of its kind -
Through interviews with some of the most respected Senior yudansha in Martial Arts, from several Traditional Martial Arts Styles, this film will explore the many facets of Empty hand Kata.
It will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to listen to the keen insight from Yudansha, that represent well over a combined 300 years of Martial Arts experience
Some of the Yudansha who have graciously committed to being interviewed are:
Teruo Chinen - A living legend of Gojo Ryu Karate.
Hanshi Albert Geraldi - One of Sensei Oyata's Senior students, and who also helped bring Sensei Oyata to the U.S.
Kaicho Alan Amor - President of The United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance and a former student of Sensei Oyata.
Kyoshi Neil Stolsmark - a 30 year practitioner, and one of the most respected names of Shorin Ryu.
Hanshi John Snyder - Who trained directly under Odo Sensei.
Sensei Robert Hunt - A long-time Shito Ryu practitioner, and Author of the book "The Art and The Way."
Renshi Micheal Newland - A Shorin Ryu practitioner with decades of experience, and a student of Kyoshi Stolsmark.
Sensei Jay Penfil - With 42 years of Martial Arts experience, and a current student of Sensei Peter Carbone.
Renshi Matt Apsokardu - Author of the Martial Arts blog:"Iki Gai."
Hanshi Jeffery Riggs - An Nakayama disciple with over 25 years of Martial Arts experience.
Kyoshi Anthony Carnemolla - Who was once Hanshi Geraldi's Sempai.
Shihan Grant Campbell - 9 time USA Karate champion.
Renshi's Kirk and Jenifer Gauger - My Martial Arts instructors - who taught me the love of Kata.
They will be asked to give their thoughts on on many of the questions related to empty hand Kata, that those of us who are practitioners have often asked.
Questions such as:
What is the purpose of Kata?
If a Kata takes a lifetime to master, why do we learn so many?
Why do the Kata look "different" - depending on the style performing them?
Are there any Kata that remain unchanged from the original versions?
How are Kata still relevant today?
These are just some of the questions I will pose to the Yudansha being interviewed - there will be many others. It will be a fascinating look into the thoughts of those who have spent so many years In the Martial Arts.
The Yudansha being interviewed will also be given the opportunity to perform a Kata that represents the style they study, or that is their personal favorite.
This film will be an awesome resource for future Martial Artists, and will be a lasting legacy for those being interviewed for the film.
I want to take the opportunity to thank all of you who have chosen to support this project!
There will be others who agree to be interviewed for the film. Please subscribe to the twitter link as well, to keep updated on who has agreed to be interviewed for the film, and how the film progresses.
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There are many hurdles to this film, but I am confident - with your support - this film will turn out to be a piece of history for generations to come.
There has been overwhelming support for the concept of this film throughout the Martial Arts community.
The Yudansha who have agreed to be interviewed, as well the greater community of martial artists are looking forward to seeing all of that experience on one film, and eager to hear what the Yudansha being interviewed have to say about empty hand Kata.
One of the biggest hurdles I'll be facing is the travel to interview all of the Yudansha. Right now, I have to schedule trips to:
Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, Okinawa, and of course - Japan.
The other challenge was to decide which questions to ask of the Yudansha? There are so many, but I have narrowed it down to a list of about 15.
I think there are several values to this film fro the Martial Artist and future practitioners -
One will be having so many Senior Yudansha from so many different styles all on one film - this has never been accomplished in a documentary before.
Another is the conversation this film will generate between practitioners - bringing us as Karate-ka closer together.
No - this film will focus solely on Empty Hand Kata. I am considering doing another film on Kobudo that would follow the same format as this film.
Once the initial funding is in place, there will be an opportunity for any Dojo that wishes to order the film for resale.
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