History of Professional Wrestling...

The Unreal Story Of Professional Wrestling Not many people know that the circus that we know today as Professional Wrestling actually owes its beginning to submission grappling and prize fighting. This documentary discusses some of the early origins of this form of entertainment.   The Unreal Story Of Professional Wrestling by...

Secrets: The Viking Sword...

The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings’ rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the “Secrets of the Viking Sword.”...

Complete History of Swords...

Complete History of Swords, Full Documentary produced by The History Channel.  

The Japanese Sword

Have you ever wondered what goes into the making of a Katana? This insightful documentary interviews people in each stage of the craft. Vol. 1 – Japanese Swordsmiths Vol. 2 – Sword Polisher Vol. 3 – Bizenden Style Silversmith Vol. 4 – Scabbard Maker 10 Vol. 5 – Scabbard Painter Vol. 6 – Handle Wrapper Vol. 7 – Sword...

Judoka

Judoka is a documentary about the experiences of living and training in Japan by 1964 Judo player Doug Rogers who won important tournaments and trained with Masahiko Kimura.

Meiji Jingu Enbu Festival

This is the extended 7-minute version of the Meiji Jingu Martial Arts event at the Meiji Shrine on November 3rd 2011. We decided to upload the full version after we received repeated requests. You can download this movie at our website at http://emptymindfilms.com

Capoeira Documentary

“This is a documentary about Capoeira, a Brazilian Martial Art. It is made by talking to the teachers of capoeira in my life and filming the Capoeira events that happened around the north east. This is the short form version and will be used to raise money to get down to Brazil to film the old guard of Mestres and create a longer more comprehensive documentary. If you are interested in funding this endeavor or have any questions or comments please feel free to leave below or email me at feinproductions@gmail.com, thanks, -Ian (Gafanhoto)” The Circle from Ian Fein on...

Life Through Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu popularity as a self defense system has increased alot in the last couple of years. It teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger person by using leverage and proper technique. The practioner applies joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. Life Through Gracie Jiu Jitsu from olih on...

“Cage Fighting In The USA” Documentary

“Cage Fighting In The USA” Documentary from Muck Media on Vimeo.

Wing Chun Documentary

A documentary on the art of Wing Chun, a sacred Chinese martial art and the ground roots of Bruce Lee’s success. This documentary follows William Cheung, decedent and one of the first students of Ip Man and close trainer and friend of Bruce Lee. The relationship between a father and son and the passing on of a Legacy so great that it will change the art of Wing Chun forever. Should the Legacy prevail or shall it collapse? Created by Alexander Innes. The Legacy (Documentary) from Mesmeric Film on...

Shootfighters – MMA Documentary

SHOOTFIGHTERS from Richard Butterworth on Vimeo.

African Stickfighting Methods

South African Underground Stick-Fighting Intonga stick fighting is a martial art that has been practiced in southern Africa for centuries. Each combatant is armed with two long sticks, one of which is used for defense and the other to attack. In several townships around Cape Town, stick fighting is making a comeback, and earning some people some money. Trans World Sport feature on the traditional South African sport of Nguni Stick Fighting. A former boyhood past time of Nelson Mandela. Some broadcasters felt it was too violent for TV. A demonstration of Zulu stick fighting that we saw as part of the village tour at DumaZulu, near Hluhluwe, South Africa. The Suri The Suri, also known as the Surma is a population numbering around 20 thousand that live in Southwestern Ethiopian by the Sudanese Border. The Suri, along with the Mursi and Meen all speak languages that belong to the Surmic language family under the larger Nilo-Saharan language phylum. The Suri, Mursi, and Meen are sometimes all referred to collectively as Surma numbering collectively around 80 Thousand. Cattle Culture Cattle are enormously important to the Suri. They bring status; when two Suri meet they’ll ask each other how many cows they have. Cows are a store of wealth to be traded, and a source of milk and blood. Bleeding a cow is more efficient than slaughtering it for meat, and blood can be drawn during the dry season when there’s less milk. An animal can be bled once a month, from the jugular. The animals aren’t generally sold or killed for meat, though they are slaughtered for certain ceremonies. They are treated with reverence. Fires are lit to keep them warm and to protect against insect bites, they are covered with ash. Every boy is given a young bull to look after, and his friends call him the name of his bull. The Suri sing songs in praise of their cattle, and mourn them when they die. Stick Fighting A sport and ritual the Suri take extremely seriously is stick fighting. In many cases, its a way for young men to prove themselves to the young women. The fights are held between Suri villages and the fights begin with 20 to 30 people on each side. Of these 20 to 30 people, all get a chance to fight one on one against someone from the other side. During these fights there are referees present to make sure all rules are being followed. Many stick fights end within the first couple of hits. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part...

Roger LaFond Method of Savate, La Canne...

Roger LaFond method of Old Savate Kickboxing. La Canne, Baton and French Boxing

“Chop Chop” – Martial Arts Documentary...

“Chop Chop” was Paramount’s very first Documentary about the Martial Arts, filmed back in the 1960’s. An interesting look at the nature of Martial Arts in that...

Gurkhas Documentary

Gurkhas have been part of the British Army for almost 200 years, but who are these fearsome Nepalese fighters? “Better to die than be a coward” is the motto of the world-famous Nepalese Gurkha soldiers who are an integral part of the British Army. They still carry into battle their traditional weapon – an 18-inch long curved knife known as the kukri.In times past, it was said that once a Kukri was drawn in battle, it had to “taste blood” – if not, its owner had to cut himself before returning it to its...

“Choke” – Rickson Gracie Documentary...

The camera crew follows Rickson Gracie through a Vale Tudo tournament. This documentary offers a rare look at the mindset and training methods of a renown champion and pioneer in the world of Mixed-Martial Arts.

Doce Pares Documentary...

BBC Documentary “The Way of the Warrior: Eskrima, the Filipino Way” – Michael Croucher & Dr. Howard Reid, 1983. This documentary was shot one year after Doce Pares’ 50th...

Renaissance Martial Arts Documentary

Explore the little known history and heritage of Medieval and Renaissance Fighting and Fencing skills of European Martial Arts in this unique one of a kind 10 part documentary. Distributed by Tubemogul. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part...

Kyuzo Mifune – The Essence of Judo...

Filmed in 1948 when Sensei Kyuzo Mifune was 73 years old Kyuzo Mifune-san was born on April 21, 1883, in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture, on HonshÅ« Island in Japan, a year after the Kodokan was founded. On May 25, 1945, he was promoted to judan (10th dan), the fourth of 18 judoka to ever be so honored. In 1956, he wrote his classic book, The Canon Of Judo, still a remarkable exposition of judo history, philosophy, and technical description. To E. J. Harrison, he wrote a book foreword that was simple but expressed Mifune’s philosophical nature: “Freedom in continuous...

Wing Chun Documentary...

“Wing Chun” – a documentary sponsored by Shui On Land. The film shows how we can use Wing Chun and its philosophy to improve our daily life, as well as investigating its claims to be scientifically based. Made in Hong Kong, China and Macau by an international production team, the documentary was directed by Seamus Walsh and produced by Bill Yip. The film’s narrator is Vincent Lo Hong Sui, Chairman of Shui On Land, who shares his story of how Wing Chun has informed both his business and personal life, helping him to become one of Hong Kong’s most successful businessmen. The star of the film is Master Lui Ming Fai, a student of Master Ho Kam Ming and descendant of the Great Grandmaster of Wing Chun, Ip Man. Master Lui takes us through the forms of Wing Chun as well as sharing his insight on it’s elegance and practicality. The scientific testing of Wing Chun is provided by Dr. Justin Lee of Chinese University of Hong...