The Short Staff

The short staff, in my opinion is one of the most universal weapons. Something like this can be found in almost every culture, and it is one of the traditional weapons that is absolutely appropriate for modern Martial Artists, as common items from broom or mop handles, dowels, pipes, to pool cues are of a similar length and can be adapted to use as a weapon.   Donn Draeger & Kaminoda Tsunemori – Muso Ryo Jojutsu   Silat Suffian Bela Diri – Short Staff Seminar (Buluh Runcing)   Irish Stick Fighting Methods     Kashi Porrazo: Meso-American Stick Fighting (Yaomatchia)   Long Staff Methods Juego del Garrote Canario-A Maestro Paquito Santana   Sanatan Shastarvidiya – Lathi (Long Staff Fighting)   Chinese Shaolin Method   Last but not least: The Kung Fu Bear Staff...

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...

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

Katori Shinto Ryu

Way of the Warrior – Katori Shinto Ryu This is a wonderful BBC documentary series from 1982, originally broadcast on the BBC 4 TV channel. The series is comprised of 8 episodes, each about 40 minutes long. This episode features the Japanese Koryu school of Katori Shinto ryu. This is Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu – Japan’s oldest and most traditional sword school – considered the pinnacle of classic Japanese martial arts. Features part of a rare interview with Otake Risuke, the school’s instructor. See the full clip as part of the feature length movie, Art of the Japanese...

Kyudo: Japanese Archery...

One Shot One Life The pursuit of excellence through the art of Japanese Archery or Kyudo – ‘the way of the bow’. Over six years ago we posted a kyudo video which received many comments, most of which focused negatively on the master archer missing the target. For many people it is hard to seperate success from not hitting the target. In our new film, One Shot. One Life, one of the kyudo masters is very accurate… he simply never misses the target. Yet he states: “The techniques for facing and hitting the target are quite simple. I used to be a national team member, and at that time I had to hit the target no matter what, practicing until my hands turned black. Eventually all that technique became obsolete in exchange for the ability to express myself through the bow.” In our film this master archer prepares for the extremely difficult 8th dan grading, whose pass rate is below 1%. But for all his ability to hit the target, can he pass this strict examination? We leave you with more quotes from our film that offer insight into the art of Japanese archery…”Even if we dedicate a lifetime, we will not be able to master it. If we keep this in our mind we can continue further. This is one of the things I was taught by my Sensei and I will not forget. I strive to practice everyday feeling like a beginner. My Sensei often said “when we face the target we are facing ourselves as a mirror”. It is wrong if we do not face the target in this manner. Ultimately, no technique is left, no form is left, nothing but the archer’s humanity remains. For the observer, this is very...

Shinkendo Aikido

A quick overview of the facets of solo, paired, and live-bladed sword techniques and aikido throws, arresting, and tanto techniques. Main shoot was shot within 3 hours. Special thanks to Toshishiro Obata Sensei and the Honbu (World Headquarters) Dojo in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA. International Shinkendo Federation – Shokai Reel from Onyx Cinema, Inc. on...

“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...

Zulu Stickfighting – Burton Richardson...

This video is a comparison by Burton “Lucky Dog” Richardson of Zulu stickfighting and Filipino Kali stickfighting, and includes sparring footage of both methods. Burton visited Zulu villages in South Africa on four separate occasions, beginning in 1994, and he has learned a great deal of functional fighting techniques and principles from them. One move in particular is examined. This tactic is used often by the Zulus, and Burton includes the misdirection in his Battlefield Kali program. When watching, please notice how often the Zulus laugh during sparring- especially after hitting Burton! Most of their sparring is done in a very good-natured way, and serves as a great lesson for all of those who want to develop a high level of fighting skill. Have fun sparring often! A big thanks to all my Zulu friends! They are always very kind to me. Burton discusses the tactics he experienced in...

Burmese Martial Arts: Bando/Banshay Exhibition...

A Martial Arts Expo, highlighting some of the various forms of Burmese Bando (empty-hand fighting) and Banshay (Weapons fighting) systems.

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...