Saturday, April 18, 2015

Warrior Arts Deadly Dance (Kickstarter) - Help Get This Martial Arts Documentary Made!


The Way of Kata in the Martial Arts

This feature film, currently in production, traces the evolution of Kata from it's first mention 1500 years ago as exercise and self-defense for Buddhist monks, to it's adoption by Okinawan Karate masters, and eventual migration to Japan, Korea, and the Western world.

The film features expert teachers in various styles explaining and demonstrating the movements particular to their art. In this story of the birth and growth of Kata (patterns or forms), we discover that each style is unique; they're all branches of the same vital tree. Kata is the thread weaving these diverse styles together. Kata is also a time-capsule, revealing exactly how these deadly arts developed centuries ago. Hidden within the kata we discover "secret" techniques, applications not always apparent. The method of deciphering this mysterious code known as "bunkai". In this ground-breaking film we will reveal and analyze bunkai applications.

Controversial disagreement among some martial artists will also be exposed in our film. Advocates of sparring and "more realistic" combative arts, some vocal critics compare the practice of kata to "swimming on dry land". After hearing arguments for and against the practice, you be the judge. Decide for yourself if kata is effective or not.

WARRIOR ARTS DEADLY DANCE is a uniquely entertaining, highly informative, and a visually compelling study of human ability. We've already started filming interviews and demonstrations with masters in the following styles: Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu, Wu Shu /Tai Chi Chuan, Shorin Ryu Karate, Goju Ryu Karate, Uechi Ryu Karate, Isshin Ryu Karate, Kempo, Taekwon-do, Muay Thai Boran, Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Japanese Swordsmanship, and more.

Jeet Kune Do Unlimited Founder Burton Richardson

Our campaign goal is to raise modest travel funding to send the filmmakers Al to Asia where they will film and interview talented experts in these various styles of warrior arts. To capture the true flavor and culture on location in Okinawa or Japan will add tremendous value to the entire production, thus ensuring its success.

As a long time resident of Hawaii, Albert is fortunate to be surrounded by hundreds of exceptional warriors. Hawaii has long been considered the martial arts gateway to the Western world. We've been actively compiling footage of these masters demonstrating their arts. Their amazing physical talents are show-cased against the cinematic back-drop of the island paradise. The footage from Asia will only add to the already tremendous production value.

As we learn about kata, we will also learn about a philosophy and moral code embedded within the arts. In today's world of political uncertainty, street crime, and fears of terrorism, it's easy to focus entirely on physical techniques. Warrior Arts: Deadly Dance reminds us of the true nature of the Martial Arts: they are ultimately a Way of life.

In six years we've produced and distributed six award-winning films!

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