WARRIOR ARTS DEADLY DANCE
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.
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.