Empty Mind Films is the leading film studio for documentaries on the Martial Arts and the wellness of mind and body. Our films are authentic without sensationalizing or making false claims. In this way, we are regarded as the most accurate independent film source for traditional Martial Arts. We work hard to earn this reputation by telling the stories of the world’s top masters of Martial Arts and the cultures of China, Japan, India and South-East Asia. Beside broadcast television channels our documentaries are available for educational institutions, museums and libraries. To screen our films for public performance please contact us here.

 Jon Braeley. Director

Jon Braeley
Filming The Immortal Path with Master Zhong Yun Long at Wudang Mountain.

The director of Empty Mind Films is Jon Braeley. Our films are a combination of his passion for Asian culture, storytelling and photography. Born in Yorkshire, England, Jon began his career as an architect. In 1990 he moved to New York and switched from architect to photographer and filmmaker. In 1997 he produced his first documentary. In 2002 he founded Empty Mind Films and won his first major international film festival with The Empty Mind. Jon is also an experienced Martial Artist, gaining his black belt in Shotokan Karate at twenty one years. His knowledge of Martial Arts is extensive, having trained in many disciplines. Today he holds 5th dan Karate rank. Jon spends most of his time shuttling between China, Japan, India and the Empty Mind Films studio in the USA. When he is not making films, he is shooting photographs for publication or training at the local karate dojo… the same two passions he discovered as a teenager.

jon Braeley
Filming The Zen Mind. 2005 Kyoto, Japan

Read the feature story of Empty Mind Films by Black Belt Magazine written by martial arts author, Soren Xavier. Click here to Download the PDF file. Read an in-depth interview by Kendo World Magazine of director Jon Braeley during the making of Warriors of Budo. Click here to Download the PDF file.

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Customer Feedback…

FANTASTIC… thank you so much. All is OK now. Your help was invaluable and The Immortal Path download was achieved.

Andrew Coverdale. USA. 16.11.2017

I recently ordered the Kyudo and Japanese sword movies. What gems they are! It must have been an amazing experience to be invited to film.

Michael Duin. Belgium. 20.10.2017

I have bough every film made by Empty Mind. They are the gold standard in martial arts documentaries, absolutely brilliant.

Steven Williamson. British Columbia. 18.09.2017

Thank you so much for your prompt response. I have downloaded Episode Two: Karatedo. Great service!!

Diana Mejia. Australia. 08.09.2017

I have Warriors of Budo Episodes 1 and 2. These films are very well done. It’s a bit hard to describe, but they seem to capture something deeper than just what you see on the screen. Instructional for sure, but also very artful. I look forward to getting more of these films.

Mark Dickens. USA. 08.10.2017

I absolutely love the artistry and the amount of research that goes into your documentaries. As a practitioner of Aikido and Yang style Tai Chi, I learn a lot more from the videos you make. Great Job!!

Qy Pang. USA. 08.06.2017

After 20 years experience in Martial Arts, I sincerely believe that Empty Mind Films, Warriors of Budo are remarkable quality, for the presentation, the explanations of the art, the quality of the shooting. A pleasure for the eyes and the spirit. Accompanied by discoveries and information which are little approached by competitors. A REAL PLEASURE!

Karim Lassoud. France. 30.03.2017

I have the Aikido Documentary and most of the others. Your work is outstanding and a great service to our broad martial art community. Thank you for all you do in your films for promoting Budo.

Nathan Ray. Supreme Martial Arts, Raleigh. NC. USA. 04.03.2017

I have bought several of your wonderful movies and as a student of Chen taijiquan, Wing Chun and Escrima I’m very happy them them. Thank you for your excellent work.

Steve Danielsson. Sweden. 14.01.2017

Fighting Sticks of Arnis movie was amazing! The production quality was fantastic! I had an issue with my dvd when it arrived, but Empty Mind Films went above and beyond to make it right! Highly recommend this video!

 Gary Meekin. USA. 11.19.2016

I would like to say thank you for your superb high quality films. They are very professional and a joy to watch. Please keep making these wonderful works of art.

Darryl Lawrence. Senshinkai Dojo, Osaka, Japan. 08.09.2016

Allow me to express gratitude for your hard work and dedication. I love your films because they allow people to speak for themselves. The respect and care you extend to your films and the people in them is very evident. 

Samuel Roche. New York. 02.09.2016

I have bought two DVD movies from you so far. The first was The Zen Mind and the second was Wing Chun and both are really outstanding. Keep up the great work!

Geoffrey Allen. New Zealand. 11.07.2016

I just wanted you to know I received my DVD today. After being in the U.S. Navy for over twenty years I am well aware how packages get stopped on their way to me. I wish to thank you for responding to my concerns with professionalism and understanding. I really enjoyed the DVD and will now order The Immortal Path. Thank you once again Betty. You represented your company in a most professional way.

Andre Stone. U.S. Navy. 03.05.2016

I am the editor of Samuraido.org which is run by Martial Arts and history enthusiasts. I want to say that if one word can describe your films it is “stunning”. Warriors of Budo is amazing and I also personally enjoyed The Shaolin Kid as well. We have such high esteem for your work and would love to review some of your films. Thank you.

Jack Sharp. Samurai-do. 02.04.2016

Thank you for solving our browser issue. We did not realize it was this causing the problems viewing your trailers and films. I just finished watching your masterful documentary on Warriors of Budo: Kendo. They are so respectfully produced and expertly filmed. They leave me humbled. Thank you for the enjoyment of your work.

Marisol Kucharek. 16.08.2015

I greatly enjoyed episodes one to four of your Warriors of Budo series. I am about to order episodes five and six. You may not know what joy your films bring to those of us who relish Gendai and Koryu Arts.

Jules Robson. Kings College, New Zealand. 11.08.2015

I would just like to say thank you for great customer service. I received my DVD’s and they were so well filmed and produced. Thank you for all your efforts!

Patrick Chong. 18.07.2015

One of my favorite production companies is Empty Mind Films. They consistently turn out thought provoking, beautifully produced work. They have produced some of the highest quality and most engaging martial arts documentaries seen anywhere in the last few years. They are a small organization, and as a result are selective about the projects they take on.

Kungfu Tea Magazine. 01.12.2014

Here is a great film company, with some very well done, interesting and inspirational videos.

Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Institute. 21.02.2011