empty mind films

Director + Filmmaker Jon Braeley

The Leading Film Studio for Martial Arts and Mind and Body

Our documentaries are authentic without sensationalism. In this way, we are regarded as the most accurate source for traditional Martial Arts, Spirituality and Wellness of Mind and Body

"Empty Mind Films consistently turns out thought-provoking, beautiful work!"

Editor, Kungfu Tea Magazine

Jon Braeley

Empty Mind Films

Film Director Jon Braeley with Chief Taoist Priest Zhong Yun Long at Wudang Mountain in 2014. Jon began filming at Wudang Mountain over twenty years ago and has returned many times since. In 2014 he filmed The Immortal Path which reunited him with Grandmaster Yun Long.

Empty Mind Films was founded in 2002 by film producer, Jon Braeley. Since then, we have released twenty eight full length documentary films and numerous short films. Our films are shot on location in Japan, China and South-east Asia. Our mission is to document the martial arts and wellness of mind and body. We had one simple rule: To feature only real masters of their art, and if unavailable, we would wait. In some cases, for many years. Our reputation for honest reporting has given Empty Mind Films a dedicated following around the World. This has grown to proportions we never imagined possible when we released our first martial arts film, The Empty Mind. Since then we have added genres such as Zen and Buddhism, Yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine and more. Our documentary films have been shown on broadcast television in over twenty countries and featured in museums, libraries and universities. 

Jon Braeley

Director Jon Braeley with Second Generation Grandmaster Hironori Otsuka, the grandson of the founder of Wado-Ryu Karate. Photo taken at the Wado-Ryu Hombu dojo in Japan. Jon practiced Wado-Ryu Karate with Sensei Tatsuo Suzuki, the first student of the founder.

Empty Mind Films is a combination of director Jon Braeley’s passion for martial arts, 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 then filmmaker. In 2002 he founded Empty Mind Films by combining filmmaking and Martial Arts. 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 including Aikido and Tai Chi Chuan. Today he holds 5th dan black belt in Karate. Jon spends his time shuttling between China, Japan, India and his home in Miami Beach. When he is not on location filming, he can be found shooting photographs for magazines or at his local karate dojo… still doing the same two passions he discovered as a teenager.

The Team

Behind the Scenes with our Film Crew