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Masutatsu Oyama… A Legacy

Kyokushin Karate

  He was often known just by Mas Oyama… one of karate’s legendary figures and a pioneer of full contact fighting. He was the founder of Kyokushin Karate which is now known under a number of titles. It is a karate style very orientated toward competition and we recently attended the 5th Kyokushin Cup All Japan tournament…

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The Book of Five Rings

Book of Five Rings

  Following from the last topic which mentioned Musashi, one of the most important and well known historical texts on the Japanese Martial Arts is ‘Gorin-no-Sho’ or Book of Five Rings by the swordmaster Miyamoto Musashi. This is a rare copy of the complete five scrolls kept in the office of Japan’s leading expert on…

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The Professor of Budo

Book of Five Rings

When we require a knowledgeable voice to talk about Budo, wether in the past or today, we turn to the Professor of Budo… Uozumi Takashi sensei. Professor Uozumi teaches and researches at the International Budo University (see photo below) and is the director of the Budo and Sports Research Institute. His main field of research…

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The198.com Article…

One Shot. One LIfe

One Shot. One Life on the web….”I try to bring you a mixture of content here on the website, things that are slightly offbeat for our specific theme, but have an interesting story/concept. I especially enjoy ideas that can be pulled across as inspiration, this post today takes on a spiritual vibe.”   Shockingly I…

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Hypebeast discovers Empty Mind Films

Jon Braeley at AJKF

The very “cool and trendy” website Hypebeast published a story on our new release – One Shot. One Life. Unusual for such a commercial fashion site… has Empty Mind Films entered the mainstream? Here is part of the reprint…   Empty Mind Films, an independent film studio specializing in eastern mind and body practices, presents…

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Zen in the Art of Archery

One Shot. One Life. Zen of Japanese Archery

A clip from One Shot. One Life. Filmed at the beautiful Enma Kyudojo in the grounds of the Engakuj Temple is best described by the book title, Zen in the Art of Archery. As Koyama Yasuko sensei states “The method of Kyudo that this dojo practices is that of Standing Zen.”       One…

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