Warriors of Budo Episode One: Karatedo

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Sensei Morio Higaonna, the Okinawan Karate master, is acknowledged as a true Warrior of Budo.

Warriors of Budo Episode One: Karatedo. Featuring the Okinawan dojo of Sensei Morio Higaonna who is acknowledged as a true Warrior of Budo. Such a warrior may train his entire life for a moment that never arrives. As a master of the fighting arts, achieving victory in a fight can mean death for the adversary. Yet at the highest level, a Warrior of Budo will choose peace instead of conflict. This is Warriors of Budo Episode One: Karatedo of Sensei Morio Higaonna.
We start our journey in India with the beginning of martial arts and the ancient style of Kalari, Karate's oldest ancestor. At the Shaolin Temple in China, we witness how the roots of martial arts started to grow and become two styles of internal (soft) and external (hard). Our main feature in Episode One takes place at the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Dojo of perhaps the greatest Karate master of all time.
Sensei Morio Higaonna is a Warrior of Budo. After seventy years of daily practice, his passion for Karate still burns bright, like a fire in his belly. Each morning Higaonna walks downstairs to his Okinawa dojo and begins his routine… warm ups and makiwara training followed by Sanchin kata and technique. Each evening he teaches class, leaving students panting for breath and with little strength left when class is over. It is past midnight when Higaonna leaves his dojo to walk back upstairs.
In this episode we take you inside Higaonna’s dojo for an intimate talk about his life and his Karate. In the evening class, we witness the toughest martial arts training we have seen in thirty years documenting Japanese Budo. In his twilight years Higaonna holds nothing back… sharing for the first time, technique and philosophy that display his profound knowledge of Karate. Yet Higaonna still practices with the intensity of a student, saying “I am still green. Waza are endless. The more you train, the more you must pay attention to this. I’m deeply grateful toward my own sensei. Even today I think, thank you sensei !!” We are proud to choose this documentary as our first episode of Warriors of Budo.

About the narrator: Dr. Alex Bennett holds doctorates from the University of Canterbury and Kyoto University. He has worked for the International Research Center for Japanese Studies and is currently Associate Professor at Kansai University's Department of International Affairs. He received his first PhD from Kyoto University where his PhD thesis’ subject was “Investigating a Definition of Bushido”. He lectures frequently on Japanese martial culture and is Vice President of the International Naginata Federation and a committee member of the All Japan Kendo Federation, as well as director of the Japanese Academy of Budo. He is the founder of Kendo World Magazine and the head coach of New Zealand Kendo. He holds Kendo Kyoshi 7th dan, Iaido 5th dan, Naginata 5th dan. His recent books and publications include: Hagakure (The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai). Naginata: the Definitive Guide. Budo Perspectives, The History and Spirit of Budo.

Additional information

Length (Runtime)

60 Minutes

Digital Format

HD 1920×1080 MP4


English Language

6 reviews for Warriors of Budo Episode One: Karatedo

  1. Roberto Sant Ana (Brazil JKA)

    Just finished watching Episode One. MASTERPIECE!!!! Excellent Programme. REAL BUDO. My Compliments to the Producers.

  2. Richard van Schelven

    Beautiful movie! Thank you so much for this insight!

  3. David Lambert. IOGKF

    Congratulations! That is one of the best Karate documentaries I’ve seen so far. Really impressive catching the roots from India and China and I also think this is the best film I’ve seen yet of training at Higaonna Dojo. Some documentaries tend to over dramatize the training and even though the sessions are very tough, you don’t get the real feeling of what it is like to be there. Your documentary did.

  4. Antonio Bustillo

    This is a nice documentary on Morio Higaonna’s dojo in Okinawa. In the first 15 minutes or so of the film It has a little history and build-up and the karateka and historian Hokama explains a few things as well (before the segment of Higaonna).

  5. Karim Lassoud

    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!

  6. Charles R. Martin

    Excellent piece or work. While not dispensing anything new in the way of history, the visit to Higoanna Sensei’s dojo and his classes are well worth the time and price.

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