This is our classic signature documentary. Over two years in the making, this is an epic account of today's greatest martial arts teachers and the mind connection that exists between them regardless of their very diverse styles. Here is what the editor of Black Belt Magazine had to say: "I must say I was impressed. Professionally filmed in Japan and China, it profiles practitioners of Aikido, Karate, Kendo, Kyudo, Shaolin Kingfu, Tai Chi and Wushu as they plied their trade in the dojos and tournaments. On a personal note, this documentary rekindled my fire for the Asian ways of combat." We take you inside the Aikido Headquarters in Japan and to the JKA and JKS Shotokan Karate Honbu Dojos. Witness the power of Bushido as you sit ringside at the Japan Kendo Championships and Kyudo (archery) championships. Through interviews and intimate filming of their daily training, you will experience the philosophical and physical elements that unite all great masters of the martial arts. We show you why the mind-body connection plays such an important role in martial arts. "We describe it as being one with your space or universe" says Moriteru Uesheba, Aikido master... "It is called 'mushin' where movement is spontaneous within a state of nothingness." This clear state of mind can only be achieved say all the great martial arts masters, through constant daily practice in order to reach the mental and physical conditioning needed. In this sense, The Empty Mind is not just for martial artists, but for anyone who wishes to improve themselves both spiritually and physically in order to find happiness in their every day life. Soundtrack composed and performed by Richard Brookens of Yellowbell.
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