Finally Ardent Heart is ready to be published! This has been a labour-of-love long in the making, a true team effort that could not have happened without the following talents:
Ming Ng, who handled the cinematography and editing. Check out more of his work here.
Bethany Levy, who handled design and visual effects. To see more of her work, have a look at her website.
Dudu Capoeira, a talented Capoeira musician and teacher who supplied the music. You can buy his music via his website, or on iTunes. Check out his website!
Inspiration came from this awesome ballet clip, which got me thinking Continue reading
Who needs a soundtrack when your Gi comes with built-in sound effects? Rika Usami may have retired from competing in Karate, but not before winning a truckload of trophies – play the video below and you’ll see why.
An excellent example of strength, accuracy and technique coming together in a kata performance.
If you want to know more, check out an interview with her here.
Another one in a series of posts of artful martial arts expressions, beyond just katas or forms. If you know of more artistic works like this, feel free to let me know in the comment section.
Capoeira often gets referred to as a ‘dance’, something I disagree with but it’s understandable. Obviously it lends itself well towards a dance-oriented interpretation, as you can see in the video below.
The man in question is Caleb Buckley, instructor from Capoeira Volta Ao Mundo in Los Angeles, California. Check out his page here if you want to know more.
First in a series of posts that shows how well martial arts lends itself for artful expressions, beyond just katas or forms. If you know of more artistic works like this, feel free to let me know in the comment section.
This was actually posted to my Facebook years ago, but in the blur of events at the time I completely missed it. Regardless, I love how the lone swordsman fights of the shadows. It’s like a live version of the stickmen fight clips that were so common at one stage, but with much higher class.