Sensei Documentary

Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate is a documentary series about the amazing martial arts teachers living on Okinawa, the birthplace of karate.

The documentary grew out of the Karate Masters Portrait Project which began in 2012. The photo series allowed us amazing access to the sensei, but it was only James and I who got to hear their stories. The documentary is a way for us to share that unique knowledge with the international karate community.

Series Sponsors

Cezar Borkowski – Northern Karate Schools

Marguerite “Peggy” Hess – Jensen Beach Uechi Ryu Karate Do Dojo

Reece Cummings – Cummings Karate Dojo

Series Supporters

Tim Herlihy

Robin Ross

Joshua Simmers – Okinawa Karate Podcast

Jeff Perkins – Okinawa Budo Kai

Paul Punshon  

John J. Strangeway

Gerry Campbell


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who will you interview?

  1. Toshimitsu Arakaki – Matsubayashi Ryu
  2. Yoshitsune Senaga – Uechi Ryu
  3. Koichi Nakasone – Ryukyu Kingdom Sui-di Bujutsu
  4. to 12. These will depend on which sensei have the time and patience to let us interview them. I’m happy to take suggestions from the karate community, but ultimately the sensei have to be willing to take part.

How can I help?

Share the videos, subscribe to the channel, and please consider becoming a sponsor or supporter.

The goal is to produce a high quality 4K production on a minimal budget. Volunteers are giving their time, we don’t need to fly anyone into Okinawa, and most of the gear I’ve already purchased. However, to bring the production quality of the series to the next level with better audio, multiple angles of video, and to manage the data, I need to purchase equipment and data storage (each video takes up about 1TB of raw data!). 

I’d also like to cover basic expenses like gasoline and highway fees for myself and other volunteers. 

I think it is important to be able to give the karate masters a gift at the end of each interview for their time. For the Karate Masters Portrait Project we returned to each dojo with two or three large prints from their photo shoot, but for the video series I’d like to give an honorarium 謝礼金 (gift envelope with ¥10,000) as a way to give thanks and express that we value their time. 

To help cover all these costs I believe the international karate community could help. I’m hoping that individuals, dojos, or organizations would be excited to share some of expenses with me. I acknowledge the generosity of all supporters and sponsors in the credits of the videos.

US$1000 Main Sponsor 

Main sponsors will have their name / dojo / organization and their logo at the end of all remaining videos in the series in the credits. 

US$500 Sponsor

Sponsors will have their name / dojo / organization at the end of all remaining videos in the series in the credits. 

US$50 Individual Supporter

Supporters will have their name at the end of all remaining videos in the series in the credits. 

How do I become a supporter, sponsor or main sponsor?

First, thank you for wanting to do this. You are making this documentary series possible. Please click on the link below and make your donation with PayPal. 

https://paypal.me/TRAVEL67

In the “add a note” section please give the name as you’d like it to appear in the credits and an email address that we can contact you to give you updates on the project along with any other comments. For main sponsors I’ll also be in contact with you to get logo data for the credits. 

Questions or other ideas on how you can help, you can reach me via email at Chris@travel67.com or through Facebook