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The Art of the Sword and the Silver Screen

There can hardly be a more iconic action scene in an action film, but especially in a Samurai action film, than Tatsuya Nakadai in Sword of Doom (1966) as he walks purposefully along a misty path, eyes forward, as if in a trance, a death-stare, and methodically slices and cuts all the opponents in his way (scene below).

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Dr. Craig's Martial Arts Movie Lounge

When Jimmy Wong Yu starred in Beach of the War Gods (1973; BWG) as the real-life Chinese swordsman hero, Yu Da-you (1503-1579), who's known for slaying 2000 Japanese pirates during the Wokou wars in 1556, he did a meticulously choreographed 25 minute and 43 second fight sequence that became the longest fight scene in martial arts (MA) film history. Fifty years later, the TikTok turned TakTake, mind-boggling mayhem of Crazy Samurai: 400 vs. 1 (CS) eclipsed BWG with a 77-minute oner fight. How did the lead Tak Sakaguchi and 26 stuntmen remember the choreography?

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The timeless wisdom of Japan's "Sword Saint"

He was an innovator, a maverick. The structured forms of the traditional martial arts bored him. Discarding their outmoded model, he became the creator of a new style based not on established techniques but on the realities of combat he knew so well. With it, he won more than 60 battles and became a legend before reaching middle age.

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Although Rusty Kanokogi has an incredible list of accomplishments, not the least of which being the icon of Women's Judo, one of the most important parts of her legacy are the many students she taught over the years. More than anything, Rusty was a teacher and a coach. Whether in her family's dojo or after school classes all over New York City, Rusty taught her students about Judo and life.

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