Coeur d'un soldat "I think that brutality might come from our feminine aspect, and elegance comes from our nervous side. Sometimes we are too sensitive about defilement, or elegance, or a sense of beauty, or the aesthetic side. Sometimes we get tired of it. Sometimes we need a sudden explosion to make us free from it. For instance, after the war, our brutal side was completely hidden… I don’t like that the Japanese culture is represented only by flower arrangement—a peace-loving culture. We still have a very strong warrior mind." -Yukio Mishima
I am currently working on the project called "Coeur d'un soldat" (Heart of a Soldier) Karate is something I have been doing for over 21 years, regardless of my profession. I recently had an opportunity to shoot my own Karate students for the first time, through the Dojo (Gym) that I teach at to the U.S tournament in LA. The experience of taking their candid photographs and experiment in it, rather than attending to it as a fighter, gave me a chance to re-think my Japanese culture and its depth of beauty. Also I ruminated about the purpose of practicing such violence and my responsibility as a fighter who holds black belt to the fellow kid fighter students.
These shots are my Karate students from new year to the recent tournament, held on Jan 31st 2015.