WARRIORS DOJO

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ON BEING A WARRIOR


Master Katrina and I met in the summer of 2017 and had a long, (for me) life-changing talk. It started out with a simple question: who does martial arts belong to, culturally? Whose inheritance was it? We ended up talking about historic oppression, living in danger and the need for our communities to know how to fend for ourselves in deadly situations. How fighting had to become instinctual, not just matwork and forms.

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Master Katrina and I also talked about the realities of non-inclusion and self-starting in our chosen fields. She had so much insight on all I've faced as a filmmaker and producer, without me having to say anything—how had she known?

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 Warriors Dojo, located at 10767 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago

Warriors Dojo, located at 10767 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago

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Master Katrina said she always knew she had to go into business for herself. To have her freedom. She told me every red cent she's seen has gone back into the dojo.  

She also told me that, only after you've earned a black belt, are you truly ready to train. That blew my mind.

Thank you Master Katrina, Master Omar and Chris for letting me stay and create these images.  Wishing you, Warriors Dojo and all your students so much love, prosperity and empowerment. Osu!