XMA in Tokyo

4 years ago by in Travel

I have a huge love for Martial Arts. It started with Jackie Chan and Police Story and around 1991 I saw something called XMA. I was watching this guy on TV and he was doing things that just plain amazed me.

His name is Mike Chat

When I first came to Japan I had an image of Japan as a country of Karate and Kimono’s. No joke! I was really surprised how little martial arts plays in modern Japanese culture and how few dojos there are now in Japan.

I was interested in finding someone who did XMA in particular, and I started contacting people on youtube. I befriended a guy by the name of Kanbe Yutaka and he introduced me to his crew.

Last Sunday I was joined by the most excellent photographer Derek Arnwine who shot and edited this video.

I wish I had a Canon 7D too >_<

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This is Kambe in Ninja form, where you will see Danny Choo dancing on the streets of Tokyo, Kambe will probably be hidden in the shadows.

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Every once in a while he will reveal his true face and play with a pink rope. Although he is a trained assassin, his choice in weapon color needs a little work.

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Here he is teaching the art of being alluring to one of his students.

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When his ninja girlfriend saw him being a little too feminine, she decided to take him out.

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Meet Sugi, he is a stuntman with the Japan Action Club the club formed by Sonny Chiba from Kill Bill and grew up talents like Hiroyuki Sanada from Last Samurai and Lost.

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This is Aya, she is Gymnast and and stunt woman in training.

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Sugi san has a very good sense action choreography, and has a thing for experimenting with different art forms.

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Meet Natsu, a rhythmic gymnast and incredibly bendy lady.

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Random dog in Odaiba. no relation to the stunt team. Just thought you might like his cool outfit.

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This Kuni san – he is also a rhythmic gymnast, he has incredible balance.

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This reminds me of a picture of Ryu from Street Fighter 2

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I think this is his trademark pose. I’m still working on mine, maybe the I should use the prairie dog pose.

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This is how the guys choose to relax on a Sunday.

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Once, one of these guys climbs the tree.

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Everyone else wants to climb the tree

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See what I mean?

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Sugi san insisted he had to kick the air from the top of a tree for no particular reason. I think it’s a ninja thing.

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Sugi san wanted to convince one of the girls to do the splits. No one knew why until he decided to jump over her.

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Again, this becomes a bit infectious amongst the Ninja crowd and then everyone wanted a piece of the action.

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This is the new performance team put together by Kambe. Will keep you posted when they announce anything. If you are interested in learning XMA and this form of fighting you can try Studio Bos

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If you liked my pictures, you have to check out Dereks collection for the day. ^^