My first filming location was the San Francisco Judo Institute (SFJI). An unassuming dojo on a block corner, two tall garage doors open up to the windy streets and juxtapose its more traditionally decorated interior. 

I used the upper balcony to take some wide angle shots, and while filming on the mats I quickly learned how to get close enough to those practicing without getting hit by a flying body.

Interviews were conducted with Sensei Leonard Auerbach, Alix Desmole, and Toshiro Yamamoto; we talked about how they got started with judo and the impact judo has had on their lives.

Thank you SFJI!