Today’s photo shoot took place at the Zenbu Grappling Dojo and was hosted by Studio 1A by Pania Newport and Christopher Getts (Thanks guys for this amazing opportunity!). The goal was to practice shooting indoor sports and capture the action using various techniques like hi-Speed photography with the on-camera flash to freeze the action, with panning and motion blurring as well.
I was so excited and grateful to do this shoot because of my previous experience practicing judo and keen interest in other martial arts. And also for the chance to meet and photograph the judo champion Mark Brewer and up-comer Oren Janiv with the Zenbu team of black belts training in their element. It is always nice to see the camaraderie and friendly competition between the judoka as man sharpens man.
Mark Brewer, a tall judo athlete with an intimidating physique currently ranking 25th in the world for the 81 kilogram weight division and is also a New Zealand, Australian & Oceania Champion. He recently won the Gold at the Australian International Judo competition and will be representing New Zealand at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow 2014 too “so best of luck to you Mark, I will be cheering for you!”.
Images 1-3 – Mark Brewer and Cousseau
Images 4-7 – Oren Janiv
Images 8-11 – Mark Brewer