Who is Jaques Payet?

JP is a biopic examining the remarkable life of Jacques Payet. It follows his journey from his departure from Reunion Island, to his arrival in Japan, his search for Shioda Gozo, and how he convinced one of the greatest men in Aikido’s history to take him on as an apprentice. Jacques came to Japan with a one-way ticket. He didn’t speak the language, didn’t know anyone, and knew nothing about the culture. All he brought with him was his desire to find the man he’d only ever seen on a few seconds of 8mm film and to learn martial arts.

Jacques overcame obstacles that seemed impossible. He didn’t just train under Shioda Gozo, but went on to become a seventh-degree black belt: a master. He now runs a dojo in Kyoto and has pioneered a program called the Kenshusei, which brings people from around the globe to study Aikido in Japan. Jacques doesn’t just train people in Aikido, he shows them how to discover their own strength.

I believe that to become very happy you have to become very strong. Not strong in the sense that you can beat other people, but that you know yourself better, you know what your weak points are so you have control.
— Jacques Payet

Credits and Acknowledgments

Directed by Kenji Lee

Written by Nick del Pozo & Kenji Lee

JP - AIKIDO IS LIFE
(All rights reserved 2015)

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Special Thanks

Yasushi Watabe

The Yokogi Family

The Yamamoto Family

Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Contributors

Grith Jay

Hiroki Yoshikawa

Hiroshi Chifu

Haruna Mariko

Mansouri Ahmed

Joe Pollard

Pezant Jacques

Dave Tropeano

Derek Binder

Giuseppe Scarlato

Yukihide Kawamoto

A D Pardoe

Geo Wen

Katherine Chau

David L Goldstein

Shingo Hamada

Amaud Duforat

Payet Manuel

Noriko Nemoto

Rikyo Hanakura

Don Hollenback

Shigeko Fujii

John S Pergakes

DJ Whiteland

Suzie N Wyss

Cody Takata

Neville Coupland

Ajen Birmingham

Roman Solonyy

Yannick Gagnon

Hiroshi Kameyama

Mark L Adaoag

Charley Lee

David Gaboya

Rob Raymond

Mark Daley

Lim Bon

Yamamoto

Saito

Aoi

Nishida

Amy Kang

Pascal Payet

Gino Venti

Ainslie Kerr

Sasaki Tomoko

Maana Sasaki

Nafisa Skeie

Ryuji Kitamura

Alex Granado

Izmael D Arkin

Baby Doggie

Dale Kereczman

Yasushi Watabe

William Wilusz

Yanick Rail

Tony Chow

Katherine Chau

Michelle N Gaboya

Scott Bonneville

Kitty Hino

Kirby Watson

Bill Ryder

Scott P Richards

Shinji Saida

Chris Broad

Kevin Pickard

Nancy J Teeple

Matt Clements

Myron Eshowsky

Rebecca J Reynolds

Martin D Bezaire

Beschieri

Artem Kriuchkov

Shoryukan Dojo

Hideo Yamada

Silvina Laura Fortuna

Sato

Oketani

Fukuoka

Akiko

Rika

Nicholas Stephen Chau

Paula Moreau-Smith

Natsuko Nakai & Friends

China Town Restaurant

Commongreatergood

Didier Riviere

Pascal Payet

David Mannevy

Emmanuel Caro

Marie-Jose Pezant

Jacques Pezant

Marie-Claire Vidot

Hugues Vidot

Edith Vidot

Mylene Payet

Yumiko Kurose-Payet

Naïmah

Chris Crampton

Andy Carter

Atsushi Yasuda

Javier Montaño

Neil Murphy

Atticus Sims

Stephanie Ando

Kana Saegusa

Galileo Ferrari

John Doltry

Hitoshi Sasaki

Brian Macpherson

Faye Fujii

Taisei Lee

Caleb Mcmahan

Mari Del Pozo

Edward Sterrett

Joshua & Samantha Duhaylonsod

Yasuda

Masaki Yoshii

Toshisada Shiga

Aunty Sharon

Uncle Archie