Yamada Sensei in Jacksonville

My recent examination of local history wouldn’t be complete unless I mentioned that Yamada Sensei also spent time in Jacksonville. Yes, it’s true — and not only Sensei, but another leading Shihan as well.

When did this happen, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. It occurred in the mid-1980’s, and involved paintball, a fifty thousand dollar prize…and murder most foul.

The movie is Masterblaster, and it’s a hoot. The plot: a paintball contest has drawn together a diverse group of individuals, with the promise of a lucrative cash prize for the winner. It’s the 1980’s, so we have a Vietnam veteran, a few drunken good ol’ boys, and, of course, the conflicted police officer. Most importantly, we have Sensei, who in his movie debut does a star turn as the mysterious martial arts master. I won’t spoil the ending, except to say that if one of those stunt doubles looks familiar, I suggest you review your videos from Winter Camp.

Dee and I actually bought a copy a few years back. I’m sure we have it stashed away somewhere if you’re interested.

5 thoughts on “Yamada Sensei in Jacksonville

  1. Is this the movie that the new york times called, “a real page turner, you will be shocked and awed at the event you will be forced to relive… again and again… as you sleep… when no one can save you.”

  2. That’s funny, dichotomy.

    Masterblaster trivia: The film also premiered in Jacksonville, following a media blitz by the production company.

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