Journey to the 100 Man Fight: The Judd Reid Story (Australia, 57mins)
Directed by: Anton Cavka
Written by: Anton Cavka
Cast: Judd Reid, Anton Cavka
InterviewsJourney to the 100 Man Fight: The Judd Reid Story by Anton Cavka
One of the most inspirational and highly anticipated documentaries of recent years will surely be the talk of film festivals around the world in 2014.
Journey to the 100 Man Fight is a story that follows Judd Reid… a boy from Melbourne Australia who left his home for Japan in 1988 to chase his dreams. At the age of 17, Judd was accepted to study under legendary Kyokushin Karate master, Mas Oyama and was the first (of only two) non-Japanese students to ever complete Oyama’s gruelling 3-year training programme.
Mas Oyama would throw down the gauntlet to his students by insisting there are two things every great karate fighter should aspire to achieve in his lifetime:
1. To become a world champion; and
2. To complete the 100 Man Kumite.
Whilst the first achievement is reserved for the elite few, the 100 Man Kumite is rarely attempted, let alone completed. It requires a person to fight 100 black belts consecutively for 1½ minute rounds, taking almost 3½ hours to complete. It is considered to be the toughest mental and physical challenge in the world and has been compared to doing the Hawaii Iron Man with competitors punching and kicking you throughout the entire event. Only 12 people have ever completed the 100 Man Commute.
Judd has competed in countless karate tournaments throughout the world over the last 20 years and has long been acknowledged as an elite martial artist. A world championship continued to elude Judd (chalking up multiple seconds and thirds) until well into his twilight years. He became world champion (open weight division) at age 39 and amazingly followed up to attempt the 100 Man Kumite at age 40.
While Judd’s journey centres around martial arts, the universal message for all of us is to never give up on our aspirations… be they at our personal, family or work related level.
Judd has now returned home to Melbourne and the interest in his story is gaining momentum… not only due to the curiosity around his astonishing physical and mental strength, but also because of his character. Judd is incredibly humble and inspires all those around him to do and be better. With his fighting days behind him, Judd’s life is now dedicated to teaching others.
Judd’s best friend, the film’s producer and director Anton Cavka, went to the effort of making a documentary about his life journey, showing how Judd prepares to take on what is considered by many martial arts elders to be the ultimate challenge of the spirit. If you have seen and enjoyed the Ali v Foreman documentary “When We Were Kings”, you will surely get a kick from “Journey to the 100 Man Fight”.