Threatened by the violent aftermath of Kenya’s 2017 elections, a fledgling Aikido sensei ponders whether his martial art can heal old wounds.

The Gospel of Combat is an upcoming documentary about an East African martial artist’s journey toward self-understanding through Aikido and Karate. The film follows Benedict “Ben Sensei” Kiyaga, a freelance martial arts instructor, as he ekes a living from a handful of private classes. Along the way, Ben Sensei reflects on the application of martial art as spiritual practice, and shares how it has helped him make sense of his multicultural identity amid pervasive tribal conflict.

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Director/Producer/Editor/Cinematographer: David Hutchinson

Associate Producer: Marli Tague

Composer: John Lowell Anderson

Post Production Sound: Jared Chance Taylor


Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival – August 24th, 2019

Sedona International Film Festival – February 26th, 28th, 2019

Pan African Film Festival – February 10th, 11th, 12th, 2019

Oaxaca FilmFest – October 9th, 2018