In the midst of Nairobi’s turbulent 2017 election, a Kenyan Aikido sensei struggles to share the martial art that changed his life.

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 “Sensei Ben” Kiyaga, a freelance martial arts instructor, as he ekes a living from a handful of private classes. Along the way, Sensei Ben 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.

Director/Producer/Editor/Cinematographer: David Hutchinson

Associate Producer: Marli Tague

Composer: John Lowell Anderson

Post Production Sound: Jared Chance Taylor


Oaxaca FilmFest – October 9th, 2018

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

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