Black Samurai: South Side Warriors
Sun, Oct 20: 2pm-4pm
Black Samurai honors the legacy of Tornado School of Martial Arts. Tornado served as a Midwestern satellite school for African Americans across the country. It was founded by Gregory Jaco in 1981. Sensei Jaco provided martial arts training to over 2000 Chicago youth until 2004. This program will begin with a screening of South Side Warriors, followed by a discussion with Tornado students, moderated by Ayesha Jaco.
About South Side Warriors: South Side Warriors is the first documentary to examine the vibrant martial arts scene on Chicago’s South Side. Focusing on two different schools with long histories, the film chronicles how the Asian martial arts have been adopted and adapted by African Americans. More than athletics, on the South Side, martial arts becomes a source of mentorship and self care.