In trying to create a kyu belt manual for Ryusei Karate-Do,
we were faced with a difficult challenge in how to
illustrate our kihon, kata and kaisetsu. We didn't
have the money to hire an illustrator, and no one in
our organization had the requisite skills.
So we were lucky when Kambiz Miranbigi and Rick Going
joined the organization. The instructors of Ryusei
Karate-Do Ottawa offered to undertake the job.
As the model for the illustrations, Rick brought to
the table many years of experience as a national-level
For his part, Kam is not only an experienced karateka
but he is the owner of FX
Masters, specializing in video and animation production
and training. Rather than illustrating the manual traditionally,
Kam elected to use his technical wizardry. He photographed
Rick doing all the moves and then, working principally
in Adobe Photoshop, he translated the photos into illustrations.
The transformation process was fascinating. So we
thought we would give the technical and art nerds among
you a glimpse into the magic behind the motion in the
pages that follow.