Martial Arts Build Unbreakable Bonds
We revisit the Ukrainian families who came to Nagano Prefecture in April 2022 to flee the war in their country. The kids are students of Zendokai Karate, the founder of which invited them to Japan. The oldest of the boys is 14-year-old Artem who came with his mother. Six months later, the young martial artists are getting used to life in Japan, and their mothers have found work. However, worried for their loved ones back home and the children's education, the families must make an important decision.
Artem Tsymbaliuk is one of the budding martial artists who fled Ukraine
Ozawa Takashi, the grandmaster of Zendokai Karate, became the Ukrainian boys' guarantor to welcome them in Japan
Selling pirozhki, a tasty Ukrainian household favorite, is Olena, Artem's mother
Olena's mother, Nadezhda, stayed in Ukraine