SHO KOSUGI: HIS PERSONAL THOUGHTS by Michael DePasquale Jr.
NDW: How did you first become involved in the Martial Arts?
SK: I was very weak and skinny when I was a little boy, and my two older sisters encouraged me to start taking Karate. I started my training under the instruction of Master Konishi and "Uncle" Yamamoto, who was a close family friend.
NDW: How did the Martial Arts help fulfill some of your dreams?
SK: I gained self confidence, self control and learned discipline, and because of my Martial Arts ability, I got a start in my acting career.
NDW: How has the discipline you acquired through the Martial Arts helped in other walks of your life?
SK: I feel that the discipline I learned has given me a much better understanding of people and because of the self control I have learned, I am a kinder person. I have more patience, and if I start something I stick to it until I'm finished. I don't give up.
NDW: Do you still train regularly?
SK: Yes, I practice three to four hours every day unless I'm filming a movie. Then I only practice one hour, plus my movements in the movie.
NDW: How do you foresee your involvement in the Martial Arts in the future?
SK: I feel I can teach kids the Martial Arts in the proper way. A lot of people have the misconception that Martial Arts is all fighting. I would like to teach people about the philosophy of Martial Arts, so they would understand that it isn't all fighting.
NDW: How did you first become interested in Ninjitsu?
SK: I became interested in Ninjitsu when I was about 5½ years old, mainly because of the mystery and the strange looking weapons.
NDW: How does Ninjitsu training in the United States compare to training in Japan?
SK: In Japan, Ninjitsu still has a lot of secrecy, and not too many people know Ninjitsu because the ones who know it aren't willing to teach it. In the United States, Ninjitsu is more of a sport, and everyone wants to teach it. It doesn't hold any mystery and intrigue in the U.S.
NDW: How did you become involved in making movies?
SK: I have always enjoyed watching movies and I was amazed when I would see how bad the movements in fighting sequences were, so I decided to try to get into movies myself. I just started knocking on doors, hoping for a break.
NDW: How did you get your big break in "Enter the Ninja"?
SK: In 1981 I got a chance to do a small part as a stuntman in "Enter the Ninja". The producer and director liked my moves so much that they rewrote the script and made me the star instead.
NDW: In your movies, you are very adept with a sword. How did you learn weaponry and what advice could you give to new students studying weapon techniques?
SK: To be good with weapons you must know the art well, which takes a lot of practice. I studied Iaido (The Way of The Sword), Kendo and Ninjitsu, which all involve weapons. In order to be proficient at weaponry, you must consider the weapon as a part of your body. You can't think of the weapon as a weapon itself. You shouldn't even be able to feel the weapon. If you can't consider the weapon as part of your body, it will end up hurting you instead of helping you.
NDW: You are currently involved with a new movie, can you tell us anything about it?
SK: My movie, "Rage of Honor", will be released any time from late November of 1986 to January of 1987. I play an undercover narcotics agent. I'm also getting ready to leave for Montreal, Canada and Can-Cun, Mexico to film my next movie. It is entitled "Ninja-500", but that is the working title only. It will probably be changed. [Note: This film was never made.] I also did a television commercial for Honda in October of 1986. That was my first commercial since I have lived in the United States.
NDW: Your sons, Kane and Shane, are also Martial Artists, when did they become involved?
SK: I started teaching Kane Martial Arts when he was 1½ years old, and Shane when he was 3½ years old. I still work with them both everyday.
NDW: How do Kane and Shane like acting in the movies?
SK: They both enjoy acting in movies, but it is a lot of hard work, and they do get tired. If they didn't enjoy it, they wouldn't be able to do it, because there is a lot of repetition and it takes a lot of patience to be able to deal with it.
NDW: You have joined me and NINJA THE DEADLY WARRIOR magazine in forming NAD (Ninjas Against Drugs). How do you think the organization (NAD) can help the youth of today?
SK: I am very happy to be involved in NAD because I want to be able to help people to learn that drugs are physically and mentally bad for people and they kill. Martial Arts helps people, and is good for them both physically and mentally. I hope the youths of today will listen and learn this.
NDW: Would you like to end the interview with a final message to our young readers about the dangers of drugs?
SK: I'm trying to let kids know the value of their life through Martial Arts. It is very easy to get involved in drugs, but very hard to train yourself. But the harder you train, the better your life will be in the future. Everybody in this world has the right to live and we only get one chance at life, so you should use it to your best advantages and enjoy your life to the fullest. Martial Arts teaches the necessary discipline so you can say "no" to drugs. Martial Arts builds strong self confidence and discipline so you don't need drugs to get false self confidence. People who take drugs are weak. People who say "no" are the strong ones.