A Fighters Journey

About the Project

The short film «HANSHI CHARLIE – A Fighters Journey» is a Project by the upcoming filmmaker Luis Balthisar Balzer. The film is the master cut of a three part web documentary, which Luis did as a bachelor project for his «Bachelor in Design» in Cast/Audiovisual Media at Zurich University of the Arts in 2018. For this project he teamed up with the upcoming film musician Benedek Sulyok, filmmaker Avi Sliman and illustrator Justine Klaiber from Team Tumult.

The Film is available with Mathias Balzer’s book Hanshi Charlie – A way of life on Edition Frida, a book company, which is a small family business and just the start of a series of different book and film projects.

For more information and to buy the book, please visit editionfrida.ch.



Over the last 40 years, Grand Master Charlie Lenz has had a decisive influence on the development of Japanese martial arts in Switzerland and Europe. For many, especially young members of this scene Lenz is a great role model.

Not only has he been four times Switzerland champion in Karate, he has also trained martial arts stars like Andi Hug or Nino Deflorin. Over 3000 students have passed through his school in Chur in the recent decades.

He is now President of the European Jiu-Jitsu Union and Vice President of the World Federation.

This year, Charlie Lenz turned 70. In march 2019 a book was published about him.