Warrior Legend Series
Demura trained diligently every day and became extremely proficient in Karate. This was to become Fumio Demura’s signature style and one that would bring him worldwide notoriety.
At 8 years of age...
Fumio Demura, born in Yokohama, Japan on September 15, 1938 built a legacy as Karate’s top Okinawan weapons expert. At eight years of age he began his martial arts education by studying the art of Kendo.
Later, he continued his training under Sakagami Ryusho at the Itosu-Kai dojo where young Demura trained diligently every day and became extremely proficient in Karate. At the same time, he was introduced to Taira Shinken Sensei who was an Okinawan Kobudo teacher in various Ryukyu weapons. This was to become Fumio Demura’s signature style and one that would bring him worldwide notoriety.
Established in the States
Shihan Demura won a number of titles in Japan and among them occurred in 1961 when he won the National Kumite title of Japan. Shortly thereafter he moved to the United States in 1965. Once established in America, Shihan Demura, quickly become recognized as an authority in Shito-Ryu Karate and Okinawan Kobudo. This legend continued piling up the accolades as he was awarded the “Karate Sensei of the Year” in 1975, as well as receiving the title of “Martial Artist of the Year”.
Beginning in 1971, Shihan Demura decided to author a series of books on Karate and Kobudo style weapons such as the Bo, nunchaku, and the sai. When the Karate Kid series became popular in the early 1980’s, he was selected to be a stunt double for Pat Morita. That launched a part time career in movies, as Shihan Demura appeared in a number of Hollywood films, some of which received critical acclaim. Today he resides in Santa Ana, California and is the subject of a recent documentary called, “The Real Miyagi.”
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