Shihan Fumio Demura, a 9th degree black belt, introduced Shito-Ryu Karate to the USA in 1965. He also introduced Okinawa Kobudo: Sai, Nunchuku, Bo, Tonfa and Kama.
He started teaching in California and was introduced to the public by Black Belt Magazine making him well known in the martial arts arena.
He started Karate demonstrations at the Japanese Village and Deer Park in Buena Park, California in 1968. The show was such a success it became one of the top attractions in the park, making it the first professional Karate demonstration in the world. After seven years of demonstrations the show moved to the Las Vegas Hilton. There he presented a daily show for two consecutive years.
In 1974 he entered into the Hong Kong film industry and in 1975 he entered into the Hollywood film industry. In 1977 he appeared in his first movie, The Island of Dr. Moreau. Many films followed such as Karate Kid I, II, III, IV where he was the stunt double for Pat Morita's character 'Miyagi'.
He continued to be the stunt double for Pat Morita in the television series O'Hara and others for approximately 14 years. His movie credits also include Rising Sun, Mortal Kombat, Walker Texas Ranger and many others. In addition to his acting career he travels throughout the world to present martial arts seminars, conduct demonstrations and give radio interviews.
Rather than emphasizing competition. Sensei Demura emphasizes personal growth and mental discipline in his training to help people become better human beings. Through his open mindedness he has been an example to others including: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Steven Segal, Sho Kosugi, Mike Stone, Richard Norton.... and many other top world martial artists today.
Today Shihan Demura serves as Director and Chief Instructor for Shito-Ryu Genbu-Kai International, an organization encompassing thirty-two countries and thousands of members. He still teaches at his Santa Ana, California Dojo and most weekends are spent giving seminars or assisting at tournaments literally throughout the world. Each February, he hosts his annual Goodwill Championships in Costa Mesa, considered by many to be the foremost traditional tournament in southern California.
Shihan Demura is an authentic Karate Sensei. Combining the traditions of the past with modern approaches to training, he is regarded by his students with love, trust and admiration. In his personal life as well as within the walls of the Dojo, he is a living model of what all true martial artists strive to be!