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Fumio Demura

In 1965, Fumio Demura became one of the early pioneers of karate in America by opening the first dojo in the United States that taught authentic shito-ryu karate and kobudo (Okinawan weapons training). Born September 15, 1938, Fumio Demura began training in karate and kendo under Asano sensei and learned itosu-kai karate from Ryusho Sakagami. After receiving his black belt in 1956 and winning the 1957 East Japan Championships, he started kobudo training with Taira Shinken (one of Gichin Funakoshi’s students).

In 1963, Fumio Demura arrived in the United States and began teaching at Dan Ivan’s karate dojo chain in Southern California. Fumio Demura earned Black Belt Hall of Fame honors as Karate Sensei of the Year (1969) and Martial Artist of the Year (1975).

Fumio Demura made an impressive mark in Hollywood in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) because he endured hot, stuffy and sweat-inducing long hours inside the rubber Hyena Man costume in hot and humid weather without complaint.

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  1. Fumio Demura Books and DVDs Highlight Karate Weapons Training!

    Fumio Demura Books and DVDs Highlight Karate Weapons Training!

    Master the nunchaku, bo, sai and kama among other karate weapons as master practitioner Fumio Demura shares his decades of knowledge through a series of karate weapons books and DVDs!
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  2. Shito-Ryu Karate Trailblazer: Fumio Demura

    Shito-Ryu Karate Trailblazer: Fumio Demura

    Ask the average karate practitioner to name the main styles of Japan, and chances are he’ll rattle off shotokan, goju-ryu and wado-ryu with no trouble. But unless he’s really up on his art, there’s a good chance that he’ll stumble over the name of the fourth major style, snap his
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