We are just one week away from the Fumio Demura seminar. A great chance to train with a Karate master, Kobudo pioneer and also one of Hollywood’s leading martial arts stuntmen. Demura Sensei taught Bruce Lee to use the Nunchaku, did stunts for Chuck Norris in Walker Texas Ranger, played Mr Miyagi’s fight scenes in Karate Kid and much more.
However what we are most interested in is his Karate and Kobudo expertise!
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Here is a timetable for the weekend.
10am – Karate
11:30am – Kobudo (Okinawan weapons – Sai, Bo, Nunchaku etc)
12:30 – Lunch
1:00pm Batto (Japanese sword AKA Iaido)
10m Kids Karate
Demura was born on September 15, 1938, in Yokohama, Japan. At the age of 9, he began training in karate and kendo under an instructor named Asano. At the age of 12 he started training under Ryusho Sakagami in Itosu-kai (Shito Ryu) Karate.
Demura received his 1st dan black belt in 1956, and won the East Japan Championships in 1957. In 1959, he began training in Kobudo under the direction of Taira Shinken.
He has also trained with Shorin Ryu (Kobayashi) grandmaster Chosin Chibana, Matsubayashi Ryu grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine, Nihon Jujutsu grandmaster Shizuya Sato (10th Dan Kokusai Budoin) and Yoshinkan Aikido grandmaster Gozo Shioda (10th Dan Kokusai Budoin).
In 1965, Demura came to the United States, representing the Japan Karate-do Itosu-kai. From his base in southern California, he became well known for his karate and kobudo skills. In 1971, he was ranked 5th dan, and he remained at that rank until at least 1982.
Through the 1970s and 1980s, Demura wrote several martial arts books, including: Shito-Ryu Karate (1971), Advanced nunchaku (1976, co-authored), Tonfa: Karate weapon of self-defense (1982), Nunchaku: Karate weapon of self-defense (1986), Bo: Karate weapon of self-defense (1987), and Sai: Karate weapon of self-defense (1987).