Fumio Demura seminar – updated report

Report and pictures of Bushinkai’s latest seminars with one of the most renowned Karate, Kobudo and sword masters in the world, Fumio Demura 9th Dan.

Honoured to meet the master

Honoured to meet the master

Bushinkai chief Instructor Simon and Genbukai UK instructor Julian training in Batto with Demura Sensei

Bushinkai chief Instructor Simon and Genbukai UK instructor Julian training in Batto with Demura Sensei

On October 18-19 Bushinkai members attended a special seminar with master Fumio Demura 9th Dan. 

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The event was organised and hosted by Sensei Julian Mallalieu of Tameside Karate.

Bo training

Bo training

We trained in Karate, covering the differences between Shuri Te and Naha Te, and practiced Kata like Bassai, Saifa and Matsumura Rohai, in Kobudo (Bo, Kama and Nunchaku) and in Batto (Iaido).

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The event was brilliantly organised and attended by about 150 students from 8 countries or so. More pics of the event will follow.

Bo and Nunchaku and Kama participants

Bo and Nunchaku and Kama participants

Fumio Demura (出村 文男) is a Japanese master of Karate and Kobudo and was Pat Morita’s (Mr Miyagi) martial arts stunt double in the first four Karate Kid movies and taught Bruce Lee to use the Nunchaku. He holds the rank of 9th dan in Shitō-ryū Karate.

Batto participants

Batto participants

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.

Fumio Demura 9th Dan, Simon Keegan 5th Dan

Fumio Demura 9th Dan, Simon Keegan 5th Dan

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.

Karate participants on the Saturday

Karate participants on the Saturday

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).

Training in Batto

Training in Batto

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.

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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).

Simons copy of Demura Senseis Bo book autographed after training with Demura Sensei in his method Bo Jutsu. Simons name is written in Katakana

Simon’s copy of Demura Senseis Bo book autographed after training with Demura Sensei in his method Bo Jutsu. Simon’s name is written in Katakana

In the 1980s, Demura became involved in the Karate Kid series of films. He was the stunt double for Pat Morita, who played Mr. Miyagi.

Simon studying Bo

Simon studying Bo

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Demura has appeared in several films and documentaries, including: The Warrior within (1976), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977), The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid, Part III (1989), Shootfighter: Fight to the death (1992), Rising Sun (1993), The Next Karate Kid (1994), Masters of the martial arts (1998, presented by Wesley Snipes), Mystic origins of the martial arts (1998), Modern warriors (2002), XMA: Xtreme Martial Arts (2003) and Ninja (2009).

Demura Sensei signs a students Gi

Demura Sensei signs a students Gi

What is Batto-Do?

The Batto-Do techniques practiced by members of the International Batto-Do Rengo Kai (Alliance) and the Society for the preservation ofToyama-Ryu Batto-Do have a long history. It includes techniques and variations of techniques used by the Samurai as well as modem era Japanese soldiers.

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Batto Jutsu participants – Simon is in the blue Gi and hakama

The name Toyama Ryu comes from the military school at which these techniques were codified and studied by the Toyama Military Academy. Officially known as the Rikuguin Heigakko-Ryu Toyama Gakko Shucho-Jo, it was formed as a branch school for Army officers in 1873.

IAIGROUP Kama

It was modeled after European military academies such as the French and Prussian military academies. Early students trained in a variety of studies related to military tactics and such skills as Kendo, Judo, horsemanship, marksmanship and physical training.

Simon and Dan pair up for Karate basics

Simon and Dan pair up for Karate basics

It is also interesting to note the school was the home for the Army’s school of music, and that students were also trained as military musicians. In 1875 the school became the Japanese Army’s Military Preparatory School and came under control of the Army Ministry.

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Prior to World War II the Toyama Academy was renowned as a school which produced outstanding officers who were exceptionally physically fit. The Academy had many quest instructors, some of whom had been samurai prior to the Meiji Restoration. Two famous kendo instructors at the school were Takano Sasaburo and Nakayama Hakudo.

BUNKAI DRILLS

In addition to his kendo expertise, Nakayama Sensei was a recognized expert in Omori Ryu Iaido, and the head of the Shimomura-ha branch of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido. Nakayama Sensei greatly influenced the swordsmanship training at the Academy. Nakayama Sensei would later go on to found one of the most widely practiced styles of laido today, the Muso Shinden Ryu.

More Batto pictures from the day:

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This is the Bo kata that Demura Sensei taught us (not sure of this particular performance, but the sequence is there)

Bushinkai classes include training in Karate, Jujutsu, Kobudo and other arts such as Iaido. Classes are:

8:00-9:30pm
Thursdays

Van Dang Martial Arts (Hakutora Dojo)
Newton Street Manchester
Contact: kaicho@runbox.com

 

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