Fumio Demura

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Fumio Demura
Fumio Demura.jpg
F. Demura, November 2006
Born(1938-09-15) September 15, 1938 (age 75)
Yokohama, Japan
ResidenceSanta Ana, California, USA
NationalityJapanese
StyleShitō-ryū Karate
Teacher(s)Ryusho Sakagami, Taira Shinken
Rank9th dan karate
Websitehttp://www.genbu-kai-hq.com/
 
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Fumio Demura
Fumio Demura.jpg
F. Demura, November 2006
Born(1938-09-15) September 15, 1938 (age 75)
Yokohama, Japan
ResidenceSanta Ana, California, USA
NationalityJapanese
StyleShitō-ryū Karate
Teacher(s)Ryusho Sakagami, Taira Shinken
Rank9th dan karate
Websitehttp://www.genbu-kai-hq.com/

Fumio Demura (出村 文男 Demura Fumio?, born September 15, 1938) is a Japanese master of karate.[1] He is a well known master of karate and kobudo (weaponry),[2] and his martial arts skills featured in the Karate Kid series of 4 films.[3] Demura holds the rank of 9th dan in Shitō-ryū karate.[1]

Early life[edit]

Demura was born on September 15, 1938, in Yokohama, Japan.[1] At the age of 9, he began training in karate and kendo under an instructor named Asano.[1] At the age of 12 he started training under Ryusho Sakagami in Itosu-kai karate.[1] Demura received his 1st dan black belt in 1956,[1] and won the East Japan Championships in 1957.[1] In 1959, he began training in kobudo, a style of Okinawan weapons training, under the direction of Taira Shinken.[1][2] In 1963, Demura met martial arts scholar Donn Draeger, who introduced him to Dan Ivan, who would eventually bring him to the United States of America as a karate instructor.[3]

United States of America[edit]

In 1965, Demura came to the United States, representing the Japan Karate-do Itosu-kai.[1] From his base in southern California, he became well known for his karate and kobudo skills.[3] In 1971, he was ranked 5th dan,[4] and he remained at that rank until at least 1982.[5] Through the 1970s and 1980s, Demura wrote several martial arts books, including: Shito-Ryu Karate (1971),[6] Advanced nunchaku (1976, co-authored),[7] Tonfa: Karate weapon of self-defense (1982),[8] Nunchaku: Karate weapon of self-defense (1986),[9] Bo: Karate weapon of self-defense (1987),[10] and Sai: Karate weapon of self-defense (1987).[11]

In the 1980s, Demura became involved in the Karate Kid series of films.[3] He was the stunt double for Pat Morita, who played Mr. Miyagi.[3] Demura has appeared in several films and documentaries, including: The Warrior within (1976),[12] The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977), The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid, Part III (1989),[13] Shootfighter: Fight to the death (1992),[14] Rising Sun (1993),[15] The Next Karate Kid (1994),[16] Masters of the martial arts (1998, presented by Wesley Snipes),[17] Mystic origins of the martial arts (1998),[18] Modern warriors (2002),[19] XMA: Xtreme Martial Arts (2003),[20] and Ninja (2009).[21]

In 1986, Demura was promoted to 7th dan in Shito-ryū karate.[1] In 2001, he was expelled from the Itosu-kai,[22] and became the Director of Shito-ryū Karate-do Genbu-kai.[1] In 2005, he was promoted to 9th dan.[1] He currently resides in Santa Ana, California.[23]

In October 2010, Demura performed for the Koyamada Foundation's United States Martial Arts Festival at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, California.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Japan Karate-Do Genbu-Kai International: Sensei Demura at a glance ... (c. 2007). Retrieved on March 3, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Clayton, B. D., Horowitz, R., & Pollard, E. (2004): Shotokan's secret: The hidden truth behind Karate's fighting origins (p. 108). Black Belt Books. (ISBN 978-0-8975-0144-6)
  3. ^ a b c d e USA Dojo: Shihan Fumio Demura (c. 2009). Retrieved on March 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Demura, F. (1971): Shito-Ryu Karate (p. 4). Burbank, CA: Ohara. (ISBN 978-0-8975-0005-0)
  5. ^ Demura, F. (1982): Tonfa: Karate weapon of self-defense (p. 5). Burbank, CA: Ohara. (ISBN 978-0-8975-0080-7)
  6. ^ Demura, F. (1971): Shito-Ryu Karate. Burbank, CA: Ohara. (ISBN 978-0-8975-0005-0)
  7. ^ Demura, F., & Ivan, D. (1976): Advanced nunchaku. Burbank, CA: Ohara. (ISBN 978-0-8975-0021-0)
  8. ^ Demura, F. (1982): Tonfa: Karate weapon of self-defense. Burbank, CA: Ohara. (ISBN 978-0-8975-0080-7)
  9. ^ Demura, F. (1986): Nunchaku: Karate weapon of self-defense. Burbank, CA: Ohara. (ISBN 978-0-8975-0006-7)
  10. ^ Demura, F. (1987): Bo: Karate weapon of self-defense. Burbank, CA: Ohara. (ISBN 978-0-8975-0019-7)
  11. ^ Demura, F. (1987): Sai: Karate weapon of self-defense. Burbank, CA: Ohara. (ISBN 978-0-8975-0010-4)
  12. ^ IMDb: The Warrior within (1976) – Full cast and crew Retrieved on March 4, 2010.
  13. ^ IMDb: The Karate Kid, Part III (1989) – Full cast and crew Retrieved on March 3, 2010.
  14. ^ IMDb: Shootfighter – Fight to the death (1992) – Full cast and crew Retrieved on March 4, 2010.
  15. ^ IMDb: Rising Sun (1993) – Full cast and crew Retrieved on March 4, 2010.
  16. ^ IMDb: The next Karate Kid (1994) – Full cast and crew Retrieved on March 4, 2010.
  17. ^ IMDb: Masters of the martial arts (1998) Retrieved on March 4, 2010.
  18. ^ IMDb: Mystic origins of the martial arts (1998) Retrieved on March 4, 2010.
  19. ^ IMDb: Modern warriors (2002) Retrieved on March 4, 2010.
  20. ^ IMDb: XMA – Xtreme Martial Arts (2003) Retrieved on March 4, 2010.
  21. ^ IMDb: Ninja (2009) – Full cast and crew Retrieved on March 4, 2010.
  22. ^ Karate World: Fumio Demura expelled from Itosu-kai (November 1, 2001). Retrieved on March 3, 2010.
  23. ^ Demura, F. (2006): Fumio Demura resume (June 6, 2006). Retrieved on March 3, 2010.
  24. ^ "@The Filme Files SHIN KOYAMADA’S INAUGURAL UNITED STATES MARTIAL ARTS FESTIVAL by Dr. Craig Reid". 

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