Over the years that followed Shihan Demura and his students introduced thousands of people to the martial arts through their colorful displays in the southern California area.
In 1969 Shihan Demura was awarded the prestigious “Black Belt Hall of Fame” award for “Karate Sensei of the Year”, and in 1975, he was named “Martial Artist of the Year”.
During the 1970′s and 1980′s, he authored several books on karate and kobudo for Ohara Publications, and has been featured in numerous martial arts publications. Shihan Demura is a favorite amongst karate magazines for his dynamic and insightful approach to all martial arts.
In the 1980′s Shihan Demura became involved in the “Karate Kid” series, serving as stunt double to actor Pat Morita. This was followed by several other appearances in feature films such as “Mortal Combat” and “Rising Sun”.
Today Shihan Demura serves as director and Chief Instructor for Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai (http://www.genbukai-hq.org/), an organization encompassing nearly twenty nations 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, Shihan is a living model of what all true martial artists strive to be.