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Fumio Demura, a Black Belt Hall of Famer, has been reported to have passed away at the age of 84.

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Demura’s most significant impact on karate was his portrayal of various martial arts scenes for Pat Morita’s character, “Mr. Miyagi,” in the “Karate Kid” films. He is often recognized as a source of inspiration for the iconic movie sensei.According to social media reports, Fumio Demura, a prominent figure in the history of American karate, has died at the age of 84. Demura had been involved in martial arts for 75 years and celebrated this milestone in February.Demura initially came to the United States in 1965 to teach karate, thanks to his connection with American martial arts pioneer Dan Ivan. He settled in Southern California around the same time that Black Belt Magazine was gaining popularity in the same area. As one of the most skilled karate experts in the country at the time, Demura quickly became a favorite of the magazine and was even awarded Karate Instructor of the Year in 1969 and Martial Artist of the Year in 1975, earning him a spot in the Black Belt Hall of Fame. Additionally, he authored several books on karate and kobudo for Ohara Publications, which was Black Belt’s publishing branch at that time.Articles on the internet that are related to the topic.

Demura was removed from the Shito-ryu Itosu-kai group in Japan in 2001 due to his alleged lack of communication with them for over two decades and for distributing black belt certificates under his own name. Following this, Demura focused on managing his own Genbu-kai International organization for the remainder of his professional life.Demura, who gained fame through his involvement in the “Karate Kid” movies, was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1938. During his childhood, he started practicing kendo and karate, and later on, he specialized in shito-ryu style under Ryusho Sakagami. Additionally, he received training in kobudo, which is the traditional weaponry of Okinawa, from Taira Shinken.

Black Belt Hall of Famer Fumio Demura Reported Dead at 84

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