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Victoria's Shito-Ryu Gen-Bukai dojo teaches traditional martial arts in a welcoming and friendly environment, for students of all levels of experience.

The Association was founded by Master Fumio Demura.

In 1965, Fumio Demura became one of the early pioneers of karate in America by opening the first dojo in the United States that taught authentic shito-ryu karate and kobudo (Okinawan weapons training). Born September 15, 1938, Fumio Demura began training in karate and kendo under Asano sensei and learned itosu-kai karate from Ryusho Sakagami. After receiving his black belt in 1956 and winning the 1957 East Japan Championships, he started kobudo training with Taira Shinken (one of Gichin Funakoshi’s students). In 1963, Fumio Demura arrived in the United States and began teaching at Dan Ivan’s karate dojo chain in Southern California. Fumio Demura earned Black Belt Hall of Fame honors as Karate Sensei of the Year (1969) and Martial Artist of the Year (1975). In 2018 he receive the Martial Arts Industry Association lifetime Achievement award.

He is also the subject of the Documentary 'The Real Miyagi'.

The Evolution of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do

Of all of the traditional Japanese karate styles, Shito-Ryu tends to be the most obscure, remaining little understood outside of its own schools.

Shito-Ryu is most often described as a combination of Shotokan, a style of linear movements, and Goju-Ryu, a style of more rounded movements. It is also generally known that its teachers utilize formal exercises (kata) from many Okinawan sources. 

There were four traditional styles of karate formed in Japan: Shito-Ryu, Shotokan, Goju-Ryu, and Wado-Ryu.

The name Shito-Ryu was created by combining the names of the two masters responsible for the beginnings of the Shito-Ryu style. Shito-Ryu was developed and passed on from Master Ankoh Itosu and Master Kanryo Higaonna. In Kanji, the first two letters in their names spell "Shi" and "To" which are the parts of the name Shito-Ryu. Later, Master Kenwa Mabuni combined them to create the name Shito-Ryu, and formed our style. Born in 1893, Master. Mabuni was the 17th generation son of a famous samurai named Onigusuki. In 1929, he moved to Osaka and instructed many students, among them Ruysho Sakagami, who, in turn taught new generations including Shihan Demura.

The style Shotokan was founded by Gichin Funakoshi. His pen name was Shoto, so that name was used to name the style he founded.

The style Goju-Ryu was founded by Chojun Miyagi. "Go" is hard and "Ju" is soft - these two ideas and words were combined to name the style he founded.

The style Wado-Ryu was founded by Hironori Otsuka. "Wa" means peace and "Do" means way - "Wado" means way of peace.

The Genbu-Kai Organization

In approximately 1999, Shihan Demura created Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai International. The name Genbu-Kai has specific meaning. "Gen" means professional, and also original or beginning; "Bu" means martial art. "Kai" is organization.

The Genbu-Kai organization has schools teaching Shito-Ryu karate throughout the United States, and in more than 30 countries around the world, and Shihan Demura continues to lead the organization as its Chief Instructor and President. He continues to find more ways to introduce Martial Arts to more people throughout the world, with the primary goal of helping people to be better human beings and have better, more successful lives.

Shihan Demura also has done a great deal to develop Batto-Do (sword) and Kobudo (weapons) organizations, training methods, and competition opportunities within his own organization and around the world.

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