Japanese Performers



This year, we are pleased to have several high value performers who will be performing. We are pleased to introduce them, and you may further inquire about them located on the right hand.

INTRODUCING: BUNASAWA

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JUKKEN-DO is a new, comprehensive style of martial arts founded by the well-known Judo Master Nori Bunasawa of Japan. Mr. Bunasawa has an extensive background in competition Judo/Jujitsu and was at one time a Japanese World Judo team member. He is a 8th Dan in Judo, or 8th degree Master red and white belt. Now he combines his extensive knowledge of throwing, grappling and submission with the striking arts. His background also includes Boxing, Karate, and Kempo.

Mr. Bunasawa will put all these techniques together into a new martial art form, called JUKKEN-DO!! It's 70% grappling/submission based with striking. Don't miss the opportunity to find out more about this style. This is a great form of self-defense and one of the best all around MMA fighting systems of 21st century. Students will have the opportunity to combine the dynamic throws and groundwork they have begun to master in Judo and leverage them into a form of MMA and self-defense training which can prepare them for any situation. Students come from far and wide to get in on the action in this new art. Classes are filling up fast, don't get left behind! (Check Bunasawa-Kai Class Schedule).


INTRODUCING: SHITO-RYU KARATE-DO GENBU-KAI INTERNATIONAL

Grandmaster Shihan Fumio Demura
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Shihan Fumio Demura was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1938. He began the study of Kendo at eight years of age. As his training formalized, he studied Kendo under the legendary Nakamura Taisaburo Sensei, and Kendo and karate under Ryusho Sakagami Sensei at his Dojo in the Tsurumi district of Yokohama.

An avid student, Shihan Demura trained daily in the martial arts, achieving high levels of proficiency at a young age. While training at Sakagami Senseis' Itosu-Kai Dojo, he was introduced to the Okinawan Kobudo teacher Taira Shinken Sensei, and soon became knowledgeable in various Ryukyu weapons, an ability he would become famous for after his move to America.

In 1961 Shihan Demura won the National Kumite title of Japan. He was now teaching karate in Tokyo, but had the desire to come to the United States. His opportunity presented itself in 1963 when martial arts historian Donn Draeger introduced him to the American karate pioneer Dan Ivan who was in Japan looking for a talented instructor to assist him with his Dojos in southern California.

In 1965, Shihan Demura moved to the United States where he is generally considered the first to teach authentic Shito-Ryu karate and Okinawan Kobudo. Shihan Demura quickly became a prominent figure in the American karate world through his teachings and his highly skillful and entertaining demonstrations.

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 awarded the "Black Belt Hall of Fame "Martial Artist of the Year." In 1999 Sensei Demura was inducted into the History Museum Martial Arts "Hall of Fame."

During the 1970s and 1980s, he authored several books on karate and Kobudo for O’Hara 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 the Shito-Ryu Genbu-Kai International. 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!


INTRODUCING: JINENKAN

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Our mission is the pursuit and study of "kobudo" - Japan's "old martial arts" so that we can hone our spirits, and strengthen our bodies. Fortunately, our "jissen" - "realistic combat" outlook on this training reminds us of the commonality we have with one another as people.

Martial Arts: A Key to Enjoying Life

By experiencing over and over again the harsh emotional environment of combat or fighting, we are able to see the beauty of our daily existence. If you spend time on the mat, with your partners playing the roles of aggressive "attackers" who are constantly trying to push, punch, kick, cut, and throw you, it's pretty hard to think it's a big deal that your latte was a little cold this afternoon, or that someone took your parking spot.

Martial Arts: A Key To Helping Others

Conversely, when you then take your turn as the "attacker" you are offering yourself wholeheartedly to your training partner so that they will have a close-to-real experience and overcome the huge obstacles we give each other in training. The really tough part: it's their turn to win, and we must attack ferociously, but only enough to push their limits so that they grow ... so that in the end, they learn to win. This must mean that we learn to accept our role at that moment - we face the losing end of that training - for their benefit. It takes a much stronger sense of self to do that for someone else. That's "aggressive compassion" at its finest.

The good news is that by this process we are able to create an atmosphere of extreme trust, enormous personal growth, and some of the best friends you will likely ever come to know. Push your limits, too, starting with an easy one: call us: Phone: (310) 477-8425


SIDEBAR - PARTICIPANTS

Below is a list of all of the 2011 USMAF participating performers



Bunasawa-Kai Dojo JUKKENDO
Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai International
JINENKAN

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