Founded in 1984, Japan Karate Centre is Lloydminster's foremost martial arts school specializing in traditional Japanese Karate and Okinawan Kobudo and part of the Canadian branch of Shito-Ryu Genbukai International. The Genbukai Canada organization is the official Canadian representative of Shihan Fumio Demura and Shito-Ryu Genbukai International, based in Santa Ana, California.
We are a traditional dojo that teaches respect, discipline and physical fitness through the training of Shito Ryu Karate! We integrate the Japanese language into teaching as part of our program as well! Our primary focus has always been kids classes, and with four nights a week of beginner, intermediate and advanced classes to choose from, the flexibility offered to busy family life is second to none! A very strong youth and adult class is also run twice a week! Rates for classes are based on a monthly fee that follows the school year for holidays to make things super easy to plan around.
We have two major events a year in Lloydminster that we host for the organization, one in April being our big annual Tournament where everyone goes out to compete and test their nerves in Kata (Basic Forms), Kobudo (Weapons) and Kumite (Sparring). Our most important event being in May with The Demura Festival, which is always a huge turnout with a lot of learning under the leadership of Shihan Fumio Demura, and a lot of fun within the large Genbukai Canada Karate community!
Shihan Fumio Demura
Shihan Fumio Demura, 9th Dan, 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 Sakagami Ryusho at his dojo in the Tsurumi district of Yokohama.
Sensei Cameron Steuart
With 50 years experience in the Karate world. Sensei Steuart opened the Lloydminster Dojo in 1984 and is the acting Chief Instructor of Genbukai Canada, being a beacon of leadership to over one thousand members and eighteen dojos.
He achieved the rank of 6th Dan in 2014.
Sensei Joshua Matthews
Starting Karate in 1992 at the age of five under the mentorship of Sensei Steuart. Achieved Jr Black Belt Rank in 2002. Currently a 3rd Dan in Shito-Ryu Genbukai Karate and 2nd Dan in Kobudo. Genbukai Canada's Demura Cup Mens Grand Champion in 2015 and 2018.