Ohio Chief Instructor - Sensei Nick Veri
Karate school Director, Nick A. Veri, has 37 years training and 38 years in law enforcement. In addition, Sensei Veri also has a background in yoga. From Sensei Veri: “I taught self-defense tactics at the police academy for 7 years. My instruction in traditional karate along with my police training enables me to convey self-defense tactics to my students."
Sensei Veri began his Shotokan training in 1977. At a very early stage in his training, he knew he wanted to teach, so he challenged himself with instruction from a number of different organizations and different karate masters. Sensei Veri has received rank from four different organizations in Shotakan. In addition, Sensei Veri is a veteran of numerous karate camps and seminars where he has refined his technique and honed an in depth knowledge of the art of Shotokan Karate.
Sensei Veri’s affiliation with Demura Sensei began in 2002. At this time, Demura Sensei reviewed Sensei Veri’s credentials, visited the school, and accepted Cortland Karate Center into the Genbu-Kai family. Because of this relationship, Sensei Veri is the Ohio representative of the Japan Karate Federation Karate-Do Rengo-Kai, and Cortland Karate Center is under Demura Sensei’s guidance in Karate-Do, Kobudo (Okinawan weapons) and Batto-Do (katana or Japanese sword).
Shihan Fumio Demura – Director & Chief Instructor, Shito-Ryu Genbu-Kai International
The consummate martial artist, Shihan (Master Instructor) Demura is the epitome of a karate sensei. He combines traditions of the past with modern training approaches and methods. He is completely devoted to the art and this is obvious when you see him in action. His students regard him with love, trust, respect and admiration.
Shihan Demura possesses an extensive and impressive resume and has vast knowledge of a number of martial arts disciplines including: Karate-Do, Kobudo, Judo, Batto-Do, Aikido and others. He has given hundreds of seminars and demonstrations on karate and kobudo. Also, he has authored several books and videos and been featured in numerous martial arts publications.
Shihan Demura has received several awards including: the Black Belt Lifetime Achievement Award, Martial Artist of the Year, Karate Sensei of the Year, several Hall of Fame inductions and, in 2011, the USKA Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, he has acted in, stunt doubled or consulted on a number movies and TV shows, including The Island of Dr. Moreau and the Karate Kid movies.
Rather than emphasizing competition, Shihan Demura emphasizes personal growth and mental discipline in his training to help people become better human beings. Through his open mindedness he has been an example to others including: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Steven Segal, Sho Kosugi, Mike Stone, Richard Norton.... and many other top world martial artists today.
Today Shihan Demura serves as director and Chief Instructor for the Shito-Ryu Genbu-Kai International. Genbu-Kai is 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.