In Honor of….

Over the last several decades, we have lost many amazing martial artists. Some were icons, some were champions, while others were school owners, black belts, or on the path of this wonderful martial arts journey. Many people have asked about donating on a person’s behalf, a way to give thanks to that individual who is no longer with us. It’s important that we not only remember but show a little appreciation for what that person meant to us. From that, the Museum has created “In Honor of…” A place where people honor that person and support the Museum as we work toward our new facility (all funds go to the museum as a tax deduction).

To make a donation on an individual’s behalf, simply click on the DONATE button located here. Please indicate the name of the individual you are honoring and include the name you wanted noted on this page. The amount you give will also appear next to the name. If you have difficulty figuring out where to include the information, simply email us the information after you make the donation at or call (818) 355-1109.

Eric Fleishman

February 3, 1969 – November 24, 2022
Called “Eric the Trainer,” he was the brightest star in the muscle and fitness industry. A Hollywood physique expert, he has trained some of the biggest celebrities in the world, including President Barrack Obama. He was the “new guru” of the fitness industry appearing on every talk show on the planet. He was the owner of several gyms and on the advisory board for Muscle and Fitness magazine where he had a column. Eric was the most enthusiastic individual in the world and he motivated thousands upon thousands of people. He was also part of the advisory board of the Martial Arts History Museum where he hosted a number of events. He also established the “$5 Million Campaign” for the museum.
Alyssia Kawamoto – $500

Fumio Demura

September 15, 1940 – April 24, 2023
Sensei Fumio Demura was an icon of the martial arts. He played a key role in opening the doors of Japanese karate into America. Through hundreds of demonstrations, seminars and workshops, he continued to spread the art of karate worldwide. He was an author a numerous books on Okinawan weaponry and graced the covers of countless magazines. He was a stuntman, an actor and played all the action scenes of Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid movie series. Demura was inducted into the Martial Arts History Museum’s Hall of Fame in 1999.
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