Master Hiroyasu Fujishima of Shotokan Ryu Fujishima Dojo has been teaching karate in Northridge since 1969 and has been the inspiration to many lifetime karate practitioners. An 8th degree black belt, he holds the title of hanshi, an award exclusive to those dedicated to excellence in the martial arts.
Master Fujishima began training as a high school student and graduated from Takushoku University in Tokyo, Japan’s leading collegiate training center.
In 1964 he moved to the United States where he continued training and teaching karate. He joined the faculty of California State University, Northridge (CSUN) as professor of Kinesiology in 1969 where he taught karate, taekwondo and self-defense for 50 years until his retirement in 2019. During his tenure at CSUN, Fujishima Sensei also established the CSUN Center for Asian Movement Arts and the student run organization CSUN Karate Club. At his retirement, he made history by joining a select group of the longest tenured CSUN faculty members.
The current dojo bearing his name has been opened since 2017.