Gerald Okamura was born in Hilo, Hawaii in 1940. He began martial arts with the study of Judo in 1953. He has practiced Kendo, Aikido, Taekwondo, and he is currently a 5th degree Black Belt in Kung Fu San Soo under the late Jimmy H. Woo.
Gerald is a designer of various types of weaponry that have been featured in dozens of movies and publications across the world. His favorite weapon is the Okamura Hook sword.
His advice to someone who would like to study with weapons, is that they sh Gerald Okamura, Judo Jimmy Woo, Kung Fu ould begin with a focus on the mind and body. “These will always be your most powerful weapons, the objects you choose to use after, are just an extension of these extremities says Okamura “.
In his first TV role, he was cast as a Shaolin Monk alongside David Carradine in the TV series Kung Fu. His first Movie role was with James Caan , Bo Hopkins, and Burt Gerald OkamuraYoung in a movie called Killer Elite. A veteran actor with a 30 year career in the entertainment industry, Gerald has played an assortment of characters ranging from Yakuza, to Vampires, to bad Elvis Impersonators, to you name it ! Although laughingly, Gerald is still looking to be casted as a leading man in a Romantic feature.
Gerald hosts an annual event entitled DRAGONFEST, where his fellow Martial Artists, Hollywood Celebrities, Sci-Fi Stars and Models donate their time each year, allowing the public to meet them, take photographs, and get autographs from their favorite stars.