Last month, he and Karl Duff, both of Canton, were honored for the dedication to their craft and invited to teach at the annual Okinawan Karatedo Union martial arts seminar in Spring City, Tenn.
Domer holds a ninth-degree karate black belt, while Duff is seventh-level in Bando, a martial art that originates from the Asian country of Myanmar.
Domer said it was an honor to be invited to present at the seminar, and he has always enjoyed being an ambassador for martial arts.
“There is so much that you can learn,” he said. “It takes a lot of discipline, but it’s rewarding.”
Domer said martial arts teaches more than just grappling and self-defense. Students of all ages can develop self-confidence, balance, agility, self-discipline and respect for one another.
“It’s also good for your fitness and well-being,” said Domer, who said he’s proof that a person can participate in martial arts from childhood into adulthood, and even as a senior.
The 79-year-old Domer began studying jiujitsu in 1945 and was introduced to karate in 1963. In 1978, the same year he became an instructor, Domer founded the American Bushido Karate Association, which has since enrolled more than 5,900 students. In 1983, he introduced AAU karate to Georgia.
In 2009, Domer was promoted to a ninth-level ranking by the International Karate Kobudo Union. Domer holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in special education.
Duff began his study of martial arts in 1974, earned his black belt in bando in 1982 and is a designated master instructor. Also an attorney, he authored “Martial Arts and the Law” in 1985, which has become the definitive work in the area of martial arts liability law.