karate training in 1967 under Sensei Artie Aviles of Japanese Gojuryu.
In 1971, Fernandez
initiated his study of Shorinryu Karate-do under the tutelage of Charles Bonet, Hansh.
In the late 1980's, Fernandez became a member of Eizo Shimabukuro's Okinawan Shorinryu Karate-Do International Association (OSKIA) and assumed the role of the organization's U.S. director in 1993.
In 2001, Luis Fernandez received his Master Instructors License in Okinawa from Eizo Shimabuku.
As a fierce competitor, Fernandez
was considered a dominant champion iduring three decades in three weight categories (Middle, Light Heavy and Heavyweight).
competitive resume ranks with the best, winning The World Cup, Trans-Atlantic and Henry Cho's All-American in New York's Madison Square Garden.
Fernandez serves as a senior executive board member of both Shorinkai International and the world Traditional Karate-Do Union.
was promoted to 9th Dan in 2012 and continues to teach and study martial arts systems including but not limited to Brazilian JiuJitsu and Kickboxing.
Fernandez has been a law enforcement officer since 1982 and is available for seminars and special training on several subjects including, survival, police tactics, rape prevention, weapons, defensive tactics, karate kata interpretation etc.
has been published in Miami Medicine Magazine
article on the positive impact of martial arts on children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) resulted in specially designed childrens karate programs.
has also been featured in magazines, television and films including Great Karate Inspirations.