Born and raised in Hawaii, Shihan Tabura began his martial arts training under his cousin's tutelage in a backyard dojo. Later, after moving to Southern California, Ted discovered the Okinawa-te dojo headed by another Hawaii-born instructor, Shihan Gordon Doversola. While training at the Okinawa-te dojo, Tabura met John Louis, who became his final instructor in Okinawa-te. Martial art has been a way of life for Master Tabura. There were many years of tournament competition in which Shihan Tabura won many trophies around the world. Tabura Sensei was dubbed “The Sickle Man” by Sijo Adriano Emperado, founder of Kajukenbo, for his mastery in the use of the Japanese kama (sickles). Shihan Tabura directs the annual Festival of the Kings Karate Championship in Maui, Hawaii, one of the greatest tournaments in the U.S.
Kama & Jo
By Ted Tabura
The weaponry techniques of Kama and Jo comprise about half of the arsenal in Okinawa Kobudo. Perhaps of more importance, being that the weapons are far superior in both strength and reach to the arms and legs, neglecting the proper development of the use of these weapons can result only in a partial development and understanding of the art. The proper use of Kama and Jo opens a full array of possibilities in both offensive and defensive maneuvers when using weapons. All the techniques, from defensive positions to devastating attacks, are analyzed and explained with precise and clear descriptions.