Born and raised in Hawaii, Shihan Tabura began his martial arts training under his cousin's tutelage in a backyard dojo. Later 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 (deceased) who became his final instructor in
Okinawa-te, then Lima Lama. Sensei Louis ranked Tabura as a Black Belt in 1968.
Shihan Tabura was dubbed 'The Sickle Man' by Sijo Adriano Emperado, founder of Kajukenbo, for his expertise in the use of the Japanese kama (sickles). That nickname stuck with Shihan Tabura for many years. He was one of the highest ranks in the world in the arts of Okinawa Te and Lima Lama.
He passed away August 12, 2013 at his home in Gardena, California.
|Its a very sad day today losing a legend and a great Grandmaster, Grandmaster Ted Tubura, he was always a giving person and loved what he did in giving to his students nothing but love and was always there for anyone, In behave of the the Urquidez Family we are very sadden for losing another Great Martial Artist, He will always be in our Hearts, With all our LOVE AND RESPECT, TO THE TABURA FAMILY.|
|Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Tabura family on the passing of a martial arts legend and true pioneer in the industry. With love and respect from the Anderson family GM Tabura will be missed.|
|I spent many hours at many southern Cal tournaments with My Man Teddy back in the 1970s, We shared so much laughter together and he was always such an easy-going gentleman to be around. Significantly, Teddy never had a bad word about any martial artists, but would always point out positive things about other black belts performing empty-hand or weapons forms. I hadn"t seen him for about 20 years when one day he called me here at my home in Vegas just to say hello. His sons are much like their dad. I worked with the youngest one on a Cynthia Rothrock film called "Blond Justice" back in the mid-90s. All the Taburas looked alike to me, so I was calling him Baron (Teddy"s other son) and he kept politely correcting me. So I started calling him "Teddy" and politely went along with it. I told him I"d been kicked in the head too many times over the years and had memory lapses, especially with people"s names. Teddy, old friend, I"ll be seein" you someday up there in the Great Dojo in the Sky!|
|I meet Sensei Ted Tabura when I started Karate at Grand Master Bill Ryusaki Karate School back in 1967, His brother Jerry was my first instructor there. shortly after that I met his brother SenseiTed tought me some, but was there encouraging me to do well. As I move up the ranks in tournament fighting he was always there to encourage me in coach me at times. I washed his son Baron grow from a little boy at tournaments into a world Champion. Like is brother Jerry he will be greatly miss. Much love to his family and friends.|
I am truly saddened by this great loss of my dear friend GM Ted
Tabura, who loved his students and his martial arts as well as the love
for the people of Hawaii, especially Maui. Much aloha to you and your
Ohana Shihan, I have so enjoyed our moments that WE had together, many
blessings always! Say aloha to chief and Master Tuiolosenga. Aloha my
brother until we meet again.
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