Ted Tabura is a master of Asian martial arts weaponry. His nickname, “Sickle Man,” stems from his uncanny ability to wield the kama, which he showcased frequently in the 1960s and ’70s. Ted Tabura used it to win more championships than he can count, and the remarkable part is, he’s just as capable with an arsenal of other weapons. Ted Tabura was raised on Lanai, Hawaii. Ted Tabura learned boxing on that island and later on Maui before switching to Okinawa-te and lima lama. Now a resident of Gardena, California, he still teaches lima lama, but his true love is weapons. Since the turn of the century, Ted Tabura and his clan have focused on teaching and promoting their own art, Tabura Style Karate-do. Black Belt Magazine inducted Ted Tabura into the 2009 Hall of Fame as Weapons Instructor of the Year. The bokken is a wooden replica of the Japanese samurai sword. According to sensei Ted Tabura, practicing with the bokken will improve your eye and hand coordination, plus strengthen your hands, arms, wrists and upper body. On this martial arts weapons DVD, Tabura presents you with an eclectic free form of bokken and kobudo. Discussed and demonstrated: introduction to bokken, striking, proper gripping, target areas, two-man practice, grand championship free-form two-sword kata, introduction to kama, introduction to naginata and formal sword handling.


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