Master Kazumi Tabata
An 8th degree black belt, Master Tabata is the founder and head of the North American Karate-do Foundation - NAKF, in 1967, as well as of the New England Collegiate Karate Conference - NECKC, in 1968.
He is in direct line from the founder of the Shotokan style, Master Gichin Funakoshi. His teacher, Master Iso Obata, was one of Gichin Funakoshi's first students and the first chairman of the Japan Karate Association.
Master Tabata was sent from Japan to promote Karate in North America in late 60's. He has done so most effectively, building a large Karate organization in the North East. He was captain of the US Karate team for two decades, representing the US at many international tournaments. In addition, he was technical advisor to the US National Olympic Committee.
Now retired from these official functions, Master Tabata is currently putting finishing touches on his principal book on the Tabata path to Shotokan Karate, an analysis of the philosophical foundations and exercise of Shotokan. He is actively instructing the students from NAKF and NECKC as head instructor and certifies instructors for the NAKF and NECKC.
Master Tabata has recently published a new book! Mind Power -- Secret Strategies for the Martial Arts is available on Amazon.com! In Mind Power, Master Tabata offers his personal teachings as to how martial arts students can reach the point where times seems to slow down, quick movements are seen in slow motion, and the full potential of ones inner power can be harnessed.
Master Tabata has published two other books previously, Power Karate, Basic Karate Techniques for Colleges (1974) and Secret Tactics: Lessons from the Great Masters of Martial Arts (2003) as well as a video of self defense techniques (Ko-bo). Master Tabata has also released his video of the Shotokan Kata to the level of Blue Belt (downloadable below).
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