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TABATA, Kazumi It is with great sadness we announce the recent passing of Grand Master Kazumi Tabata, 9th degree black belt, at the age of 77. He died peacefully at his home in Lynn, MA, USA. While studying at Waseda University in Japan, "Sensei" Tabata - as he was later known by his students - became a senior student of Sensei Isao Obata. Sensei Obata was the first Chairman of the Japan Karate Association and a senior student of Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate. Sensei Tabata came to the USA in the late 1960's under the direction of Sensei Obata, where he founded the North American Karate-Do Federation, consisting of Shotokan Karate schools in New England, Philadelphia, Bermuda, and Italy, and the New England Collegiate Karate Conference, consisting of many college clubs, and now known as the North American Collegiate Karate Conference, in recognition of the participation of many colleges outside of New England. He also trained local law enforcement agencies during that period in hand-to-hand combat and self-defense and he was the team coach for the Bermuda Word Karate Team. Sensei Tabata had many interests and talents in addition to his karate teaching and leadership. He was the author of numerous books, including Secret Tactics, Warrior Wisdom, Mind Power,and Kudensho: Secrets of Karate, all available on Amazon. He was an artist, a musician, and a calligrapher. His entrepreneurship encompassed a successful import/export business, real estate, and a number of restaurants including Gyuhama of Japan where he was a pioneer of authentic Japanese cuisine in the Boston area, and where he introduced "Midnight Rock n Roll Sushi." He also conceived and hosted the Boston Asian Festival in 1993. Sensei Tabata has had a huge impact on Shotokan Karate for many years through his leadership, teaching and writing. Many of his students will continue with the work of spreading Tabata-Ha Shotokan Karate throughout the world. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him and all in the karate world. He was the most enthusiastic instructor, host, and mentor for which one could ever hope, and his spirit extended beyond the dojo and touched the lives of countless people. To leave a message of condolance visit www.dellorusso.net Dello Russo Family Funeral Homes


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Published in Boston Globe from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2020.
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March 31, 2021
Tabata was my next door neighbor in Little Nahant for years. He was always smiling and giggling, and a delight. As a teenager, I remember looking out the kitchen window and seeing him teaching a class, his students mesmerized, with the Atlantic Ocean behind them. I am so sad to hear of his passing. He was such a lovely man.
C. Rynne Pages
February 28, 2021
I have fond memories of him from the mid to late 70's when he lived in Nahant. RIP my friend
Dennis Palazzo
February 27, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Sensei Tabata’s passing. I was a member of the Yale Shotokan Karate Club in the mid 1980’s. Although his knowledge of Karate was unmatched, I will remember his kindness and spirit. He was an excellent teacher and a wonderful person. He promoted me to the level of brown belt. Unfortunately, I was never able to attend one of his legendary ‘special training’ sessions, required to attain the level of black belt. Many of our club members did. The trainings were known to be both grueling and rewarding. I have thought often of sensei over the years. He will be missed.
Michael Comeau
January 5, 2021
I studied under Sensei Tabata at Yale University from 1983-1987 and I am pleased to say that he made me president of the Yale Student Shotokan Karate club in 1987. I went on to Washington University School of medicine and Meharry Medical College competing a Master of Science in Public health. Yours truly Doug Simmons ES
Doug Simmons
December 20, 2020
As a 69 year old recently retired nurse from BMC...I looked back on influences in my young life, and It was Sensia Tabata while on Shotakan team at Tufts in late 60’s early 70’s...The way he inspired me with teaching pass our body ( or mental) limits to at attention mental aspects served thought me the use of focus and enthusiasm. BTW...I’ve never since a FASTER SET OF HANDS!!! (For those who’s lucky to be one of his student...you know what mean). That was a big deal to me as a kid! Well Sensei...MY FULL RESPECT. Can’t thank you enough! Rest In Peace my Teacher! YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED.
Bob Brayboy
December 20, 2020
So sorry to the loss of Sensei Tabata. Have never met the Sensei, but have heard amazing stories. Please accept my condolences.
Brian D Hartnett
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