Law Enforcement Officer
Born in Kumamoto, Japan, Takayuki Kubota began studying martial arts at the age of four. He currently holds a 10th degree black belt in karate and is the founder of the Gosoku Ryu style and the International Karate Association with schools in over 50 countries. He has also distinguished himself by earning advanced instructor ratings in Judo, Aikido, Kendo, and Iaido. Grand Master Kubota began his teaching career at the age of 14. At age 18 he opened his first dojo in Tokyo. He has taught police techniques for over 50 years from simple handcuffing to the world famous baton, PR-24, and the Kubotan keychain which bears his namesake. He has taught at numerous law enforcement agencies all over the world.
In addition to his many other activities, Grand Master Kubota has written several books on the martial arts. His published works include Action Kubotan, The Art of Karate, Gosoku-Ryu Karate, Weapons Kumite and others. He has also produced a number of video tapes on the art. Soke Kubota is also an actor who has appeared in over 300 movies, television shows and commercials. The Mechanic, Killer Elite, Blue Thunder, Simon & Simon, Black Rain, Rising Sun, The Hunted and Pearl Harbor are listed among his numerous acting credits.
Soke Kubota has trained the following Departments and Agencies: Tokyo PD, FBI, LAPD, USDEA, NYPD, USC PD, Monterey PD, Mexican Police, Sheriff's Dept., Salt Lake City PD, Montebello PD, Virginia State Police, New Mexico State Police, Boston PD, Navajo Indian Tribal Police, Indiana State Police, Georgia State Police, San Quentin Prison Police, US State Police, Pasadena PD, National Park Rangers, Glendale PD, US Marshals, Beaumont PD, Italian Police, Detroit PD, Cincinnati PD, Arcadia PD, California Highway Patrol, Alaska State Police, Hawaii State Police, Washington State Police, New Orleans PD, Toronto PD, Canadian Police, Puerto Rican Police, Venezuela Police, Ecuadorian Police, US Marine Corps, US Army, US Navy, US National Guard, Arizona State Police, San Diego PD, Beverly Hills PD, Culver City PD, Santa Monica PD. Also, Soke has trained and certified thousands of police instructors in numerous seminars around the world over the past 50 years.