Dell Sharpe began his martial arts training in the 1980s in Taekwondo. During the beginning phases of his training, he had no idea of the path it would take him. In the 1990s, Dell started work as a youth mentor for various sports programs. Seeing a need for discipline and structure, he utilized a lot of the training methods from his martial arts experience to help the children grow. He turned down his black belt in Taekwondo several times before moving on to other systems. He felt as though he wasn’t ready for such rank, as well as not wanting to commit himself to one school of martial arts. He began training with Master Issah Reid in the art of Kickboxing, and it was through Master Reid that he was introduced to “Papasan” Jack Stern.
“Papasan” was the founder of the World Organization of Mixed Martial Arts, as well as the system of Kojido Jutsu. Dell became direct student of “Papasan” and studied with him for several years. Unfortunately very ill, “Papasan” passed away in 2012. Upon his death, Dell Sharpe was named as his inheritor and Soke. With it, he assumed the position of President of WOMA. Following his instructor’s example, Dell created his own system of self defense. Kobura-Ryu Bujutsu focuses on practical training for real world situations, and is constantly evolving to remain a street-applicable system.