Tamura represented the United States in the first Judo World Championships in 1956 and served as a referee in the 1964 Olympics for judo. Tamura won the 1954, 1956, and 1959 US National Judo Championships placing second and third in 1957 and 1958, respectively. He continued to compete into the 1970s.
Tamura was a descendant of the Taira Clan, and served in the US Army Combat Engineers of the First Cavalry Division during the Korean War, earning a bronze star. He co-authored a book Common Sense Self Defense and was also an instructor of Heike-Ryu Jiu Jitsu.
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