Robert Trias

Shuri Ryu

Later Trias was transferred to Singapore, where he studied with many different instructors in many different styles. Trias trained in Kempo Jiu-Jitsu from Hoy Yuan Ping, Goju Ryu from Gogen Yamaguchi and Roy Oshiro, Kodokan Judo from Yaju Yamada, and Yawara Stick from Frank Matsuyama.

Trias trained in Kempo Jiu-Jitsu from Hoy Yuan Ping, Goju Ryu from Gogen Yamaguchi and Roy Oshiro, Kodokan Judo from Yaju Yamada, and Yawara Stick from Frank Matsuyama.

While Trias and Mitose never trained together the two were friends. It was Trias who convinced Mitose to start teaching Kosho in Hawaii.

In 1945 Trias left the US Navy and moved to Phoenix, Arizona and began teaching martial arts in his back yard. In 1946 Trias opened the first dojo on the mainland of the United States. For this many reason many people refer to Trias as the “Father of American Karate.” Two years later in 1948, Trias founded the United States Karate Association (USKA) which is still in existence today.

Trias was instrumental in promoting the first Karate Tournament in 1955 and the first World Karate Tournament in 1963. It was Trias who wrote the rules for these events, and they are still used today with only minor varations.

In later years, Trias became a student of Yasuhiro Konishi and Makoto Gima. Trias was promoted by Konishi to 9th dan in 1964 and 10th dan by Gima in 1983 making him the head of Shuri Ryu.

In 1989 Trias died of cancer leaving his daughter Roberta Trias-Kelley in change of Shuri Ryu. Trias also left behind several books including: The Hand is My Sword, Karate is My Life, The Methods of Shuri-ryu, The Pinnacle of Karate, and The Supreme Way.