Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:


Hironori Ohtsuka
June 1, 1892 - January 19, 1982

Hironori Ohtsuka was born in Ibaragi, Japan, on June 1, 1892. He was already an expert of Shindo Yoshin Ryu Jujitsu when he began to learn Karate Jutsu from Gichin Funakoshi. For many years, he was Funakoshi's senior student. Another senior was Yasuhiro Konishi, a Kendo expert. Both Ohtsuka and Konishi also trained with Choki Motobu.

Around 1934, Ohtsuka registered his own style of Karate known as Wado-Ryu with the Dai Nippon Butokukai. So skilled was Ohtsuka, that he was featured in Karate-Do Taikan by Genwa Nakasone (1938). That historic work mainly featured senior Okinawan instructors.

In the late 1950's, Walter Nishioka of Hawaii became his student. Like Ohtsuka, Nishioka already had a strong background in Judo (Jujitsu).

In 1962, Nishioka arranged for a visit by Ohtsuka to Hawaii. Ohtsuka arrived on Wednesday, January 24, 1962. He was accompanied by Tatsuo Suzuki, 5th dan, Yoshio Kawaguchi, 5th dan, and Kiyohisa Hirano, 3rd dan. The group practiced and demonstrated Karate on Oahu, the Big Island (Hilo), and on Maui (Wailuku). On Friday, February 9th, they gave a demonstration at the Farrington High School Auditorium. Ohtsuka and the group returned to Japan a few days later.

Kiyohisa Hirano returned to Hawaii on July 1st and opened a dojo. He has resided and taught here ever since.

The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Hironori Ohtsuka.


The spirit of Karate is the Aloha spirit


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