Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:
Tatsuo Suzuki
born 1928

Born in Yokohama in 1928, Tatsuo Suzuki began the study of Karate at the age of 14. He eventually became a student of Hironori Ohtsuka (the founder of Wado-Ryu and the senior student of Gichin Funakoshi).

In the late 1950's, Walter Nishioka of Hawaii became a senior student of Ohtsuka. In 1962, he arranged for a visit by Ohtsuka to Hawaii. Ohtsuka arrived on Wednesday, January 24, 1962, accompanied by Suzuki, then 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. They returned to Japan a few days later.

In 1991, Suzuki formed the Wado International Karate-Do Federation (WIKF) or Wado Kokusai Karate-Do Remni. More information about Wado-Ryu, Ohtsuka and Suzuki us available at the federation's website.

Books by Suzuki:

The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Tatsuo Suzuki.


The spirit of Karate is the Aloha spirit


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