Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:
Kizo Teruya
March 1, 1896 - 1980

Born on March 1, 1896, Kizo Teruya learned Karate while growing up in in Haebaru, Okinawa. We do not know the name of his instructor, but it likely was Anko Itosu, and his students.

Teruya moved to Hawaii in 1912, and settled in Kekaha, Kauai, where he was a member of the Kekaha Karate Club. That club practiced Ichiji-Ryu (the style of Anko Itosu). Ichiji was a nickname of Itosu. Senior members of the club had learned from Itosu before immigrating to Hawaii. The head instructor of the club was Kenyu Kina. One of the members of the club was bojutsu expert Shuichi Agena.



The Kekaha Karate Club, January 1937.
Teruya is on the far right in the back row.

Teruya eventually moved to Oahu. He knew many Karate instructors here, including Mitsugi Kobayashi and Mr. Murasaki.

Teruya's son, Kise Teruya, is a member of the Okinawan Genealogical Club and has provided information about Okinawa and Okinawans in Hawaii to the Hawaii Karate Museum.

The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Kizo Teruya.


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