Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
Anthony "Tony" Troche began his study of the martial arts in 1939 at the Fort Street and School Street dojo of Tetsuo Higami. Higami was a Ju Jutsu and Judo expert, as well as a professional wrestler. His ring name was "The Rubberman". Troche went on to study Judo in Japan under Watanabe Sensei and Daigo Sensei.
In 1949, Troche lived in San Francisco, where he continued his study of Judo and also Aiki Ju Jutsu under Raymond "Duke" Moore (1915 - 2003). One of Moore's teachers was Raymond L. Law (1899 - 1969), a student of Hawaii's Henry Seishiro Okazaki (1890 -1951). Troche also studied under Mits Kimura, Richard Kim (Daito-Ryu Aiki Ju Jutsu), and Frank Matsuyama (Aiki Jujutsu). Matsuyama was the author of How To Use The Yawara Stick (1948), a copy of which is available online at Yawara.com.
In the 1950's, Troche began the study of Karate under Yuko Takahashi, the San Francisco representative of the Shudokan under Kanken Toyama (1888-1966, student of Anko Itosu). Troche trained under and was tested in Japan by Toyama. In San Francisco, he next trained under Richard "Biggie" Kim (1919 - 2001), a relationship that lasted for many years. One of the skills Troche learned from Kim was the extensive grappling applications present in Karate kata. He also practiced with many other Karate experts of various styles.
In 1966, Troche studied Taekwondo under Kang Ik Lee.
Troche later moved back to Hawaii where he was a member of the Hawaii Karate Congress as well as the Hawaii Karate Kodanshakai. He trained with many sensei in Hawaii and has taught at numerous seminars. For several years, he was affiliated with Kenneth Funakoshi's Shotokan organization.
Troche's martial arts training spans over six decades and several arts and styles. He currently teaches a free children's Karate class in Waianae.
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Anthony "Tony" Troche.
The spirit of Karate is the Aloha spirit
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