Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:
Thomas S. H. Young
1915 - 1995

Thomas S. H. Young was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1915. He was one of the first students of Professor James Mitose (1916-1981) and became his first black belt and senior assistant. The other assistant was William K. S. Chow (1914-1987). Other students under Mitose included Jiro Nakamura, Paul Yamaguchi (1925), Bobby Lowe (1929), and Arthur Keawe. Mitose initially called his art "Kempo Jiu-Jitsu". He later used the term "Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu".

A 1942 Honolulu Advertiser advertisement for Mitose's
classes. Young and Chow were listed as the contacts.

Mitose left Honolulu around 1949. It is believed that he went to the Big Island. He later moved to California. In 1953, Mitose published a book entitled, "What Is Self-Defense (Kempo Jiu-Jitsu)". The book was written in 1947. Many photographs of Young, Chow and other students appear in the book.


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Young continued to teach at the Kaheka Lane dojo after Mitose left Hawaii. Two of his senior students were Steven Baldomero and Simeon Eli (1912 - 1971).

Mitose's art was characterized by escape techniques and the avoidance of conflict and violence. Young also taught in this manner. One of his sayings was" "No trouble trouble unless trouble, unless trouble troubles you." This was recounted by Steven Baldomero.

The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Thomas S. H. Young, a peaceful pioneer of Kenpo Karate.


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