This year we celebrated GM Robert Trias' life. He passed away 30 years ago. He was a pioneer in Karate in America and regarded as the Father of American Karate. Founded Shuri-Ryu 1st Karate Dojo in the US 1st Karate Association in the US (United States Karate Association) 1st Karate Instructional Video 1st Karate Tournament in the US Also helped in bringing Jhoon Rhee to America. plus many more accomplishments.