After World War II, Karate came to the Americas through our soldiers and sailors who studied the art while stationed in Okinawa and other islands in the Pacific. The first American school opened in Phoenix, AZ, in 1946. The instructor was Robert Trias. Grandmaaster Trias, a former boxing champion in the U.S. Navy, initially studied in the Solomon Islands with T'ung Gee Hsing, who imparted his knowledge of Shuri-te Karate unto him. After further study in the Orient, Master Trias returned to the U.S. with his first system of Karate known as Shuri Karate Kempo, later to be called Shorei-Ryu. After some time he incorporated kata and other elements of the Goju Ryu system and created Shorei Goju Ryu Karate. In 1953, Grandmaster Trias was named as style of Shuri Ryu, and deleted the Goju elements from his teaching. He appointed Grandmaster Herb Johnson as style head of Shorei Goju Ryu in 1979.