William KS Chow

kenpoWilliam Kwai Sun Chow was born July 3, 1914, the third child and first son born to Sun Chow Hoon also known as Ah Hoon Chow and Rose Kalamalio Naehu.

After his mothers death in 1925, William dropped out of school at the age of 11, having completed only the 6th grade. William Chow learned to live on his own drifting from one friend and relative to another.

William Chow from early childhood was a loner, a fighter. William Chow was 26 when he started studying martial arts with James Mitose. Even though Chow was one of James Mitose’s top students and close friends, he was promoted to black belt by Thomas Young as Mitose quite teaching at his own self defense school before Chow’s promotion. He became an excellent Instructor but he was not a leader. Many students would attain a certain level of rank with him and then leave due to his personal hard nature and the difficulty getting to know him.

During his lifetime Professor Chow received very little credit for his important role in all the systems based upon Kenpo/Kempo. Outside of the Kenpo community he war relatively unknown. He taught mostly out of YMCA’s, boys clubs and recreation halls. Professor Chow “taught from the heart”. His warrior spirit never left him. To Professor Chow Kenpo was a war art, it was pure Martial Arts, and he never compromised.

Professor William Chow died of a heart attack caused by hypertention in Honolulu on September 21, 1987 leaving behind his wife Patsy and one son. The son studied Kenpo most of his life and earned a black belt ranking, but did not take over his fathers organization.