Bruce Lee who? The Samoan Grandmasters...

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Feb 20, 2010
 
In the time of Bruce Lee there was the Samoan Grandmasters:

GRANDMASTER TU'UMAMAO “TINO” TUIOLOSEGA of Limalama (Samoan Martial Arts)
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GRANDMASTER HAUMEA "TINY" LEFITI of Mok Gar Kung Fu!(Zero-Inch punch).

No doubt would have sparred with the Great Bruce Lee! They formed the American-Samoan Martial Art Limalama!

These two are legends amongst the Martial Arts community!
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Feb 20, 2010
 
GRANDMASTER HAUMEA "TINY" LEFITI of Mok Gar Kung Fu
(1930 - 1973)

Far from being "Tiny" the giant Samoan was a student of Grandmaster Ark Yuey Wong of the Southern Shaolin Kung Fu who is also the father of American Kung Fu (first to teach Kung Fu to those not of Chinese origin).

GM Ark Wong taught his students the 'standard Kung Fu' that is taught today which can be described as a more watered down style. Not satisfied with this, the young black belt Tiny expressed his desire to learn the specialised combatant style of Kung fu.

Reluctant at first as GM Ark Wong had never taught this to any of his students even his most senior of students of black sash rank. GM Ark Wong finaly gave in to Tiny's persistance and privately taught him the speciallised Kung Fu of Mok Gar including Combat Tai Chi Chuan.

Learning skills such as DEATH TOUCH, NERVE STRIKES, IRON PALM and SPLASHING HANDS. These combative skills were originally taught to those who defended the Shaolin Gates.

As a teacher Tiny would often be challenged by other fighters: boxers, martial artists and street fighters. He would say:
“This is the hospital (his left hand) and this is the morgue (his right hand). Which one do you want? Choose!!”

BRUCE LEE is famous for his ONE INCH punch. Tiny on the other hand had 'NO INCH' punch which caused the person to collapse with a sharp and searing pain that would penetrate and then spread throughout their entire body.

Grandmaster Haumea “Tiny” Lefiti was also a founding member of the American Samoan Martial Art "Limalama".

Learn more:
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http://physicalstrategies.blogspot.com/2007/1...
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Feb 20, 2010
 
GRANDMASTER TU'UMAMAO “TINO” TUIOLOSEGA of Limalama
(1931 - Present)

Tino is the only son of King Tu'umamao Tuiolosega and Saposapoaluga Feagai Poumele Tuiolosega. His grandfather Tagaloa Tuiolosega was the last King of all the islands of Samoa before it was divided and American Samoan became part of the U.S. Territory.

Being the son of a royal family he was required to learn numerous combative techniques of self defense these movements he learned were restricted by sect and family lineage. What he was taught was considered sacred and was only passed onto descendents of the Royal families by their fathers or relatives. Similar to the Hawaiian art Lau and the Maori art Mau was the Samoan martial art possible called 'Limatoa'(Please feel free to correct if you know the correct name).

Tino achieved Master Ranks in the five animal styles of Sil-Lum Kung fu. After getting a degree in political science from the University of Hawaii he joined the Marines. He served in Korea and was also the MiddleWeight Boxing Champion and chief instructor of self-defense. After leaving the service he moved to California and was a famous full contact Martial Arts competitor during the 1950s and 1960s.

In California Tino dedicated himself to exchanging knowledge and techniques with a number of different martial arts teachers. At that time there were not a lot of people teaching martial arts and they formed a small and friendly community, some of whom included Ark Wong, Ed Parker, Tadashi Yamashita, Bruce Lee, Dan Inosantos, and Ralph Castro. With the background of this community he resolved to develop a new system blending his knowledge of Polynesian martial arts with the other techniques he's learned and in the mid 1960’s he started Limalama meaning 'Hands of Wisdom'.

Limalama's foundations are a combination of 13 Samoan Systems:

1. Afikau – the study of warrior’s traditions, specifically dance.
2. Amofoe – the understanding of the manipulation of weights, shifting and swaying tactics to off balance weight.
3. Fa’aelise – the study of coordination, reflexes, balance, holds, breaks and throws.
4. Fa’ako’elau – movements similar to wrestling, including holds and tripping.
5. Faufusu or Ku’iku’iga – movements similar to hand to hand fighting, boxing or street fighting.
6. Lua’aga or Le’iga – the study of pressure points, nerves and joints.
7. Milosia – the study of the execution, delivery and application of circular movements; such as locking wrists.
8. Pepelu ma Pega – the study of knife fighting, this is a cutting coordination. This is a conceptual method in the use of weaponry.
9. Uma Ma Kaupi’I – the study of holds, breaks and take downs.
10. Vaeka ma Kavae – the study of foot movements such as kicks and foot counter movements.
11. Ti’apega ma Lo’u – the study of Kaoi’a, stick fighting.
12. Tal’amoa – the study of combining several of the other concepts together.
13. Upaga ma Lo’ulo’uga – the study of trapping."

Limalamas original founding members were:
1. Tino Tuilosega, who was a Ed Parker black belt, boxer, Samoan Martial Arts.
2. Richard Nunez, Dan Guzman black belt (Kajukenbo/kenpo)
3. Saul Esquival, Dan Guzman black belt (Kajukenbo/kenpo)
4. John Morolt, Shotokan black belt
5. Sol Kaihewalu, Hawaiian Lua, Okinawa-te
6. Hamea "Tiny" Lafiti, Ark Y. Wong black belt

Limalama’s distinguishing characteristic is its grounding in historical Samoan/Polynesian martial arts – including wrist lays, hand-traps, and bone dislocation and breaking, along with knife and stick techniques. The art has a wide following in South and Central America with several divergent branches from the original style. There are also a number of schools active in the United States and Europe

Learn more:
http://limalama.net/Tinobio.htm
http://www.wama-club.com/limalama_history.htm

Other interesting read, Hawaiian Lau
http://www.olohe.com/history-of-lua.html
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Feb 20, 2010
 
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GRANDMASTER TU'UMAMAO “TINO” TUIOLOSEGA of Limalama
(1931 - Present)
Tino is the only son of King Tu'umamao Tuiolosega and Saposapoaluga Feagai Poumele Tuiolosega. His grandfather Tagaloa Tuiolosega was the last King of all the islands of Samoa before it was divided and American Samoan became part of the U.S. Territory.
Being the son of a royal family he was required to learn numerous combative techniques of self defense these movements he learned were restricted by sect and family lineage. What he was taught was considered sacred and was only passed onto descendents of the Royal families by their fathers or relatives. Similar to the Hawaiian art Lau and the Maori art Mau was the Samoan martial art possible called 'Limatoa'(Please feel free to correct if you know the correct name).
Tino achieved Master Ranks in the five animal styles of Sil-Lum Kung fu. After getting a degree in political science from the University of Hawaii he joined the Marines. He served in Korea and was also the MiddleWeight Boxing Champion and chief instructor of self-defense. After leaving the service he moved to California and was a famous full contact Martial Arts competitor during the 1950s and 1960s.
In California Tino dedicated himself to exchanging knowledge and techniques with a number of different martial arts teachers. At that time there were not a lot of people teaching martial arts and they formed a small and friendly community, some of whom included Ark Wong, Ed Parker, Tadashi Yamashita, Bruce Lee, Dan Inosantos, and Ralph Castro. With the background of this community he resolved to develop a new system blending his knowledge of Polynesian martial arts with the other techniques he's learned and in the mid 1960’s he started Limalama meaning 'Hands of Wisdom'.
Limalama's foundations are a combination of 13 Samoan Systems:
1. Afikau – the study of warrior’s traditions, specifically dance.
2. Amofoe – the understanding of the manipulation of weights, shifting and swaying tactics to off balance weight.
3. Fa’aelise – the study of coordination, reflexes, balance, holds, breaks and throws.
4. Fa’ako’elau – movements similar to wrestling, including holds and tripping.
5. Faufusu or Ku’iku’iga – movements similar to hand to hand fighting, boxing or street fighting.
6. Lua’aga or Le’iga – the study of pressure points, nerves and joints.
7. Milosia – the study of the execution, delivery and application of circular movements; such as locking wrists.
8. Pepelu ma Pega – the study of knife fighting, this is a cutting coordination. This is a conceptual method in the use of weaponry.
9. Uma Ma Kaupi’I – the study of holds, breaks and take downs.
10. Vaeka ma Kavae – the study of foot movements such as kicks and foot counter movements.
11. Ti’apega ma Lo’u – the study of Kaoi’a, stick fighting.
12. Tal’amoa – the study of combining several of the other concepts together.
13. Upaga ma Lo’ulo’uga – the study of trapping."
Limalamas original founding members were:
1. Tino Tuilosega, who was a Ed Parker black belt, boxer, Samoan Martial Arts.
2. Richard Nunez, Dan Guzman black belt (Kajukenbo/kenpo)
3. Saul Esquival, Dan Guzman black belt (Kajukenbo/kenpo)
4. John Morolt, Shotokan black belt
5. Sol Kaihewalu, Hawaiian Lua, Okinawa-te
6. Hamea "Tiny" Lafiti, Ark Y. Wong black belt
Limalama’s distinguishing characteristic is its grounding in historical Samoan/Polynesian martial arts – including wrist lays, hand-traps, and bone dislocation and breaking, along with knife and stick techniques. The art has a wide following in South and Central America with several divergent branches from the original style. There are also a number of schools active in the United States and Europe
Learn more:
http://limalama.net/Tinobio.htm
http://www.wama-club.com/limalama_history.htm
Other interesting read, Hawaiian Lau
http://www.olohe.com/history-of-lua.html
Never heard of this king before.
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Feb 20, 2010
 
King Tu'umamao Tuiolosega?. Never heard of him before.
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Feb 20, 2010
 
Sorry I re posted my reply because it didn't show up before. My mistake.

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Feb 20, 2010
 
"...His grandfather Tagaloa Tuiolosega was the last King of all the islands of Samoa before it was divided and American Samoan became part of the U.S. Territory."

Talofa there Shhhhh.....could you please give some more information regarding this "last king" of all the islands of Samoa?
Somehow,that name isnt familiar and it isnt registering.
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Feb 20, 2010
 
Talofa peoples...

Thanks for your posts and in regards to the following that was stated earlier:

"Tino is the only son of King Tu'umamao Tuiolosega and Saposapoaluga Feagai Poumele Tuiolosega. His grandfather Tagaloa Tuiolosega was the last King of all the islands of Samoa before it was divided and American Samoan became part of the U.S. Territory".

After a bit more time doing some "internet research" and common sense in to Tino's background the paragraph taken from 'wiki' and 'martial arts acadamy'- It is with regret I believe this statment is incorrect.

It is not my intention to mislead or to bring about any disrespect to the great man or his family and history. For that I do apologise. My only intention is to bring to light the names of these 2 increadable Samoans Grandmasters.

As a penance I shall now do a hundred one finger push-ups... jokes. On a serious note this paragraph unedited is taken from http://limalama.net/Tinobio.htm

Tu’umamao “Tino”Tuiolosega, Grandmaster and Founder of Limalama Arts of Self Defense was born in American Samoa on July 2, 1931 to, Tu’umamao Tuiolosega, King of the island of Olosega and Saposapoaluga Feagaimaleata Poumele Tuiolosega. As the son of a Royal Samoan family and grandson to Tuiolosega Tagaloa, he was required to learn numerous Polynesian movements of self defense from both his father and his uncle. His last name “Tuiolosega”, literally means “King of Olosega”.
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Feb 20, 2010
 
Well this is the first time I've ever heard of a Tuiolosega. The only Tui with regards to the history of "Samoa i Sasa'e" that I know of is the one and only "Tui Manua".

Is Olosega the same island that supposedly belong to the Tokelauans?.

http://tvnz.co.nz/tagata-pasifika/s2009-e45-v ...
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Feb 20, 2010
 
Proud wrote:
Well this is the first time I've ever heard of a Tuiolosega. The only Tui with regards to the history of "Samoa i Sasa'e" that I know of is the one and only "Tui Manua".
Is Olosega the same island that supposedly belong to the Tokelauans?.
http://tvnz.co.nz/tagata-pasifika/s2009-e45-v ...
Proud wrote:
Well this is the first time I've ever heard of a Tuiolosega. The only Tui with regards to the history of "Samoa i Sasa'e" that I know of is the one and only "Tui Manua".
Is Olosega the same island that supposedly belong to the Tokelauans?.
http://tvnz.co.nz/tagata-pasifika/s2009-e45-v ...
The pasifika link is broken however this here may answer your question
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manua

Tuiolosega is not my family name and cannot answer questions in relations to its history.
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Feb 21, 2010
 
Shhh wrote:
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The pasifika link is broken however this here may answer your question
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manua
Tuiolosega is not my family name and cannot answer questions in relations to its history.
Perhaps this link would help.

http://tvnz.co.nz/tagata-pasifika/s2009-e45-v...
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Feb 21, 2010
 
Proud wrote:
Is Olosega the same island that supposedly belong to the Tokelauans?.
http://tvnz.co.nz/tagata-pasifika/s2009-e45-v ...
Thanks for the new link. I do recall seeing this sad story on Tagata Pacifika when I was in NZ last.

To answer your question it is a No, they are not one and the same.

The Tokelaun Isl Olohega aka Olosenga now known as the Swains Island is located north of Samoa.

http://www.collinsmaps.com/maps/American-Samo...

From memory the American Jennings family who apparently own the island requested 'back in the days' that the Island be recognised as an American territory for protection purposes.

The Swain Island is governed by American Samoa -quite possibly due to its location and population of 37 (wiki). It is classified as an American territory but to say it belongs to Samoa would be incorrect.

The Olosega Island of Samoa is located between the Island of American Samoa and Manu'a - right next door to Manu'a actually.

http://maps.google.com.au/maps...

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Proud wrote:
Well this is the first time I've ever heard of a Tuiolosega. The only Tui with regards to the history of "Samoa i Sasa'e" that I know of is the one and only "Tui Manua".
Is Olosega the same island that supposedly belong to the Tokelauans?.
http://tvnz.co.nz/tagata-pasifika/s2009-e45-v ...
Sis, the title "TuiOlosega" is not new...it is an old title, just like TuiOfu. It is a title of Olosega, but could also be considered as a minor title in 'Ofu. It is because by tradition, a war between Olosega and Ofu, caused the loss of the "Tui'Ofu title. In Olosega family names such as Talamoa,Vo'a,Malae,Malemo,Niua toa,Ape, etc...wih the sa'oaualuma name being Ta'ape.

No it is not the same as Swain's Island...under the auspices ofthe Jennings family..which is known by its Tokelauan name Olohega...which is an atoll. Olosega in Manu'a is mountainous and not far from 'Ofu. However, the connections...by geneaological ties from the Manu'a islands and that to the Tokelau islands is apparent.
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Feb 21, 2010
 
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Thanks for the new link. I do recall seeing this sad story on Tagata Pacifika when I was in NZ last.
To answer your question it is a No, they are not one and the same.
The Tokelaun Isl Olohega aka Olosenga now known as the Swains Island is located north of Samoa.
http://www.collinsmaps.com/maps/American-Samo...
From memory the American Jennings family who apparently own the island requested 'back in the days' that the Island be recognised as an American territory for protection purposes.
The Swain Island is governed by American Samoa -quite possibly due to its location and population of 37 (wiki). It is classified as an American territory but to say it belongs to Samoa would be incorrect.
The Olosega Island of Samoa is located between the Island of American Samoa and Manu'a - right next door to Manu'a actually.
http://maps.google.com.au/maps...
I think Olosega although it is part of American Samoa legally, the Tokelauans referred to it as part of their country. This was way before the Americans and the Jennings claimed it as their own.

I'd love to hear from Masina if this is one and the same island Olosega/Olohega or two seprate ones. Thanks :).
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Sis, the title "TuiOlosega" is not new...it is an old title, just like TuiOfu. It is a title of Olosega, but could also be considered as a minor title in 'Ofu. It is because by tradition, a war between Olosega and Ofu, caused the loss of the "Tui'Ofu title. In Olosega family names such as Talamoa,Vo'a,Malae,Malemo,Niua toa,Ape, etc...wih the sa'oaualuma name being Ta'ape.
No it is not the same as Swain's Island...under the auspices ofthe Jennings family..which is known by its Tokelauan name Olohega...which is an atoll. Olosega in Manu'a is mountainous and not far from 'Ofu. However, the connections...by geneaological ties from the Manu'a islands and that to the Tokelau islands is apparent.
Got it. Fa'afetai lava :)
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Masina wrote:
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Sis, the title "TuiOlosega" is not new...it is an old title, just like TuiOfu. It is a title of Olosega, but could also be considered as a minor title in 'Ofu. It is because by tradition, a war between Olosega and Ofu, caused the loss of the "Tui'Ofu title. In Olosega family names such as Talamoa,Vo'a,Malae,Malemo,Niua toa,Ape, etc...wih the sa'oaualuma name being Ta'ape.
No it is not the same as Swain's Island...under the auspices ofthe Jennings family..which is known by its Tokelauan name Olohega...which is an atoll. Olosega in Manu'a is mountainous and not far from 'Ofu. However, the connections...by geneaological ties from the Manu'a islands and that to the Tokelau islands is apparent.
I would love to learn more about these part of our history that we don't usually hear about. Is it because the "MOTU SA" keep its traditional and cultural treasures within its confines as a means of protecting its characterized sacredness or is it a case of "its in the past, not interested anymore...lol.

BTW I have no idea why I have a fascination and a soft spot for Manu'a when I've never been there. Who knows maybe I was a Manu'an in another life time :).
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Shhh wrote:
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Thanks for the new link. I do recall seeing this sad story on Tagata Pacifika when I was in NZ last.
To answer your question it is a No, they are not one and the same.
The Tokelaun Isl Olohega aka Olosenga now known as the Swains Island is located north of Samoa.
http://www.collinsmaps.com/maps/American-Samo...
From memory the American Jennings family who apparently own the island requested 'back in the days' that the Island be recognised as an American territory for protection purposes.
The Swain Island is governed by American Samoa -quite possibly due to its location and population of 37 (wiki). It is classified as an American territory but to say it belongs to Samoa would be incorrect.
The Olosega Island of Samoa is located between the Island of American Samoa and Manu'a - right next door to Manu'a actually.
http://maps.google.com.au/maps...
My apologies to you and Masina for my ignorance...lol.

I'd also like to acknowledge these SAMOAN WARRIORS for putting our people out there on a positive light. Malo lava.

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Feb 22, 2010
 
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Got it. Fa'afetai lava :)
Well Sis, just to add to what was stated previously. I do not know of any king Tuiolosega to be "the last king of all the islands of Samoa," as reputed by the website.
No offense intended to anyone of the Tuiolosega family, as I know some of them.
I dont doubt the authenticity of the genealogy as those are Manu'a names, but I do not agree with the placement of Tuiolosega being the last king of all the Samoan islands.
Just wanted to add that insight.
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Feb 22, 2010
 
Talofa Proud & Masina.

@Proud, no apologies are needed -> I have learn't 'Wiki' should only be used as a guide.

@Masina, your knowledge of our history is most impressive!

Malos
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Feb 22, 2010
 
Masina wrote:
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Well Sis, just to add to what was stated previously. I do not know of any king Tuiolosega to be "the last king of all the islands of Samoa," as reputed by the website.
No offense intended to anyone of the Tuiolosega family, as I know some of them.
I dont doubt the authenticity of the genealogy as those are Manu'a names, but I do not agree with the placement of Tuiolosega being the last king of all the Samoan islands.
Just wanted to add that insight.
I agree, the Limalama website http://limalama.net/Tinobio.htm does not make such claims.

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