martial art styles in Hawaii
To the casual observer, Hawaii seems to be an unlikely place for fierce arts of self-defense to have originated. The mental picture of the Hawaii of olden times is one of peaceful Polynesians lazing under a warm sun, virtually isolated in the mid-Pacific and thus safe and secure from outside enemies. But this stereotype doesn’t fit the facts. Hawaii has had its share of invaders and war. And these lush tropical islands, cut off from the mainstream of the martial arts, produced one of the deadliest—some say the deadliest—form of unarmed self-defense systems ever invented.
Sensei Bill Ryusaki talks about the history of martial arts in Hawaii and Hawaiian Kempo part 1 of 2
Sensei Bill Ryusaki talks about the history of martial arts in Hawaii and Hawaiian Kempo part 2 of 2
The Law of the Fist
Founder: Bill Ryusaki
Kajukenbo Philosophical Meaning of Kajukenbo: "Through this fist style one gains long life and happiness."
The actual name of fighting art was referred to as "Kuʻialua", literally meaning two hits. That name was subsequently given to the god of this martial art.
Only those associated with the aliʻi (nobility), such as professional warriors, guardsmen, and the royal families themselves, were generally taught Kuʻialua. However, during times of warfare, the makaʻāinana (commoners) were also instructed in the basic movements and functions of the martial art.
The old warriors of this art would coat themselves with a thin layer of coconut oil and remove all of their body hair in order to be able slip away and avoid being grappled in battle. The word for Lua masters, ʻōlohe, literally means "hairless".
LUA = (DEEP PIT)+ (HOLE) + (BURY WASTE) + (EXPERT & SKILL HAWAIIAN WARRIOR IN THE ART OF BONE DISLOCATION).…
Founder: Kamanawanui Kaihewalu