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TAI JI MEETS LUA , Hawaiian Martial Art: Tao of Aloha Symposium
February 13, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$4 – $75
Sign Up Now! with Chungliang Al Huang, Tai Ji Master & Ramsay Taum, Kumu Lua
Listen to and watch two martial masters comparing their different traditions. Chungliang Al Huang, originally from China, is a Tai Ji master dancer and Taoist philosopher, and Ramsay Taum of Oahu is a Kumu Lua, a Master of the Way of the Hawaiian Warrior. See what these two martial practices can look like in motion! Chinese Tai Ji (T’ai Chi) and Hawaiian lua, seem to come from two quite different cultures. Yet both practices arise from deep spiritual traditions with perspectives on life and death, both begin by learning to heal, progress through training in fighting skills, and ultimately aim to result in a safer, more peaceful world. Learn how these two disciplines of warriorship serve as practical tools in today’s lifestyle. Hear whether those who master martial arts can ascend to a higher level of communication and understanding. Expect a lively discussion and individual demonstrations by men with the skill to wage war and the will to make peace.
Kumu Lua Ramsay Taum is a master of the Hawaiian battle art of lua, and Po’o (head) of HālauLua o Kaihewalu in Hawai’i. Ramsay honors ‘Ōlohe (grandmaster) Solomon Kaihewalu who lives in California as his lua master, and also acknowledges learning from ‘Ōlohe Charles Kenn. In addition to his extensive martial arts background and training in Judo, Kung-Fu, Okinawa-te and LimaLama, Kumu Ramsay is a cultural practitioner of the Hawaiian healing traditions of lomihaha and ho’oponopono. For more information about the Kaihewalu Lua, . As an important community leader steadily walking the ‘Way of the Hawaiian Warrior’, Kumu Taum is the winner of the 2013 Hawaii Peace Award.
As a child in China, Chungliang Huang soaked up all the traditional martial arts practices of the teachers surrounding him. He was a “Kung Fu kid”. His mother left him a legacy of her Ba Ji Quan practice, which she learned as a young military cadet, at the sixth class of the renowned Huang-Pu Military Academy. As performance artist on stage, in film and on television, Chungliang used his martial arts, including sparring with Bruce Lee. As his philosophical nature developed, Chungliang went on to express his own style of Tai Ji, becoming the author of the classic, Embrace Tiger Return to Mountain: The Essence of Taiji. Other of his books include: Tao: The Watercourse Way , co-authored with Alan Watts, Thinking Body, Dancing Mind, and other books of Tao Wisdom for Sports & Life with Dr. Jerry Lynch.