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|Also known as||Kapu Kuʻialua, Kuʻialua|
|Country of origin||Kingdom Of Hawai'i|
Kapu Kuʻialua; Kuʻialua; or just Lua; is an ancient Hawaiian martial art based on bone breaking, joint locks, throws, pressure point manipulation, strikes, usage of various weapons, battlefield strategy, open ocean warfare as well as the usage of introduced firearms from the Europeans.
Origin and ancient use
A caste system and various martial arts were introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by Tahitian colonists, who arrived in the 1300s. The Koa warrior group are credited by Black Belt magazine as the creators of the martial art of Kuʻialua.
The name "Kuʻialua" literally means "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 members of the royal families, were generally taught Kuʻialua. 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 to slip away and avoid being grappled in battle. The word for Lua masters, ʻōlohe, literally means "hairless".
The Koa helped Kamehameha the Great unify the islands in 1810. Lua was only to be practiced by the king’s honor guards, and others were forbidden to learn it. The word "kapu," meaning "forbidden", is a part of the old name.
While living on Oʻahu, Kamehameha II established three Lua schools (called pā kuʻialua) to help prevent extinction of this art. One school was instructed by Hāhākea, another by Nāmakaimi, and another by Nāpuaʻuki and his assistants. Nāpuaʻuki's school, probably the most prominent one, taught 24 boys, including Kekūanāoʻa and John Papa ʻĪʻī of Kamehameha's court.
Introducing the sport to America in 1963, Õlohe Solomon Kaihewalu brought the sport public in the 1960s, a controversial act, as previously, the martial art had not been taught to outsiders.
The Lua martial art style is based on bone breaking, joint locks, throws, pressure point manipulation, strikes, usage of various weapons, battlefield strategy, open ocean warfare as well as the usage of firearms.
The modern form of Lua has been adjusted to suit modern times; however, the traditional spirit of the art remains intact. Weapons used by natives of the Hawaiian Islands may have been focused primarily on the artform at one time, as it is said the fighter who loses his weapons should then resort to the hand-to-hand stylings of Kuʻialua.
Training methods include spear catching, training in the surf, and focus of "mana" or life force. This energy is described much like chi or ki in Chinese or Japanese martial arts. Exercises are used to focus this energy much like the exercise of chi kung.
- Hoe - Canoe paddle
- Hoe Leiomano - Paddle, shark tooth weapon
- Ihe - Short spear with barbed edges or straight point (up to 9 ft or 2.7 m staff)
- Kaʻane - Garrote (strangling cord)
- Koʻokoʻo - Staffs (long and short)
- Koʻokoʻo Loa (6 ft or 1.8 m staff)
- Koʻokoʻo Pōkole (4 ft or 1.2 m staff)
- Kuʻekuʻe Lima Leiomanō - Knuckle duster weapon
- Leiomanō - Shark tooth weapon
- Maʻa - Sling
- Maka Pāhoa - Double-edge (eye) dagger
- Newa - Short (small) club
- Pahi - Knife
- Pāhoa - Single-edge dagger
- Pāhoa Koʻokoʻo - Cane double-edge dagger
- Lua was featured in the Hawaii Five-O 2010 reboot third season, episode 16 "Kekoa (The Warrior)"
- "Discover Lua, Hawaii's Martial Art". Black Belt magazine. 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- "Kapu Kuialua Techniques | Lua Hawaiian Martial Arts Training | Self-Defense Styles – - Black Belt". blackbeltmag.com. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
- "Discover Lua, Hawaii's Martial Art – Black Belt Magazine". blackbeltmag.com. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
- Frank, B. (2013). WHFSC Grandmaster's Council: a compendium of the world's leading Grandmasters. LULU Press. p. 301. ISBN 9781300575672. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
- Black Belt. Active Interest Media, Inc. p. 36. ISSN 0277-3066. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
- Warriors, History Channel program, aired: 21 August 2008