Star-Bulletin Features

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Michael Tse was taught his martial arts moves by Hong Kong wing chun grandmaster Ip Chun, who also taught Bruce Lee.

Martial arts masters

The Hawaii Ki Federation offers a seminar
about the inner force behind aikido

By Shawn "Speedy" Lopes

When Clayton Naluai set foot in Koichi Tohei's aikido class some 40-odd years ago, he had no idea he was in for a life-altering experience. It was a good decade before Hollywood introduced the mass populace to the mystery and power of martial arts and Tohei's curious exercises in self-defense intrigued the young Naluai, who promptly enrolled.

"(Tohei) pointed to me and asked me to come up," Naluai recalls of his first day of training. "Then he asked me if I knew how to tumble. I said 'yes' and the next thing you know, I was flying through the air."

Naluai found himself flat on his back with no pain; only an overwhelming sense of bewilderment. "My first thought was 'What the heck is this?'" he chuckles.

In the years since, Naluai says he has learned how to tap this inner power through aikido and apply its dynamic qualities to various areas of his life. By unifying mind and body, he says, performance in a wide array of daily situations is greatly enhanced.

The Hawaii Ki Federation invites the public to experience the power of ki, the force behind aikido, in a four-day seminar and exhibition tomorrow through Sunday at the Ala Moana Hotel.

Shinichi Tohei, president of Ki Society International and son of its founder, will hold a lecture and demonstration with the assistance of the Hawaii Ki Federation. Day one of the Ki Seminar, which is open to the public, features a full day of training with Senseis Naluai, Christopher Curtis and Dr. David Shaner. Lunch and a seminar T-shirt is included and cost is $10.

Aikido students of all levels are invited to participate in the Ki Aikido seminar for the following three days of training and fellowship. It includes a daily lunch, aloha banquet and a seminar T-shirt. Package rates are available. There will also be a special children's seminar and practice, with lunch as well.


Where: Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive
Ki lecture: 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow; $10 admission
Ki aikido seminars: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow; 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday and Sunday; and 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday; $150 per day


Michael Tse and his senior students from the U.K. bring an exhibition of rare Chinese martial arts to downtown Honolulu Saturday.

Check out Shaolin weapon forms; wild goose qigong, which adapts the flexible stretching and fluttering movements of the birds; cannon fist, an element of Chen tai chi chuan involving powerful jumping and stomping moves; and wing chun, a close-range form of kung fu associated with women's self-defense, though practiced by both genders.

Tse -- a pupil of Hong Kong wing chun grandmaster Ip Chun, whose most famous student was Bruce Lee -- opened his own school in England and has chosen Hawaii to be home to his North American Tse Qigong Centre headquarters.

The demonstration is free and will take place at Harris United Methodist Church from noon to 2 p.m. Call 528-8501 to reserve.

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