Limalama No-ka-oi

Limalama means “The hand of Wisdom,” and No Ka Oi means “The Best” in Hawaiian. Limalama is a contemporary martial art system with roots in ancient fighting techniques. Limalama Original No Ka Oi was Co-founded by Grand Master Richard Nunez in 1965; our style of martial arts has roots in many different styles. On August 2, 2003 inNewport Beach, Ca. Grand Master Richard Nunez received the Platinum Life Achievement Award for his contributions and dedication to the arts worldwide for the last forty years, from the Masters 2003 Hall of Fame Awards. Philosophy includes: respect, self-defense, dedication and our unique blend of self-defense skills. These include kicking, punching, striking, as well as takedowns, weapons, kickboxing, and many other specialized techniques. Our goal is to teach practical and very useful set of

skills that are not just for show, but also for the true self-defense.


When Limalama was developed, there we

re 13 Samoan movements as the foundation.


1)      Afikau – the study of warrior’s traditions specifically dances.

2)      A’mofoe – 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 wrestlin

g, including holds and tripping.

5)      Faufusu or Ku’iku’iga – movement


s 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 Kavae – the study of holds, brea

ks and take downs.

10)  Vaeka ma Kavae – the study of foot movements such as kicks and foot counter

11)  Ti’apega mas Lo’u – the study of Kao

i’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.


All these movements with combined

background of boxing and street fighting are how this self-defense system can be practiced and understood by others. The cause and affect patterns of these motions and movements are learned through the application of: Limalama forms, techniques, controlled reflexes, physical balance, stability, and awareness. Limalama remains oriented towards its Polynesian origins, but it has been modified and revised.


Al Gonzales and Grand Master Richard Nunez