The Passing of “Mr. Tino”

We are saddened to announce the passing of Tuâumamao (Tino) Tuiolosega yesterday here in Santa Cruz, California. Mr. Tuiolosega, known to his admiring students as “Pop” and “Mr. Tino”, was the founder of the Samoan martial art of Limalama. In turn, Limalama over the years became a core art to a number of offshoots such as Kakulama and Kenposilama. Among those surviving Mr, Tuiolosega are Rudy, his son and the inheritor of the system; and his indoor students such as John Ottenberg and Bill Dutton; along with thousands of direct,  second and third generation students.

Though not a Chinese style, there is little doubt that—like its cousin, Kenpo— many universal concepts were influenced by a strain of Kung Fu permeating the art. It is our contention that arts like kenpo, Kajukenpo, and Limalama are vital in themselves and, also, powerful vehicles for keeping alive universal martial skills.

Demonstrator in front of thousands of people, Pop was so effective in his style that he became known by the sobriquet “Mr Self Defense”. This is the passing of a major contributor to Martial Arts.

If you would like to read a little more about him, click here.

One Response to “The Passing of “Mr. Tino””

  1. Kraig C. says:

    He was a great teacher. Many thanks and great respect to his direct students, my instructor Mr Dunton, and my classmates, the Kimbals, Marcus, Jeremy, April and everyone else including Big John, Thank you.

    Keep his spirit alive Bill.

    Distinguished honor, respect, dignity and the deserving title of:
    Lamalua

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