Kumu Lua Michelle Manu
Kaiewalu Lua, Hula, SHE-Women's Self Defense
Michelle began studying martial arts at the age of 9. She is a first generation Senior Black Belt under Olohe Solomon Kaihewalu, and the only woman instructor. She has been a competitive athlete, professional Polynesian dancer, and a model. Michelle is a relentless advocate, instructor, and author of women’s self-awareness and defense. She was a director for America in Defense (AID) where she led and taught pilots and flight attendants air cabin crew safety (close-quarter combat) as a result of September 11, 2001. She also instructs self-defense for a local Southern California college and community programs through her Super Hero Experience (S.H.E.) Program.
Michelle is known and respected for her martial arts skills and work as a TV host, fight commentator, fight actress, and narrator for film and TV. She continues to book various teaching, modeling, film, television, theatre, print, and radio projects. Michelle has graced the pages of various newspapers, Inside Kung Fu, Sports Illustrated, Martial Arts Masters Magazine, Seni Beladiri (Malaysia), Tae Kwon Do Times (Korea), All About Martial Arts, and Martial Arts Illustrated UK.
She is a Masters Hall of Fame inductee (2006), World Black Belt named her Martial Artist of the Month (2002), inductee Argentina Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2016), and inductee Munich Hall of Honour (2017). Michelle has worked as a live ringside fight color commentator, host of the Masters Hall of Fame World News, host/producer of Silk Warrior TV, host/producer of Influential TV, and as contributing author to several literary and documentary works.
Michelle grew up in Southern California and also lived in Chicago for seven years. During her time in Chicago, she toured the Midwest as a professional Polynesian hula dancer. She began modeling as a bridal runway model at the age of 5 for The House of Brides. She is a graduate of John Casablancas, John Robert Powers, and Barbizon, and was named Orange County Model of The Year in 1986.
Michelle has had a successful twenty year career as a legal and business professional, consultant, mediator, leader, and teacher. She has taught for a private Southern California college and has sat on several college boards as an academic advisory member. She has earned a Certificate in Paralegal Studies, Juris Doctorate, Diploma in Leadership for Senior Executives from Harvard Business School, and an Associate Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. She is a candidate for an MscD in Metaphysical Science (2017) and PhD in Philosophy (2020).
Kumu Michelle will be teaching several workshops over the weekend on the martial arts techniques of the Hawaiian system of Kaihewalu Lua.
An exciting and unique opportunity with Kumu Michelle will be the S.H.E. (Super Hero Experience) self defense workshop for ladies only (sorry guys!) on Saturday, August 12th from 1p - 3p. If you are registered for the entire weekend, then this is included in your registration price, but you still need to RSVP. When you go online and register, you will have an opportunity to select this option. If you are not joining us for the whole weekend, you can purchase this workshop separately for $75.
This SHE workshop will be running concurrently with a kids "Stranger Danger/Bully Self Defense" karate party for the 4, 5 & 6 year olds with Master Rollend Nery and a traditional Hawaiian Haka class with Professor Aiau Koa for the 7 - 12 year olds. (Both kids classes are included if you are enrolled in the S.H.E. workshop). If you are not enrolled in the S.H.E. workshop, you may still bring your kids to the Karate Party and/or Haka class for $15.