We trained in the ocean, on the beach, in a gym, in a school, in the parking lot, on the mountain and in various parks. We learned empty hand, animal and weapons techniques. We studied meditation, trained our internal and
got a chance to inhale the real culture and people of Hawaii. Our trip was truly was far more than the tourist trip to Hawaii, we had an epic adventure.
In Honolulu and Waikiki we did some tourist type stuff that included the beach, the strip, Luaus etc. We got to work with some phenomenal teachers and martial artist such as Guru Jason Shinichi Yamamotto - a long term student of Guru Bahati on the beaches of Waikiki.
We worked with Guru Bernard Chong (Sunda Silat - the person who introduced Guru Bahati to his silat instructor the late Guru Besar Herman Suwanda - Mande Muda ), Guru Leo Sues (who has more hours training with Guru Besar Bambamg Suwanda - Brother of Guru Besar Herman Suwanda, than any other person) and we worked with and were treated to a performance of Bak Mei by Sifu Wayne Lee. We were blessed and had the great fortune to meet "Ali'i" Miner who not only taught us martial arts training techniques, he shared with us the history and culture of his people along with the mentality that the warriors bring not only martial arts, but how they live their life. As a special bonus his teacher joined us and Oloh'e (lua master) Jerry Walker, has over 60 years of training not only in the deadly family art of Lua, but also through a huge variety of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Hawaiian systems. It was a true pleasure to have him share with us all type of information and to see this information brought to life as he demonstrated how techniques worked on both a physical and internal plane.
When we arrived on the Big Island we celebrated Sherri Reid & Sifu Westan Otto's birthday! Guru Bahati made sure that our cultural education continued. Most of our training was located at places that most tourist do not go to. These locations were absolutely breathtaking. We were blessed to have "Ali'i" Miner travel to join us on the Big Island.
Our group would like to thank Kumu Baba of Pololo Valley Anuenue Hawaiian Immersion School for allowing us the to utilizes their facilities. We learned so much and are very appreciative of our opportunity to train at your facility.
We trained in the ocean, on the beach, and in the dojo with some of the world's best martial artists.
Food, Fun, Culture & Hard Work!
Guru Bahati was also assisted by some of his Senior Students - Guru Gordon Buck, Guru Bobby King, Guru Bryan Dasilva, Muda Guru Brian Sosa Higgins, Grandmaster Billy White and Guru Phillip Ghee. Raylene Mapuana Sopkins
prepared such tremendously delicious breakfast with so much ALOHA for us each day. The traditional Hawaiian breakfast and treats were so good that it is truly hard to describe! We are also very appreciative that Cathleen
Mershant, who was not feeling well, was able to join us for the last 2 days.
The trip was tremendous growth experience for us all and it should help us all to be better martial artist and human beings!
Jazz hands made their way to the Big Island of Hawaii courtesy of the Dietz Clan
Hawaii is a beautiful place, but you do not want to get caught up in any of this!
Grandmaster Billy White & Guru Phillip Ghee
We will always treasure the time that we spent in Oahu and on the Big Island of Hawaii. We appreciate the Aloha that the wonderful people who we met and shared with us!
ALOHA HAWAII WE WILL RETURN!