Grand Master Tu’umamao “Tino” Tuiolosega, the founder of Lima Lama, has passed away after struggling with the results of a stroke for some number of years.
I met the Grand Master through one of his top disciples, Master Ted Tabura, who I've known since the mid '70s.
Both of these gentle men exuded the internal strength, quietness and power that comes from the true martial arts masters. In the Grand Master's case he moved the room when he walked in the door. At one of Master Tabura's many tournaments I've seen Master Tabura freeze an out of control contestant with one crusty look.
I trust the beautiful and brutal art of Lima Lama will continue to flourish in spite of the loss of the founder, Grand Master Tu’umamao “Tino” Tuiolosega. May he rest in peace.