Master Sam Kakina

Master Sam Kakina, and Shifu Peter Tam Hoy

My first introduction into the world of taiji.

Sam, as he liked to be called was in many ways ahead of his time. Having come from a hard style back ground his hands were gnarled not with age but with the training he did as a much younger man toughing them on coconut trees growing on the island.  I can still hear him in his Hawaiian accented pidgin English,

“and now we use the good old American right hook ”  when going over how his taiji worked.

Master Sam Kakina and Shifu Peter TamHoy

Sam’s primary taiji influence Tung/Dong style taiji.

Tung/Dong style considered a medium to large frame taiji.

Shifu Peter Tam Hoy,  “Peter” watchful and reserved,  agile with cat like movement, expressing power within stillness at any point. A good friend, long time student of Sam, patiently guiding me though my introduction into the world of taiji.

Peter mentored by Sam,  unafraid to challenge his training and seek out deeper and deeper levels of understanding.

Peter, continuously refining his craft, teaches Taiji on the Big Island in Hawaii, can be reached though his web site

Sifu Tam Hoy 1975
Shifu Peter Tam Hoy “1975”

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