Senior Black Belt in Kaihewalu Hawaiian Lua

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Michelle

                                                      Manu

Kumu Lua and Dame

Michelle began studying hula at the age of 3 and martial arts at 9. She is a first generation Senior Black Belt under Olohe Solomon Kaihewalu, and the only woman instructor. She was also given the designation of Knight Commander by the Royal Order of Kamehameha I; the first woman in history to be knighted for her work in promoting, perpetuating, and preserving the Hawaiian combat art, Lua. 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. Michelle also instructs self-awareness and defense for colleges, community programs, homeless shelters, and internationally through her Super Hero Experience (SHE) Program.

 

Michelle is known and respected for her fighting skills and work as a TV host, MMA fight commentator, fight actress, and film/TV narrator.  She selectively books various teaching, speaking, modeling, film, television, theatre, print and radio projects. Michelle has graced the pages of various print and digital newspapers and magazine such as Inside Kung FuSports IllustratedMartial Arts Masters MagazineSeni Beladiri (Malaysia), Tae Kwon Do Times (Korea), All About Martial Arts, KenpoGirlHerstoryMartial Arts Illustrated UK, and Europe's Warrior Magazine. She is a Masters Hall of Fame inductee (2006), World Black Belt named her Martial Artist of the Month (2002), Argentina Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee (2016), Munich Hall of Honours inductee (2017), Gathering of Eagles Kenpo International Hall of Fame (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, InfluentialTV, Heroes' Hearts, and as a 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 modeling graduate of John Casablancas, John Robert Powers, and Barbizon, and was named Orange County Model of The Year (1986).

 

Michelle has had a successful 20+ year career in government (federal and municipality), public corporations, and private companies as a legal and business executive and specialist, crisis consultant and facilitative mediator. She has taught for a private Southern California college and has sat on several college boards as an academic advisory board member. She has earned a 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 Metaphyiscal Science (2017) and PhD in Philosophy (2020).

"You are the only one, here, that can do what you are about to do." - Kahu Mark Saito

Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I