SAM ALAMA KUOHA
Chinese Kara-Ho Kempo Karate
Born in Hawaii, November 26, 1946, Sam started his martial arts career at four (4) years old learning in a Japanese Karate system under his uncle. At the age of 12 years old, he entered into a training stage that would set his life as later becoming the Grandmaster of the Chinese Kara-Ho Kempo Karate System. He spent many years as a disciple, living in a martial arts temple, training 8-1 0 hours daily, six (6) days a week. His training at this time evolved around the Chinese Kempo/Kenpo Karate System and Sam trained with the founder-originator of the system, learning at a young age that in order for one to be best one can be, the seeking of knowledge must come through the best. So he learned from first, Master Kuheana, a strong disciple under Professor Chow then the famed, Professor William Chow, himself, from Hawaii. Sam also studied other martial arts disciplines and eventually assisted Professor Chow in adding to the already superb art of The Chinese Kara-Ho Kempo-Kenpo Karate System. In 1987 after the untimely death of Professor Chow, Sam was deemed the new successor to the system, being promoted to 1 Oth degree black belt, the highest one can receive. The system flourished from 20 dedicated students, total in two schools to what it is today.
He was the instrument in developing the growth in these past years, that has grown to over 200 handpicked schools and over 15,000 students in 9 different countries, and still Growing. He has under his wing a several schools in the San Diego Area alone, and some owned and operated by his teenage daughter, Ka'imi.
He has appeared in over I 00 different feature articles and 33 international magazine covers just in the past ten (10) years. The popularity of the system he now heads, The Chinese Kara-Ho Kempo Karate has become one the fastest and strongest organizations in the world today.
Sam's expertise in developing creative fight scenes for the motion picture industry is becoming more popular due to his training in various styles of the martial arts and his desire to doing things that no-one else have yet seen or thought of. A member of Screen Actor's Guild (SAG), he has acted in the following: "Sword of Heaven" a TWE Film. He played an assassin and also was the fight coordinator. "Hearts of Fire" a Corelco Picture. Acted as "Craig" and was the stunt and action coordinator. "Return of the Killer Tomatoes" a New World pictures release. Acted and was the stunt and action coordinator. "K-9" a Columbia Picture. Acted as the bodyguard and performed stunts and many more films that followed. Latest role was co-starring as "Rad" in "Black Belt Angels" by Silver Bell Film, Inc.. This film starred his daughter Ka'imipono Kuoha. He was also the fight choreographer and assistant stunt coordinator. He has also appeared on the TV show, "One West Waikiki" as Detective Chang, and ongoing role, which stars Cheryl Ladd.
Sam has done several videos for training and is now doing a dramatization self-defense video for women, for Viscon Distribution Videos. He has produced the first "History of the Chinese Kara-Ho Kempo Karate" System. He has authored several books (now in publications with Multi-Media Inc.) as well as producing other film projects with his partners in Europe. Although the system expands rapidly, it still contains the same criteria and philosophies as when Professor Chow was alive.
Sam spent several years in law enforcement in San Diego but was forced to retire due to a serious auto accident while on duty. He has received numerous commendations, including being nominated for National Police Officer of the Year. This was due to apprehending single-handedly seven rape-assault-burglary suspects, which resulted in the apprehension of all seven suspects. Sam now spends his time authoring several books to include his episodes as a law enforcement officer.
He travels around the world teaching students the positive training of unity of mind and body. He also is involved in many charity organizations. He is involved in his church functions and feels that there is a strong need for spiritual reinforcements. He also trains in Hatha Yoga and is involved in the wellness programs using Eastern Philosophies through magnetic energy.