Michelle Manu – Dancer, Martial Artist, Weapons Specialist, Athlete, Empowerment Speaker, Teacher, Fight Actress and Choreographer.
Michelle is internationally known for her accomplishments as a Senior Black Belt and teacher (Kumu) of the rarely seen ancient Hawaiian Combat Art, the Lua (Kaihewalu lineage). She is the only high-ranking female teacher of this art at this time. Michelle is also the only woman to be given, thus far, the designation of “Knight Commander” of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, for her continued work in promoting, protecting, and perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through the Lua.
Martial Arts History Museum – 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee
Masters Hall of Fame – 2006 Inductee
Argentina Martial Arts Hall of Fame – 2017 Inductee
Kenpo International Association – 2017 Woman of the Year & Inductee
Munich Hall of Honour – 2017 Celebrity Guest
For almost 10 years, Michelle toured the Midwest as a professional Polynesian Hula dancer and choreographer. She still uses the Hula dance to teach Lua as it is essential for timing, balance, placement, and micro body movements when in close-quarters combat. This is what she teaches at UCLA Martial Arts and in her system, Na Koa (The Warriors).
Michelle has been featured in magazines such as: Hawaiian Airlines Hana Hou!, Inside Kung Fu, Sports Illustrated, Martial Arts Masters Magazine, Seni Beladiri (Malaysia), Tae Kwon Do Times (Korea), USAdojo.com, KenpoGirl, Herstory, Martial Arts Illustrated UK, Warrior Magazin (Germany), Black Belt Magazine, Martial Journal, Immersion Labs, and El Camino The Way (Spain). Later this year, she looks forward to being a star guest at the Suisse Hall of Honour in Zurich, Switzerland. Michelle also has the opportunity to work regularly in the industry in shows, films, podcasts, and live television.
Michelle has been a legal professional for twenty-six years. She has earned a Juris Doctorate, business credentials from George Washington University, senior leadership credentials from Harvard Business School, a Master’s Degree in Metaphysical Science, and is a 2022 candidate for a PhD in Philosophy/Metaphysical Science with an emphasis in personal transformation.
52 Masters interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2W9IgvO71s