HISTORY


Daniel Kalimaahaae Pai was born in Kameula, Oahu, Hawaii on April 04, 1930. Daniel's father was Joseph B. Pai Sr., born January 11, 1885. US census records indicate that Joseph was Hawaiian. Mary K. Po, Daniel's mother, was born about 1896 and is enumerated as being part Hawaiian and part Asian based on the US census report.

In a 1970's Pai Lum manual (Christopher Casey period working with Daniel Pai) it states that at the age of twelve (~1942), that Daniel's grandfather, "Pai Po Fong" had Daniel sent to the White Lotus Monastery, Byakurenji, on the north coast of Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, to study Kobayashi-ryu karate-do. This is improbable since World War II had just begun with Japan and Daniel Pai was living with his family when the Pearl Harbor attack occurred December 07, 1941. This story was probably invented to protect the sources of martial arts back then that were teaching to the non-Chinese, non-Japanese and non-Hawaiian it is reported.

Daniel Pai was said to be a student of "Henry" Seishiro Okazaki in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, who taught the non-Japanese and got in trouble with his homeland. Okazaki created Danzan ryu jujitsu and was the founder of the American Jujitsu Institute. Also, Richard Takamoto, a relative by marriage to Okazaki reportedly taught Daniel Pai Okinawan Kempo, and issued Daniel Pai an 8th higher level paper in the early 1970's.

Pai Po Fong, the "grandfather" is a fusion of Daniel Pai's father's surname, mother's surname and his "Uncle" Hiram Fong's surname, the late US Senator from Hawaii.

After the end of World War II, Daniel and his stepfather Herman Kane went to the "Big Island" Hawaii, near Hilo to work at the Parker Ranch. His "cousin" Ed Parker was part of that family ranch. Daniel and his father-in-law herded cattle like cowboys of the "Old West" it is stated from stories.

In late 1951, Daniel joined the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War during 1952 and 1953 according to his DD-214. He reenlisted in 1953, he spoke of being in Vietnam in 1954 and retired from active duty in December 1955. In May 1962 he was given an honorable discharge after finishing his time in the U.S. Army Reserve. Medals that he was awarded include 4 Bronze Stars, Korean Service Medal, U.N. Service Medal, and the National Defense Medal. Daniel told of numerous experiences from Korea and Vietnam, as well as other places in the world where he found himself.

June 20, 1960 was his graduation date from the Chicago Medical College, Calcutta, India in Homeopathic Medicine which led to his being called Dr. Pai.

The early 1960s found Daniel working at 20th Century Fox as a stuntman. Some of the movies he performed stunt work in include Blue Hawaii and Girls! Girls! Girls! with Elvis Presley and in The House of Bamboo and Rampage with Robert Mitchum. He also appeared in a few episodes of the television series "Hawaiian Eye".

Master Pai's fighting style was developed from years of training in Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian and Okinawan martial arts to produce an amalgamation of these different movements. It was told that he studied at Mas Oyama's Kyokushinkai karate dojo during the 1960s and was known as a "strong fighter" from Hawaii. Daniel Pai spoke of "the Cat" Gogen Yamaguchi, the Goju Ryu instructor as a teacher.

In addition to being the director of the Pai Lum Association during these early years, he served as chief instructor for both the United States Karate Association (U.S.K.A.) and the Canadian Fire Dragon Association while also serving on the board of directors for the East Coast Karate Federation.

This era peaked with more than fifty Pai Lum and Fire Dragon schools operating in North America. These students are known as the "old school" lineage. Master Pai was living in Hartford, Connecticut until 1976 when he decided to move to Florida where he resided for the next seventeen years. Some of his first students who were trained in mostly Kempo styles stayed close to Master Pai during these following years as he developed new students whom he trained in Kung Fu and Tai Chi movements over the next two decades to come. White Dragon became the common reference of Grandmaster Pai's martial arts system.

The U.S. White Dragon Martial Arts Society was formed and produced a team that on July 4, 1976 was awarded a Certificate of Merit for superb achievement during the Kuoshu demonstrations held in Taipei, the Republic of China, by Tsai Hung-Wen, President of the Kuoshu Federation. His team participation in the 2nd World Chinese Kuoshu Tournament in 1978 at Taipei led to Grandmaster Pai being appointed "Delegate at Large" for the Chinese Kuoshu Worldwide Promotion Association. The 3rd World Chinese Kuoshu Tournament was organized by Daniel K. Pai and was held in Hawaii in 1980.

During 1983, his team participated in the 4th World Chinese Kuoshu Tournament in Taipei, Taiwan. On November 10 he was elected as Vice President of the 2nd Executive Board, Chinese Kuoshu Worldwide Promotion Association (CKWPA).

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) appointed Grandmaster Pai as Delegate at Large to the National AAU Kung-Fu Committee and the International Kung-Fu Association (IKFA) representing the Florida State Region in April 1984. This announcement was made by Master Donald Buck, Chairman of IKFA and the National AAU Committee.

The summer of 1989 saw his organizing the 6th World Chinese Kuoshu Federation tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the last event he personally oversaw as his tenure as President of the United States Chinese Kuoshu federation branch came to an end by the following year.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Daniel Pai worked in association to the commercial seafood industry in the southeastern United States with several of his senior Florida students.

Every year he kept busy teaching martial arts clinics in his affiliate schools across several states. He also taught regular classes in Florida locations every week right up to the last days of his life.

In late 1992, he sought to organize all his Pai Lum schools with several associated systems under an umbrella organization called World White Dragon Society. This process was still underway when he passed on. During these final months he finished two new manuals and four video tapes for instructional use.

On May 28, 1993, while in the Dominican Republic, Grandmaster Daniel K. Pai passed on from this life and was laid to rest with full military honors, at the Hawaiian National Cemetery.

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