A Samoan Australian Pugilist, a junior world champion, for 2011.

Samoan cultural tradition in the sport of pugilism seems to have become cemented within Australian sporting culture with young 16 year old Jai Opetaia, demonstrating a genetic pedigree from his Samoan heritage which has become most evident in late July, 2011, Junior world championship, in Kazakhstan.

As a sixteen year old, young master Jai Opetaia, has given himself a great psychological boost in his Olympic dreams if not in London, but, certainly for the Rio De Janiero Olympic games in 2016.

On the flipside, a bucket list pugilist such as I, at a tender age of 43, I have vowed to enter the boxing ring within Queensland to do some long awaited venting.

Pugilism is something in which most, if not all, Samoan young lads have had an occssion to have experienced in their youth either at village level, or in the rough and tumble working class suburbia, within New Zealand, United States, or Australia.

It seems genetically predetermined as much as rugby union and rugby league is considered as the divinely inspired contact sport for many Toa Samoans, Tongans, Maori etc. However, as a Samoan, it behoves all other enthused and eager Pugilist in the making within the humble villages and or the heckling Suburbs to feel inspired, compelled, and impelled, to take up the challenge and to become a modernday warrior.

In 2012, the year of the Olympics, many young aspirant eyes will be hoping upon hope to become an Olympian and to pursue glory in London, or,  if not, then in Rio De Janiero within the foreseeale future.

From a Samoan perspective, the year 2012, will mark the 50th year of Samoan independence from the imperial military occupation and colonial rule from New Zealand in 1962.

Moreover, the diaspora of many Samoans throughout the globe will be a time of cultural reflection and a self  appraisal and assessment of our achievements and self development  and particularly as a unique global cultural identity. We have become citizens of the world within our respective nations and have only our ethnicity to bind our race as an expression of our particularity to the world.

2012, is a year to be proud of being a Samoan no matter where you live and who the master you serve.

Fa’afetai lava.

Tim Tufuga
Brisbane, Australia

15th January, 2012


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  1. #1 by Dan on March 20, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    You should not be venting in the boxing ring, Tim. You will not be psychologically at an advantage if your mind lies elsewhere. Please consider your what might happen before you enter the ring. If you do, however, enter the ring, I would like to challenge you to a duel. Do you accept my challenge?

    – Dan.

    • #2 by timbtufuga on March 21, 2012 - 1:40 am


      • #3 by Dan on March 21, 2012 - 7:51 am

        Tell me when you would like to commence this duel. I need to carbo-load days in advance plus I need to prepare psychologically for how I will deal with critically injuring my opponent. Do you condone the use of fly kicks in your battles? I have a black belt in karate. you have been warned.

      • #4 by timbtufuga on March 21, 2012 - 10:34 am

        I am a masters division boxer training for the Australian Masters games, in September, I dont mind using you as a punching bag. I train at the Logan City boxing gym at http://www.thebasementboxing.com/ Youre more then welcome to come in for a sparring session.

      • #5 by Dan on March 21, 2012 - 12:30 pm

        As you are a “master” I do worry that you won’t have enough stamina to keep up with my intense athletic capabilities. I move fast, I am agile, and I strike very hard with powerful judo chops to the back of the neck. Is your body up for the challenge?

        I will not meet you at Logan. It is QLD’s capital for knives and drugs, and I do not condone either of those items. If you so choose to duel with me, we must arrange for a Brisbane location.

      • #6 by timbtufuga on March 22, 2012 - 10:55 am

        Are you seriously an immature child? I am a Councillor of the Australian Republican Movement. My concern is for the transition of the Constitutional monarchy of Australia to a Republic and youre concerned about knives and drugs? When did you fall from the last shower? http://www.republic.org.au/
        The Chairman of our organisation is Maj General Mike Keating an Officer of the order of Australia, now retired from the 4th RAR infantry regiment (Now the 1st and 2nd Infantry Commando Regiment in Holsworthy Barracks) Our National Director is Mr. David Morris. Since I am a Queenslander our Convenor is Dr Glenn Davies with Betty Smout as our Deputy Convenor, I am a Councillor of the Queensland Branch of ARM. Why would I be concerned about knives and drugs when we’re trying to remove a foreigner as our head of state and to replace the monarchy with an Australian citizen. How childish and immature are you then?

  2. #7 by timbtufuga on March 22, 2012 - 10:30 am

    Ok thats enough, youre an idiot and a waste of my time. You have no reason to harrass me instead you sound like an immature child. When did I give you any suggestion that I wanted to fight anyone. Are you a moron? I am the councillor of the Australian republican movement my interest is to promulgate the republic of Australia. http://www.republic.org.au/ In my organisation there are thousands of members, which include public servants, military, ordinary Australians, and political representatives. The Chairman of our movement is Major General Mike Keating AO a retired commander of the 4th Royal Australian Regiment Infantry commando regiment. They are now divided into the 1st and 2nd Commando regiments within the Australian Army. The National Chairman of ARM is Mr. David Morris, I am within the Queensland Branch of the Australian movement whose Convenor is Dr Glenn Davies and Deputy Convenor is Ms. Betty Smout, and I am some half dozen Councillors of a very fundamentally important political movement within Australian history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Republican_Movement Now, are you sure you know exactly what you are wanting to do with wanting to fight me? Why are you so obtuse and very childlike? I will end this conversation and I hope that you will focus your attention on someone else. Good bye Dan.

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