Brian Allen Wiehahn was born on the 24th of September 1951. He was the founder of Kenpo Karate In South Africa in the 1970’s. Sensei Brian was associated with JAY T WILL (Started with Ed Parker in 1965)of the UNITED KENPO KARATE ASSOCIATION UKKA) in the 1970’s. In the late 1970’s Sensei Brian then associated TAMA with Ed parker and the IKKA. In 1995 Sensei Brian aligned TAMA with Chuck Sullivan and Vice Le Roux’s IKCA (Chinese Kenpo) until Sensei Brian Wiehahn’s un timely passing in 1997.
he ‘s training took place at Saint Michaels in Plumstead and the Woodstock Community centre. Sensei Brian later moved training to MOWBRAY. Training also took place in Mitchell’s Plain, Atlantis, Athlone, Grassy Park, Rondebosch East, Milnerton among other areas.
Sensei Brian was a founder member of the KARATE ASSOCIATION OF THE WESTERN CAPE (KAWP) and was also an inaugural member of the KUNGU FEDERATION OF THE WESTERN CAPE in 1996. Sensei Brain travelled to the USA, UK, Germany among other countries in his karate ventures. He also started TIGER SECURITY that offered various security services in high crime areas and employed many senior graded Kenpo instructors within TIGER SECURITY. Sensei Brain was very involved in community projects and anti drug campaigns. He had a very good relationship with the security forces and trained many of them.
Sensei Brian passed form this earth on the 7th of APRIL 1997 at the age of 45. He was the founder and head of Kenpo Karate in RSA at the time under TAMA and a 6th degree black belt.
TIGER ACADEMY OF MARTIAL ARTS (TAMA)-KENPO KARATE was started in South Africa by the late MASTER Brian WIEHAHN in the 1970’s. MASTER WIEHAHN was well known for his traditional hard style of Kenpo training. Students were trained to the highest standards and kept the name of KENPO karate high.
MASTER WIEHAHN had established dojo’s in many areas throughout the Western Cape. Many of TAMA’s students excelled not only in various tournaments from Western Province to National level, but also in tournaments abroad.
Master Brian Wiehahn passed away tragically in APRIL 1997. His memory and legacy lives on in TAMA and more other kenpo clubs today and will forever more.