Limalama is considered a soft martial art, and is characterised by flowing, dance-like movements. Around 60% of its curriculum is based on hand techniques. It also uses holds and
takedowns, knife and stick fighting, and kicking.
Limalama classifies techniques into thirteen categories:
• Afikau, dance traditions
• Amofoe, balance and weight manipulation
• Fa’aelise, physical movement and co-ordination