Tiger Tam is a martial artist, actor, and dancer born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the age of four, Tiger began studying Kung Fu under Sifu Ben Seng Au in Honolulu, Hawaii, after seeing Ang Lee's 2000 film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Well versed in both open hand (kata), weapons, and sparring, Tiger was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 2012 as Female Black Belt Competitor of the Year. She is currently a second-degree black sash and instructor.
After graduating from Punahou High School in 2016, she pursued higher education at UCLA. There, she auditioned and was accepted to LCC Theatre Company, the largest student-run Asian American theater group in the country (alumni including founder Randall Park and comedian Ali Wong). She completed her degree in three years, time split between UCLA and Université de Bordeaux, in France, where she studied film. Tiger graduated from UCLA summa cum laude in June of 2019 with a B.A. in French and a minor in Film, Television and Digital Media. In the months to follow, Tiger booked a supporting role on two short films, "Dagger Before Me," and "God's Time," an LMU thesis.
Tiger has made instructional videos for Masters Magazine, teaching Choy Lee Fut and Hung Gar Shaolin Kung Fu. She is working on adding Mandarin and Cantonese language to her skills. Outside of performing, Tiger would ideally be found hiking or surfing the waves of Waikīkī. Her dream is to travel to and explore more countries across the globe. She currently resides in Honolulu.
Vol-1 SAM YIN KUEN (Applications from the Three Form Fist set) Hung Gar Kung Fu from Grandmaster Buck Sam Kong. Moves and techniques come from three main animals: Tiger, crane and snake.
Vol-2 FU MEI DARN DAO (Applications and techniques from the Tiger Tail Broadsword) Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu. Applications/techniques of the sword most often used to defend against a staff or spear. Techniques of the sword are designed to develop grace and fluidity with the weapon.
Vol-3 MUI FA SUP SAM CHEUNG (Applications from the Plum Blossom Spear set) An intermediate/advanced weapon set from the Choy Lee Fut system. Incorporates a variety of fighting techniques against another long weapons like the staff or spear.
TRAINING Upright Citizens Brigade - Improv 101 - Los Angeles, California Improv/HAROLD independent group study - UCB-approved coach Colin McGurk - Los Angeles, California LCC Theatre Company, UCLA – Generation 24 — Los Angeles, California UCLA TFT (Theater, Film and Television) — Los Angeles, California – Spring 2017 - Present • Coursework includes: Acting Fundamentals, Screenwriting, History of Documentary, Directing, Cinematography
KUNG FU AWARDS 2019: 5th Annual CSULB Martial Arts Tournament: (Open Hand) Gold Medal 5th Annual CSULB Martial Arts Tournament: (Weapons) Gold Medal 5th Annual CSULB Martial Arts Tournament: (2-Man Form) Gold Medal
2018: San Sei Bu 2nd Annual Kenpo Karate Tournament: (Kata) Gold Medal San Sei Bu 2nd Annual Kenpo Karate Tournament: (Weapons) Silver Medal Hawaii Martial Arts Karate Group 9th Annual Tournament: (Kata) Gold Medal Hawaii Martial Arts Karate Group 9th Annual Tournament: (Weapons) Gold Medal
2012: Junior Female Black Belt Competitor of the Year, World Karate Hall of Fame
Masters Magazine is a digital and print martial arts publication founded in 1993 that features some of the greatest masters in a variety of styles including, Kung Fu, JuJitsu, Karate, and Wing Chun. Each issue includes 1 hour of instructional DVD footage. Instructional DVDs available for purchase at: https://www.ebay.com/usr/tamtiger88