Innovative Martial Arts sponsored a Maharlika Kuntaw Seminar to cover basic stick work, stick drills, disarms, and knife drills.
Maha Guro Brian "Buzz" Smith was the Seminar instructor and Lakan Guro Paul Vittorelli from the American Maharlika Kuntaw Association was his assistant. People from all over the Michigan area came and shared the comradery and the open house attitude that makes the seminars at Innovative Martial Arts club such a joy to attend. Ranks were left at the door and an informal but concise menu of skills were passed on. Guro Chuck Pippin and Guro Don Young hosted the event and filled the hall with novice and advanced students of TKD, FMA, Indonesian and Chinese practitioners. Sticks and bodies were flying everywhere from 11 am til almost 4 pm.
Guro Chuck and Guro Don were given certificates of recognition for their 5th degree status. They have been sponsoring seminars and workshops for the past 11 years and have opened their door to many to camp out or crash inside the club for these get togethers. The Yearly Gathering of the Tribes has been attended by people from Washington State, California, Utah, Iowa, Michigan,and many other states and from many different members of different styles and systems. This last seminar was the final for this club location as it is closing and moving to a new location.
"I met Brian "Buzz" Smith (2005) about 7 or 8 years ago when he attended one of our Semi Annual Gathering of the Tribes events. He was friendly, outgoing, down to earth, approachable, and an incredibly able Martial Artist. What struck me the most was how willing he was to share his knowledge and experience."
“Soon after meeting him, I asked him if he would consider being a regular part of our event, to which he said he would be happy to participate.” That was almost 8 years ago. Now, I am continuously asked if Buzz will be there and 'what do think he'll show us this time?! 'by our participants prior to the event."
"Rarely have I found a teacher who can bridge the many different families of martial arts out there and show students the common thread/concept/principle as well as Guru Buzz. I have taken more away from an hour with Buzz than in months of classes from some of my previous teachers. I eagerly look forward to anytime I can visit or work out with this quiet, unassuming, martial arts treasure."
Charles Pippin, 5th Dan
Co-Founder of San Yun Do
Co-Founder of Innovative Martial Arts
Co-Founder of "The Gathering Of The Tribes"