…..Well yesterday we had a great seminar featuring Brian “‘Buzz” Smith who was also assisted by one of his top guy’s Paul Vitorelli. Brian covered the Kuntaw shield concept utilizing it both with empty hands and also with a igorot style training shield and bolo. Lots of simple principles were used and what is funny is that I can remember Buzz using these same principles wayyyyy back in the day on the tournament scene. So to recap we went through empty hands, empty hands with a dagger, some stick work and shield and sword work of Maharlika Kuntaw. The shield in Kuntaw is very alive and dynamic whether you are using a shield or using your hand. It is use in a manner to confuse, crash in, redirect, etc. Very cool stuff!
Enjoy the following pictures and I hope to have some video up on Monday morning!
See You On The Mats!
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