Sammy Smith

Black Belt presents LIVE training with Sammy Smith. Join us in her CMX seminar Secrets to Open Forms Innovation.

Sammy Smith may be young, but don't let that fool you into thinking she doesn't have word class skills & technique as a martial artist. Sammy is an ISKA World Champion who has been on the tournament scene for years as a member of Team Paul Michelle.


Sammy is now a 3rd degree black belt with over 33 NASKA world championship titles under her belt. Black Belt is fortunate to have her leading us in open forms innovation during our live training event. While young, her skills and technique are at the level that all ages can learn from and takes notes on.

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