BRUCE C. SMITH - AKKI - Senior Professor of the Arts
Owner and Head Instructor - Mr. Bruce C. Smith - 8th Degree Black Belt - AKKI American Kenpo
Mr. Smith has been training in the art of American Kenpo Karate since 1974 (38 yrs). He started his
journey into American Kenpo in Tempe, Arizona. In 1978, SGM Ed Parker promoted Mr. Smith to 1st
Degree Black Belt. Mr. Smith owned schools in Mesa, Arizona and worked as a Professional
Celebrity Bodyguard in both Arizona and Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Smith was also the director of Security
for Celebrity Theatre in Phx, and worked in all aspects of the Security field, along with being the
head of security and executive protection specialist for different Limousine Companies. Having
bodyguarded such notables as Lionel Ritchie, BB King, George Carlin, George Michael, Rodney
Dangerfield, Tom Jones, The Jets, Def leperd, Scorpions and many more. Mr. Smith moved back to
the Salisbury area in 1988, where he worked as a Folk Art Wood Carver with a friend in a company
called Noah's Ark. In 1989, Mr. Smith started teaching the art of Ed Parker's American Kenpo Karate
at the Wicomico Cty YMCA in Salisbury. In 1990, he had the opportunity to open his first full time
studio in the area on Rt 13. In Dec. of 1990, Salisbury Kenpo Karate was born. After 2 years, Mr.
Smith moved the studio to it's present location at the College Avenue Shoppes at 720 E. College
Ave., in Salisbury, Maryland.
After the tragic and untimely death of SGM Edmund K. Parker in 1990, Mr. Smith stayed with the IKKA
for several more years. Mr. Smith had been in the IKKA for almost 20 years. When Jeff Speakman
formed his AKKS association, Mr. Smith joined and became the AKKS Maryland State Representative
for Mr. Speakman, and was the first to bring Jeff Speakman to the Salisbury area for several
seminars. Mr. Smith earned both his 1st Degree & 2nd Degree Black in the IKKA, his 3rd Degree
Black Belt in the AKKS, and more recently his 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Degrees in the AKKI, under the
direct instruction and tutelage of Sr.Master Paul Mills, 10th Degree Black Belt. .
Mr. Smith, met Paul Mills at the IKC (International Karate Championships) in 1993, while attending one
of his now famous seminars. Mr. Smith also attended a few more of Mr. Mills' seminars. When Mr.
Mills left the IKKA and formed the AKKI Association, Mr. Smith talked with Mr. Mills and found that he
had a vision of the future of American Kenpo that was both intriguing and innovative. He could see
that Mr. Mills was going to take Kenpo past that next level, where Mr. Parker would have gone with it,
had he lived. Without hesitation, and with acceptance from Mr. Mills, Mr. Smith became a member.
Upon joining the AKKI, Mr. Mills became Mr. Smith's personal instructor and also made him the AKKI
Mid- Atlantic Regional Representative for Maryland and Virginia. (Recently adding North & South
Carolina and Tennessee to his areas of representation) In 2002, Mr. Smith earned his 5th Degree
Black Belt under Master Paul Mills at a test in the Las Vegas International Camp. This honor makes
Mr. Smith a member of the Board of Directors of the AKKI and also upon reaching the rank of 7th
Degree Black Belt in 2008, Mr. Smith, became the Highest Ranking Male AKKI Black Belt on the East
Coast of the U.S., also the highest ranking American Kenpo black belt on the Eastern Shore of
Mr. Smith has trained many people, not only in Arizona, but in the local Salisbury Area over the years
and continues to do so with intensity and integrity. Mr. Smith also does seminars around the East
Coast and the World. Mr. Smith's love of the art of AKKI American Kenpo meets no boundaries. Mr.
Smith has promoted several students to the rank of Black Belt and now has other students
throughout Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Costa Rica & elsewhere. Mr. Smith is available to do
seminars both nationally and internationally and may be contacted at 443-366-6277.
Bruce Smith is also the founder and President of the World Organization of Martial Arts Athletes and
the Head of TEAM AMERICA, the United States Premiere International Martial Arts Competition Team.
W.O.M.A.A. promotes an International Competition (the WOMAA World Martial Games) in a different
country every year, with over 44 members countries vying to compete. Team America is the U.S.
team that competes in the World Martial Games each year and is made up of all styles, all systems,
all ages and all belt ranks from around the country.