Article writrten on Tommy "BEE" BOTTONE SEMINAR !
Written By Don Burns:
An abundance of information--this is the only way I can adequately sum up World Kickboxing Champion
Tommy “Bee” Bottone’s seminar at Mountain Storm, in Charlotte, N.Y., on July 14, 2001.
Having a martial arts background, I have attended, participated, and held
many martial arts and self-defense seminars. Tommy’s was different. While other seminars focus on self-defense, kickboxing,
or ground fighting, Tommy’s incorporated all three. At first, the thought of a four-hour seminar seemed daunting, but
Tommy’s charisma, obvious experience, and especially his love for this art kept me wanting more (as any good public
speaker can do).
What impressed me most was Tommy’s preparation. Although he prepared
for the seminar, Tommy took the time to watch the fighters at Mountain Storm so he could tailor his lesson to their specific
needs. So, while he displayed proper technique and angles, Tommy also brought to light the strengths and weaknesses of the
individual fighters in an effort to help them adjust their own styles.
As for the grappling segment of the seminar, to say I was impressed would
be an understatement. Tommy performed each escape, take down, and submission hold without flaw, taking time to show the counter
for the respective move. Each of Tommy’s movements was performed effortlessly and fluidly, clearly revealing his mastery
of the art.
Tommy’s visit to Mountain Storm was action filled. He didn’t
pause once or reflectively stop to think of what would come next. In fact, Tommy continually stated, “You want more?
I always have more!”