Shidoshi: I’ve done some research and through this research I believe that along with being labeled “The Mother of SWAM,” you should also be referred to as “One of the Deadliest Women on this Planet.” How do you feel about that?
Russell: Wow, one of the deadliest women, damn, I would prefer to be known as a healer, mentor, leader, and if you’re within my inner circle, a hell of a good friend. Basically not someone that ignites violence and viciousness but peace and harmony. I do believe that it is my job as a martial arts instructor for over 35 years and a student for over 40 years that I should build others’ confidence so that they develop the sheepdog mentality. A sheepdog is just like a sheep when relating to a category of people who are a positive contribution to society, the difference is a sheepdog addresses violence with violence.
Now addressing violence with violence is due to the inability to avoid being attacked. Nonetheless, if the self-defense is legitimate, than maybe you need to take one or two souvenirs (eyeballs or testicles), only kidding. My primary focus and responsibility is to assist in building my students’ mindsets for preparation to prevent panic against extreme situations that will require legitimate defense. My students will learn the basics of kicking, punching, locks, pressure points, elbows and knee strikes, however, their primary defensive skills will be from open hand fighting: ripping, tearing, and puncturing.
Psychological tools are also enhanced to control fear while awakening their warrior spirit. This also conditions them to reduce intimidation so they don’t become overwhelmed by someone’s size, body odor or bad breath (preparation for close quarter attacks). Elevating self-confidence pulls my students off the predators’ radars as their victimized demeanors are diminished. Most attackers are not interested in attacking someone that will give them a good fight where the attacker can get hurt.
As a result, my teaching heavily focuses on attack defense, developing muscle memory to instantly execute shocks and debilitating strikes. From my teaching methods, I understand how others can categorize me as deadly, however, this method of teaching is to prevent violence. I actually see myself as a peaceful warrior…
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