Mr. Peyton Scott Russell
4th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido & Tae Kwon Do
1st Degree Black Belt in Tetsu Shin Ryu Kempo Karate
I began studying the martial arts at an early age with my father Savannah Russell. My dad earned his 1st-degree black belt in TaeKwonDo from Master Jay Hyon (8th-degree black belt) in Minneapolis Minnesota in the early 1970’s and became a professional wrestler for the UWF in the 1980’s. I officially started karate classes in 1980 at 10 years old and since then, I have been active on and off until the end college. Once I graduated from The School of the Arts Institute of Chicago in 1991, I moved back to Minnesota in 1993 and started training full time as a martial artist and Kickboxer at the Bloomington Karate Center.
My first-degree black belt was earned in March 1998 from master Tim Mullin (9th-degree black belt) and Mr. David Saum & CB Bunkholt (both 6th-degree black belts) at the Bloomington Karate Center in Song Moo Kwan Tae Kwon Do. And then in June 2004, I earned my second-degree black belt in Hapkido from the same school. In 2009 i earned my 3rd-degree black belt in Hapkido/Taekwondo. December of 2016 i earned my 4th Dan Black Belt.
In late 2004 I moved to South Carolina to begin professional kickboxing at Upstate Karate Family Martial Arts Center under master Ray Thompson (7th-degree black belt). I became a full-time karate/kickboxing instructor and head of the youth teen programs. In April 2006 I earned a 1st-degree black belt in Tetsu Shin Ryu Kempo Karate under master Ray Thompson. While under Mr. Thompson’s coaching and management I competed in the first season of Chuck Norris’s, World Combat League (WCL) with teams “Houston Enforcers” and the “Philadelphia Fire” 2006-2007.
I moved back to Minnesota in 2007 and currently live in Minneapolis and train at the Bloomington Karate Center in Bloomington, as well as Cellar Kickboxing & Martial Arts in Minneapolis, MN. with Chris Cichon and Justin Whiley. In May 2009 I earned the IKF (International Kickboxing Federation) US National professional kickboxing title in the light heavyweight division. (www.IKFKickboxing.com).
As a martial artist, my goals are to continue learning and help others to grow in awareness of themselves with proper defense and overall well-being.
Jump Round House knee Strike, 2006 Upstate Karate, SC.
Break of 7. 3rd Degree Hapkido Test. 2009
Diving Shoulder Roll, over 8. Tetsu Shin Ryu Kempo 1st Degree Test. 2006
Parental Defense, 3rd Degree Hapkido Test, 2009
Grappling Kempo Style. Thank You, Mr. Jeff Birch! 2006