Johnny Russell

Johnny Russell

Executive Director at Gospel Martial Arts Union

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Staff - Indiana University

Executive Director - IUPUI

Full Contact Fighting Director - the United States Karate Association


Pankration Master

doctorate - Higher Education , 


Board Member - K.I.D.S. Inc

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Executive Director: Johnny Russell
Dr. Russell serves as the Executive Director of both the GMAU International and the Indiana GMAU Academies. He began his martial arts training in 1974 and holds earned black belts in seven traditional martial arts styles and the rank of Renshi in Okinawan weapons. Grandmaster John Pachivas promoted Dr. Russell to 6th degree black belt in 1999 in Okinawan Shuri Ryu Karate and Pachivas Pankration. In 2002, Hanshi George Brich, Kyoshi Gordon Garland, and Soke Kent Haralson presented Dr. Russell with the positional rank of 7th degree black belt and the title of Kyoshi.

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Dr. J.R. Russell
Dr. J.R. Russell is the Director of the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Early College Entrance programs. Russell has earned seven academic degrees, including a doctorate in Higher Education, and two honorary doctorates. Dr. Russell continues his postdoctoral research at Indiana University in higher education as it relates to highly gifted adolescents. An accomplished scholar, Russell has published academic works on subjects such as: Ancient religious practices with special emphasis upon the Hebrew Bible; Near Eastern cultures, languages and religion; religious literature as it relates to ethnic identity; and social world formation and maintenance. Dr. Russell is the Executive Director and President of the Gospel Martial Arts Union with membership in 48 states and 26 foreign countries.

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