Russell Kelley, Sensei
Sandan 3rd degree black belt in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu
Sandan 3rd degree black belt in Shorin Ryu Karate
Russell, a Long Beach native, had a long-time interest in the martial arts always visiting local Martial Arts schools to watch their classes. After contemplation and with some persistency, he convinced his parents to allow him to train. Together they performed a detailed search of the local area and found Lakewood Budo Kai, where he began Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in April of 1986. It was a family affair introduction to Jujitsu, where his brother and sister were also participants! Eventually, since Lakewood Budo Kai emphasized dual training, he decided to begin Shorin Ryu Karate training as well. He has had the honor, early in his martial arts career, to travel to Tucson, AZ for introductory and advanced training classes from both Dai Shihan Joe Holck and Professor Carl Beaver, two very high-ranking individuals under the Kodenkan Yudanshakai and Shoshin Ryu organizational umbrellas. After leaving to serve time on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, he returned to Long Beach and Lakewood Budo Kai, bringing with him the leadership traits and principles he retained from the Marines, along with his strong personal drive, positivity, determination and dedication. He believes that everyone with the ambition can learn martial arts and excel in them; His overall Motto is: "A black belt is just a white belt that never quit!"