Background and Qualifications
Russell McCartney began in the martial arts thirty-five years ago
in karate and has grown to be the Chief Instructor of his own System
of affiliate schools of swordsmanship throughout the U.S. Over this
time he has studied under masters of the martial arts profession
in karate, Wing Chun and Tai Chi Kung Fu styles, Aikido, finally
settling into swordsmanship as his passion of the past 25 years.
This gradual immersion into the sword arts set him on a path that
would eventually lead him to world champion status in this art form.
The process he has developed is a teaching and training practice
with technique that is a complete and effective methodology suitable
for children and adults. As a uniquely American expression of Asian
sword style its psychology is based in human virtue and self-improvement.
Using these unique techniques of Ishi Yama Ryu, he shattered the
previous record World Record by 5 cuts and a full 25 minutes all
without a single missed attempt. By the finish, the record had been
pushed to a total of 1181 cuts, 181 cuts beyond the old record,
still eleven minutes thirty-six seconds under the previous time,
all without a single missed attempt from a kata based approach.
This new Guinness world record of eleven hundred eighty-one consecutive
cuts without a single missed swing is a phenomenal testament to
the validity of the technique and a profound statement to the resolve
of the human spirit.
Highlights over twenty five years of service to the martial arts
and personal development:
Returned to Seattle teaching swordsmanship, Aikido, and Jo
Celebration of swordsmanship Tournament Seattle
Taught extension classes at UW Experimental College, Seattle Central,
Seattle South, and Discover - U in Seattle WA.
Member of Seattle King County Lecture and Seminar series presenting
‘Kids at Risk’ programs for all grades of public and
Opened the ‘Pacific Center for Cultural Arts’ a multicultural
facility as a forum for maintaining and practicing traditionally
Voted ‘Best in the West’ at the annual teachers conference
Achieved 2nd Place at the ‘World Target Cutting Championships’
in Tague Korea among 23 member team from US, Canada, and Japan
Organized promoted and presented the ‘First North American
Tournament of Swordsmanship’. The first time multiple sword
styles gathered in North America for challenge type activity, where
seven different styles ranging from Iaido to tameshigiri styles,
both American, Gendai and Traditional Koryu styles.
On April 22, McCartney sensei shattered the existing Guinness Book
World Record formerly held by a Japanese sword Master of target
cutting. This new ‘Senbongiri Challenge’ record set
a new and still unchallenged record for target cutting of:
1st) New Record at 1005 consecutive cuts without a single missed
attempt in one hour ten minutes, 36 minutes under the previous record
from kata based effort.
2nd) Pushed the record up to a total of 1181 consecutive cuts without
a single missed attempt, still eleven minutes thirty-six seconds
below the previous record time for the former champion.
Presented as ‘Target test cutting’ (cutting in the
flow of movement to multiple directions to multiple targets) this
effort set a new benchmark for this form of swordsmanship. As a
benefit fundraiser for Muscular dystrophy, it was viewed by nearly
500 spectators at the Seattle Cherry Blossom festival held in the
‘Centerhouse’ building at Seattle Center. (see link
for World Record)
*future challenge acceptance candidates see:
Senbongiri Challenge rules
Legends, Masters, and Pioneers Hall of Fame in R.I.
United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame ‘Founder of the Year’
Formed the United States Sword Federation, still the only nonpartisan
and non-style specific sword tournament sanctioning body in the
Second induction United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as
‘Instructor of the Year’
Third induction and featured demonstration at the banquette and
induction ceremony United States ‘Martial Arts Hall of Fame’
Formal codification of the IYRB Shin Koryu Certified Instructors
Training program detailing the ‘true formula’ of the
IYRB methodology in this nine book set of instructional manuals.
Presented the ‘Spring Wind Tournament of Swordsmanship’
Fourth Induction United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame and
Presented with one of three Lifetime memberships to the International
Martial Arts Councils’ Grandmasters council.
‘USSF’ U.S. Regional Tournament
Appeared in Black Belt magazine
Written articles for various magazines and international publications.
Numerous public appearances, instructor trainings, and seminars
as well as public speaking engagements.
Appeared in the January 2005 issue of Life magazine as one of the
top fifty Guinness Book World Record Holders at the Guinness Book
50 year Anniversary celebration in Manhattan New York held in August
Sponsored the ‘U.S. National Tournament of Swordsmanship
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