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Meet the Master

    Master Russell Maness, 6th Dan, a native of Jacksonville, TX, started training martial arts when he was in middle school. Master Maness studied arts that include Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Karate, and Kung Fu. Master Maness started training with Mr. Gay and was eventually promoted to 3rd Dan.
     On October 28th, 1998, Master Maness Founded Nacogdoches Blackbelt Academy along with Mr. Perryman. Mr. Perryman was unable to continue training due to work. At that point, Master Maness took over the school. In March 2009, Master Maness was promoted to 5th Dan Master Instructor, and was promoted in 2017 to 6th Dan. Master Maness is set to test for his 7th Dan in 2023.
    Along with his martial arts career, Mr. Maness worked in the diagnostic medicine field for over 20 years at Nacogdoches Medical Center, eventually becoming a director. After retirement from NMC, he pursued his martial arts career.
    Mr. Maness is happily married to his wife, who is a blackbelt, and has 3 children, all of which became blackbelts. He enjoys fishing as well.