Russell T Mackler is the 2nd generation inheritor of the Viñas Arnis System from Grandmaster Nonong Viñas the son of the late founder Grandmaster Jose Viñas. Russell is a Master instructor in the Viñas Arnis System with a long background in martial arts starting at the age of 14 with a focus on bladed arts for the past 18+ years. Russell is the founder of the International Viñas Arnis System organization and is currently writing a comprehensive book on the Viñas Arnis System. Russell has a school in Phoenix AZ with students of all ages and experience levels. Russell has taken a great interest in HEMA and is affiliated with the Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship and Loyal Order of the Sword. Russell is also a co-founder, along with Agisulo Michael Butz and Instructor Jay Sowell of the Arizona Filipino Martial Arts Association (AFA) with a focus on promulgating Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) for the betterment of the community. The AFA works to help the community become better FMA practitioners and instructors through community outreach, seminar and workshop event hosting, and encouraging mutual respect for all bladed arts.