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The Tiger Institute was founded in 1984 by Master Shirley Russell. Master Russell was a pioneer for females in the martial arts in the 1970's and 80's, when it was uncommon for women to excel or achieve high rank. Best known to her students and TI family by her preferred instructor title, Sabaunim, she was revered and loved by hundreds of her students, as well as much of the New England martial arts community. In her career as a martial artist, she reached the level of 5th Degree Black Belt. Sabaunim Russell was not only inspirational as an Instructor, but also as a woman who bravely battled cancer for several years. Sadly, Sabaunim lost her battle on August 28th, 2008, but she will never be forgotten.
The Tiger Institute is now owned and operated by Kyosanim Amy Amirault, a 3rd Degree Black Belt, who began as a student here in 1987.