September 29th 2017Smash Syndicate got a chance to catch up with Professor Russ “Silverback” Edwards (professional record of 3-0) and talk some Smash. True to form, Russ didn’t hold back. Here is what he had to say.That “Smash Player” T-Shirt looks good on you Russ, totally represents your game perfectly! Thanks for the opportunity to catch up. How did you gravitate to Jiu Jitsu, MMA, fighting in general. “I came up fighting a lot. It got me in a lot of trouble, and I was sent to a boys camp because of fighting and some other stuff that I was involved in.” That explains the fighters spirit inside of you, and a lot about the way you are straight up with everyone.
I’ve seen how hard and how persistent you train. You embrace your size and you use it as an attribute, a quality of your technique- what are your thoughts on being a pressure player? “Pressure makes people do things that they don’t want to do, or wouldn’t normally do. In life, in the cage, and on the mats. My philosophy on Jiu Jitsu is simple, use the attributes you have. If your big and strong, use that. Don’t let anyone push “technique” on you. The technique will develop over time.”
“My philosophy on life is do what makes you happy. Work less. Live more. Be happy. Train Hard.”
It’s nice that you say that because for the longest time, there seems to be this idea that using pressure, or smashing someone is wrong. It’s almost like it’s not considered Jiu Jitsu- like it’s unfair or dirty and we should be ashamed of ourselves for going hard, for smashing. “For sure, instructors don’t tell the flexible people to be less flexible do they? No, so- if your a big dude you should be smashing people every opportunity you get.”
Smash on! Any last words of advise for us Russ? “My philosophy on training is train hard. Train in positions your not good at and stay consistent. My philosophy on life is do what makes you happy. Work less. Live more. Be happy.
Thanks for sitting down with us Russ, you are a Cappo in the Smash Syndicate!