“Tura Thursday” is a regular series celebrating the legacy of the late, great Tura Satana, best known as Varla in the 1965 Russ Meyer cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. This series is curated by Tura’s longtime manager, friend, confidant and CEO of Tura Satana Productions, Siouxzan Perry.
This week we are beyond excited to announce that there are now three generations of kick-ass black belt Satana women: Tura’s youngest daughter, Jade Quinlan, has just received her black belt (dan 1) in the Korean martial art Taekwon Do or 태권도 (Translated literally “Tae” stands for jumping of flying, to kick with the foot. “Kwon” denotes the fist-chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. “Do” means an art or way-the right way built and paved by the saints and sages in the past.)
As a young girl, Tura was taught martial arts by her father for fun. However, he stepped up her instruction after she suffered brutal sexual and racial abuse as a young girl. In true Tura style, she turned this negative childhood experience into something great and passionate. She studied Aikido in Hawaii and gained a 2nd Dan Black Belt. It is not surprising that her daughter, Jade and grand-daughter Sharla took her lead when it came to survival, self-protection and improvement through martial arts.
Unfortunately, Jade’s interest in martial arts also started through a negative, abusive experience…but we all know what happens in this family of superwomen when someone messes with them!
Jade has proven she doesn’t beat clocks either and stresses the importance of self-protection, awareness and improvement all round.
What inspired you to get into martial arts in the first place?
Jade: I studied TKD in high school after I was sexually assaulted. But, I was forced to quit because I was paying for lessons myself, working two jobs and trying to finish high school. When Sharla was in first grade she came home from school very excited. Our instructor had come to her school and did a demonstration. He gave all the kids a flyer for a week of free lessons. She begged me to let her go, so we went. I asked if it was just for kids and he said no they had adult classes too. He even gave us family discounts. I have been with him ever since. I love the energy of TKD. I also dabble in Tai Chi and Jeet Kune Do.
How long have you been practicing?
I have been training continuously since 2004 in Reno at the Dallyon Martial Arts & Fitness with our amazing trainer, Ashley Parr.
How has Tae Kwon Do changed your life?
It’s hard to explain how it has changed my life since the changes are subtle. I walk differently and have a different air about me, if that makes sense. I am more aware of my surroundings and of myself.
How does practicing TKD influence your daily life?
I find myself thinking more of training and improving day by day and kind let the small stuff go.
Your daughter Sharla received her internationally recognized 2nd degree black belt in 2013. Does she have plans to continue her practice of Martial arts (TKD) in the future?
Sharla was the youngest student at the academy to get her first degree black belt in 2009, when she was just 11. She is now in the military and wants to continue her martial arts studies but right now she doesn’t have a studio close to her base. She plans get her third Dan as soon as she has the opportunity.
We know your mom, Tura, would have been your biggest supporter of your achievement but what do you think her message would be to women and young girls today?
Mom would have encouraged woman and young girls to study any form of self-defense that interests them. She would also stress the importance of being aware of their surroundings and trusting their instincts. If something feels off, it probably is.
Would your own message be to encourage self-empowerment in young girls and women today?
My message would be that whatever your past, your age, or social status, you can always change and improve if it is what you truly want. There is no force on earth stronger than a determined woman! Set your mind and nothing can stop you!
Jade’s final test of endurance
…and of course we cannot close before giving a huge shout out to Jade and Sharla’s amazing trainer, Ashley Parr, a 5th degree certified black belt, two-time National Champion for the United States Tae Kwon Do Federation who has competed and represented the USA team in the World Championships for 2010 South Korea and 2012 Ottawa Canada, and also completed in the world championship in London 2016. In addition, in 2010 Ashley was the recipient of the Instructor of the Year Award United States Martial Arts Hall of Heroes! I think we can safely say they were in good hands throughout their years of training!
2017 is certainly turning out to be a year of great achievements for Jade. Not only has she demonstrated such remarkable courage and determination in sport, but also in love! She has finally tied the knot and married the love of her life, Eric Quinlan! Wishing her and Eric the best and more for many years to come…P.S. I think we can safely say, again, YOU are in very safe hands, Eric!