World Black Belt Living Legends

Richard L. Wigginton

Professor Richard L. Wigginton

"Don't come too close to Wigginton with a handgun. He'll take your weapon from you & disassemble it."

"He is perhaps the most knowledgeable and effective weapons disarming instructor in the nation."

Professor Richard L. Wigginton is one of the nation’s highest ranked martial arts masters and one of the foremost weapons & tactics trainers. As a consultant & trainer of unarmed & armed defensive tactics, non-lethal & lethal force, security & executive protection consultant, operative & trainer, his clientele reads like a who’s who & has included members of

  • U.S Treasury Dept. Firearms Instructors
  • U.S. Secret Service Training Director & Presidential Security Detail
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • U.S. Justice Department U.S. Border Patrol
  • Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization Service Special Agents, Defensive Tactics & Firearms Instructors
  • U.S.M.C. Inspectors & Instructor Staff
  • U.S. Army Special Forces
  • International Police Training Association
  • International Practical Shooting Co-federation
  • Federal Firearms Instructors
  • State & Municipal Police, Correctional, Parole & Court Officers
  • U.S. Army Intelligence: Office of Naval Intelligence.

As a lecturer & demonstrator his personal appearance include

  • Madison Square Garden
  • The Felt Forum
  • The Manhattan Center
  • Sunnyside Gardens
  • Nassau Coliseum
  • The Philadelphia Civic Center
  • The Spectrum
  • Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Berean Institute
  • The Haranbi Institute
  • University of Illinois
  • Temple University
  • Villanova University
  • U.S. Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.
  • U.S. Army Hospital, Valley Forge, PA.
  • Veterans Administration Hospital, Coatesville, PA.
  • Philadelphia Center for Gymnastics and Martial Arts

and numerous events hosted by

  • Aaron Banks
  • George A. Dillman
  • Francisco Conde
  • James K. Roberts
  • Ronald Duncan
  • Jim L. Morell
  • Charles Davis
  • Roberts B. Mac Ewen, Jr.
  • Will Daniel
  • Robert Benson
  • Frank Barrier
  • Nathaniel Sparrow
  • Robert Teller
  • Timothy R. Robinson
  • and many others.

Television appearances include

  • ABC’s Wide World of Sports
  • Hudson Valley Today
  • The Way of the Warrior
  • and various news features.

    Professor Wigginton has been a professional published author and contributing editor since 1973. Wigginton’s articles, commentaries and interviews span seven publishing groups, numerous magazine titles, specials and various newspapers.

    Professor Wigginton’s background in martial arts & related fields spans 47 years. He has served as Executive Vice President for a major martial arts organization, National Director of a second and Founder-Director of a third.

    1992: Designed, engineered & developed “The Liberator” defensive flashlight adapter & training programs.

    1988: Defense Science Institute (DSI) Established.

    1983: Founder & director: American Asian Martial Arts Federation (AAMAF) Dai-Nippon Ju-Jitsu Kai.

    1983: Mokuroku Shihan: Koga-Ryu Shinobi-No-Jutsu (Ninjutsu)

    3/9/82: Kyoju (Professor) Japanese Martial Arts/Ways Bugei/Budo

    5/5/82: Doctor of Philosophy: University of Oriental Philosophy of the Asian Martial Arts

    1/24/83: Mokuroku Kaiden: Daiken Kempo

    1/24/83: Mokuroku Kaiden: Okugi Ryu Aiki-Jutsu

    1/5/82: Menkyo Shihan: Oikiru Ryu Kobu-Jutsu

    2/1/82: Hachidan Hanshi 8th Degree Black Belt: Oikiru Ryu Aiki-Ju-Jutsu: Hombu Division Head: Senior International Master Instructor

    5/5/82: Shichidan Shihan 7th Degree Black Belt: Oikiru Ryu Kempo Jutsu

    2/18/82: Godan Shihan 5th Degree Black Belt: Oikiru Ryu Kempo Jutsu

    3/9/82: Godan Shihan 5th Degree Black Belt: Goju Kempo Karate-Do

    9/11/82: 1st Master’s Seminar: International Police Academy Monadnock PR-24 baton certified

    8/30/82: Hanshi Master Teacher United Kenpo Association

    7/11/74: Godan Renshi 5th Degree Black Belt: American Bushido Martial Arts Federation: Executive Vice President

    1974: Gold Medal Weapons Grand Champion: All Japan Karate-Do Federation Tournament: Students captured Silver & Bronze

    6/1/72: Yondan Renshi 4th Degree Black Belt: American Bushido Martial Arts Federation

    5/23/71: Sandan 3rd Degree Black Belt: American Bushido Martial Arts Federation

    1970-71: Kyokushinkai-kan Karate-Do Nakamura Sensei

    1971: Chito-Ryu Karate-Do All Japan Karate-Do Federation: Dometrich Sensei

    1969-70: Shotokan Karate-Do Shuto Karate Club: Rabouin Sensei: East Coast Karate Association-Okazaki Sensei:

    1971: Shodan 1st Degree Black Belt: Nihon Honbu Aikido McGuire AFB Aiki-Kai: McGuire AFB Judo Club: Decker Sensei

    1969: USMC Representative National Open Karate Championships USMC Close Combat Instructor Judo: Aikido: Kempo: Chen-Na: Chi-Chi-Ssu: Troi Sensei Hakkoryu Ju-Jutsu: Kondei: Gakko Kempo: Kobu-Jutsu: Koga Ryu Nin-Jutsu: Duncan Sensei

    1966: Shodan: Combat Ju-Jutsu: Williams Shoto-Kai & Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do: Sergeant B.J. Wall & R.P. Best Sensei(s)

    1958: Began Ju-Jutsu, Close Combat & Weapons training: Williams Sensei

    Wigginton is a member of

    • Veterans of Foreign Wars
    • American Legion
    • A Former Marine Corps League Officer
    • Legion of Honor Recipient Chapel of The Four Chaplains
    • National Rifle Association
    • Veterans Administration Voluntary Services

    and has received numerous awards for contributions to veterans.

    1996: Detective’s Endowment Association Police Department City of New York

    1995: 1996: The Honor Legion Police Departments State of New Jersey Honorary

    1995: The Honor Legion Police Department City of New York

    1995: New York State Fraternal Order of Police Empire State Lodge, Inc.

    Sanctions by members of the

    • National Association of Chiefs of Police
    • International Training Commission for Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics
    • International Board of Criminology.

    Military Service

    • U.S. Marine Corps 1966-70: Rank: Sergeant
    • U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 1970-75: Rank: Permanent Staff Sergeant
    • Acting Gunnery Sergeant

      Marine Corps Institute Graduate

      • Tactics of the Marine Rifle Squad
      • Infantry Battalion Organization, Communication & Crew Served Weapons
      • Individual Protective Measures
      • Operations Against Guerrilla Units
      • Counter Insurgency & Counter Terrorism
      • Land Mines & Booby Traps
      • The Marine NCO
      • Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Warfare

      Small Arms Expert

      • U.S. Pistol .45 Cal.
      • M1911A1
      • U.S. Rifle 7.62 MM M-14
      • U.S. Rifle 5.56 MM M-16
      • U.S. Rifle .30 Cal. M-1


        • Hackathorn’s Advanced Tactical Handgun June 1988
        • PPS Select Fire Submachine Guns Sept. 1988

        Firearms Specialist

        • Defensive Handgun
        • NRA law enforcement pistol & shotgun expert
        • Close Quarter Lethal Force Survival & Application

        Security & Executive Protection Consultant, Operative, Trainer Clients Have Included

        • Grammy Award Winner Grover Washington, Jr.
        • Disco Star Evelyn “Champagne” King
        • Celebrity Manager Lloyd Zane Remick
        • Record Producers & Music Publishers Bunny Sigler & Theodore Life
        • Excalibur Associates
        • Zane Management Corp.
        • Falcone Motors
        • Franklin Contractors

          Wigginton trained personnel have served in a variety of security & executive protection capacities for such celebrities as

          • Frank Sinatra
          • George C. Scott
          • John Travolta
          • The Osmonds

          and various corporate accounts including

          • General Electric
          • Mac Neil Laboratories.


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