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."
-KEN HACKATHORN: PRACTICAL FIREARMS TRAINING

"He is perhaps the most knowledgeable and effective weapons disarming instructor in the nation."
-THE BEST DEFENSE:AMERICAN KARATE MAGAZINE, SEPT.1988

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

        Graduate

        • 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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