Richard is a Ninth Degree Black Belt and grandmaster in both American Karate and Tae-Kwon-Do. He has trained and ranked with Jhoon Rhee, the Father of Tae-Kwon-Do in America, and his lifelong teacher is J. Pat Burleson, the Father of American Karate.
As one of the original Texas Gladiators and Fort Worth Texans in full-contact Karate Kickboxing, Richard was inducted into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame in 1985. He is a devoted husband and father of two advanced black belts. As a Fort Worth Police officer for thirty years, Richard has served as a patrol officer, detective, defensive tactics instructor, chaplain, peer counselor, and now sergeant. As a retired United Methodist Pastor, Richard enjoys sharing his love of Jesus Christ with others.
He has been teaching Karate since 1971 and was instrumental in establishing the police defensive tactics training program in Fort Worth, Texas, which has been a model for other police departments all across the nation. Richard has trained federal agents in the Federal Bureau of Investigation; US Secret Service; Drug Enforcement Agency; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; and more. Richard has been trained by the US Secret Service in Executive and Dignitary Protection. He has been called upon to protect many celebrities, such as government officials and movie stars. As a member of World Black Belt, Richard has trained American Airlines pilots and crews in self-defense following the 911 tragedy.
Formerly with Zig Ziglar Seminars, Richard is a highly sought-after and dynamic motivational speaker and has taught tens of thousands of students as well as taught self defense courses and seminars to several hundred thousand people across the US and Mexico. He has shared the platform with notables, such as President Bill Clinton, Chuck Norris, and Zig Ziglar. He has been featured on ABC Niteline with Ted Kopple, CNN, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, and many others.