Burton Richardson

Burton Richardson   Saturday: May 4, 2019    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

2 Day Seminar May 4th & 5th: 1pm - 5pm


Burton Richardson started training martial arts in 1979 and he has never stopped. He was lucky to take his first lessons at the original Kali Academy, home of martial arts greats Sifu Richard Bustillo and Guro Dan Inosanto.

Burton traveled the world extensively to pursue his passion. He trained in Manila under Grandmaster Antonio Ilustrisimo, Master Tony Diego, and Master Christopher Ricketts. He's visited Brazil to practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has trained extensively with many top BJJ exponents, including the Machado Brothers, Carlson Gracie, Baret Yoshida, Charuto Verissimo, and Marcelo Garcia. Burton has even journeyed to South Africa several times to train with Zulu warriors in their method of stick fighting.
This broad spectrum of experience gives Burton a unique perspective on the arts. Civilians as well as Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) seek his training courses.

Burton is the author of 4 books. He wrote for Inside Kung Fu magazine for eleven years. He has been published in Budo Magazine, an international publication as well as other national publications such as Ultimate MMA. He was elected self defense instructor of the year by Black Belt Magazine and inducted into their hall of fame.

Burton currently lives in Hawaii with his wife, business and training partner Sarah Badat-Richardson and their daughter Talina-Queen. All three are passionate about realistic self defense training. They travel as a family to teach seminars worldwide.

Burton Richardson’s credentials:

  • Full Instructor in Jun Fan JKD under Guro Dan Inosanto
  • Full Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts under Tuhon Dan Inosanto
  • Full Instructor in the JKD Grappling Association under Sifu Larry Hartsell
  • Instructor in Thai Boxing under Master Chai Sirisute
  • Guro in Penjak Silat under Pendekar Paul De Thouars
  • Instructor in Kali Ilustrisimo under GrandMaster Ilustrisimo
  • Third Degree Black Belt in BJJ (brazilian Jiu Jitsu) under Egan Inoue


  • Jeet Kune Do Unlimited Unique Publications (August 1998)
  • Choke Em Out Paladin Press (July 1, 2007)
  • In the steps of Bruce Lee: JKD without limits Rising Sun Productions (April 7, 2008)
  • Silat For The Street Black Belt Communications (August 1, 2016)

Visit Burton Richardson's IMDB page for more on his movie work.



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