Burton Richardson has studied extensively with many of the finest instructors in the world. Years of intense training have led to full instructor’s credentials in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Jun Fan Gung Fu, and Filipino Kali under Guro Dan Inosanto (Protégé of Bruce Lee). He is also a Full Instructor under late JKD great, Sifu Larry Hartsell. Burton’s Thai Boxing instructorship was awarded by Master Chai Sirisute, while the title of “Guru” was achieved in Indonesian Pentjak Silat under the guidance of Pendekar Paul de Thouars. Burton, already one of the original Dog Brothers, earned his instructorship in Kali Ilustrisimo after rigorous training in Manila under Grandmaster Antonio Ilustrisimo, Master Tony Diego, and Master Christopher Ricketts. Burton was awarded his Black Belt in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by BJJ and MMA World Champion Egan Inoue. Burton has trained extensively with many other 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. It’s a long road, but one certainly worth the traveling. This broad spectrum of experience gives Burton a unique perspective on the arts.
Burton wrote for Inside Kung Fu magazine for eleven years, and now writes in various publications, including Budo Magazine, an international publication translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Croatian! His second book was also published by Budo International, and his latest book “Choke Em Out” is published by Paladin Press. Another book is currently in the works.
He’s also produced a plethora of highly acclaimed instructional videos, and has appeared in numerous Hollywood films. He has also written, produced, directed and starred in his own feature film (MMA Street Figther-One Percent Full) that was released in 2007.
Burton enjoys sharing his good fortune through seminars worldwide. He is known for teaching a dynamic seminar in a relaxed atmosphere, with ample time taken to highlight the fine points of the arts. Burton’s wish is to be able to share as much of his experience as possible so that martial artists all over the world can improve themselves and then share their knowledge with others. He has also designed many distance learning programs to bring quality training to those who do not live near a quality training facility.