Jim Wagner – Reality Based Director to World Wide Dojo
Jim Wagner has been an advisor for USADOJO.COM for several years, and became our Director for Reality Based martial arts and for our International sites for World Wide Dojo on September 17, 2010 because of his vast martial background and worldwide notoriety.
Jim writes a weekly column for the Realtiy Based Section of World Wide Dojo.
Jim Wagner has been studying traditional based, sport based, and reality based systems formally and informally since 1976. For traditional based systems he has studied Korean Tae Kwon Do, Japanese Karate Do Rybu Kai, Hawaiian Kenpo, Vietnamese Kung-fu, Ko Pec Yin Yank Kung-fu, Filipino Kali, Cantonese Wing Chun, Chinese Kickboxing, Bruce Lee”s Jeet Kune Do, Chinese Tai Chi Chuan, Japanese Aikido and a seminar from Ninjitsu expert Stephen Hayes.
For sport based systems Jim Wagner studied Greco Roman wrestling, European fencing with the foil and saber, judo, Western boxing, French Savate, Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu and a seminar from World Champion Joe Lewis.
For reality based systems Jim Wagner has studied Israeli HISARDUT, KAPAP, Krav Maga, LOTAR, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, Army Combatives, and police defensive tactics. Jim Wagner has also had the opportunity to evaluate combatives and defensive tactics techniques and training methods in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden, France, Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Israel, South Africa, and Australia.
Jim Wagner’s professional conflict career began in 1980 when he joined the United States Army (Regular) and receiving Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was then assigned to HHC 43rd Engineer Battalion (Combat, Heavy) until May 1981 as a radio operator (combat communications).
From December 1988 until January 1991 Jim Wagner served as a corrections officer with the Costa Mesa Police Department Jail booking and housing prisoners and trusties. He received his 120 hours corrections officer training and certificate from the Orange County Sheriff’s Training Department.
After 21 weeks at the police academy, Class 104 of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Training Academy, Jim Wagner was a full-time police patrol officer for the Costa Mesa Police Department. Other assignments include three years on the SWAT Team, two years with the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program coupled with police bicycle patrol, and one year as an assistant defensive tactics instructor for the Citizen’s Police Academy. Officer Wagner obtained the rank of corporal and earned an Intermediate Professional Officer Standards & Training Municipal Police certificate from the State of California.
From 2000 to 2002 Jim Wagner served as a Reserve Sergeant for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department starting with the Search & Rescue Reserve Unit, then a patrol supervisor and team leader for the Dignitary Protection Unit.
In 2002, six months after the terrorist attacks on the United States of America by Al Qaeda, the U.S. government hired Jim Wagner and sent him to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico to be trained in counterterrorism for the United States Federal Air Marshal Service. He was assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office and participated in 146 missions.
From 1991 to 2003 Jim Wagner was a founder and one fourth owner of the police and military training organization HSS International, Inc. Jim Wagner created the company’s combatives programs (Patrol Combatives, SWAT Combatives, Corrections Combatives, Investigator Combatives, Probation Combatives), edged weapons program, and assumed responsibility for the Protective Services program. He was also in charge of the international division. During this time Jim Wagner was personally requested to teach for the FBI, DEA, INS, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Marshal Service, U.S. District Court Pretrial Services Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office Anti-Terrorism Task Force Oklahoma City, Department of Defense Police, Amtrak Police, California Department of Corrections, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Housing Authority Police, Israel Operational Fitness Academy, German counterterrorist unit GSG9, German Federal Police Academy, Helsinki Police Department, Argentinean GOE, Brazilian GATE, and a dozen American SWAT teams.
On January 21, 2003 Jim Wagner founded the Jim Wagner Reality-Based Personal Protection system. Within this system are civilian courses and professional courses. Jim Wagner has numerous books and DVDs on the market in several languages, and has appeared on television, radio, and in the movie Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden. He also has his own knife series called Jim Wagner Reality Based Blade manufactured by Boker.
Through his own company law enforcement agencies and military units have continued to request Jim Wagner’s services: National Finnish Police Academy, Trinidad & Tobago SUATT, Amsterdam-Amstelland (Dutch Police Training Center) and the Korps Landelijke Politiediensten, German Army Military Police, NATO Special Operations Training Base Pfullendorf, U.S. Embassy Berlin Brinks Security, and several security companies and bodyguard schools.
Since 2005 Jim Wagner has been a Reserve Non Commissioned Officer in a military police unit and has trained soldiers (in various combatives and tactical courses) of the California State Military Reserve, the California Army National Guard, and the United States Army in an official capacity.
Jim Wagner writes the JIM WAGNER WEEKLY column for World Wide Global and examines all reality based and international content for this company.