Richard Bustillo is internationally recognized as an expert in the martial arts. With over 45 years of experience, Bustillo possesses a wealth of knowledge and a very unique and motivating teaching style. He owns and operates the IMB Academy (International Martial Arts and Boxing Academy), one of the largest martial arts schools in southern, California, located in Torrance, California.
He began his study of martial arts in Judo at the age of 10 and started boxing at age 12. He studied Kajukenbo from 14 years until he finished highschool. While in college he competed in the Golden Gloves and amateur boxing. He began studying Jeet Kune Do under Bruce Lee at Lee’s Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in Los Angeles’ chinatown when he was at 24.
Sifu Bustillo is a member of Black Belt’s 1989 Hall of Fame – Co-Instructor of the Year, an inductee to the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Martialinfo.com 2001 Hall of Fame, and United States Martial Arts 2002 Hall of Fame.
In 1967 he and Dan Inosanto began to study the Philippine martial arts of kali, escrima and arnis and together they have been credited with promoting filipino arts worldwide.
Richard Bustillo is a certified law enforcement defensive tactics instructor and a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement trainers. He is also certified with the Olympic Training Center as a coach and official with USA Boxing, and a Kru in Muay Thai. Credited as being one of the major contributors to revive the Filipino Martial art of Kali/Eskrima/Arnis, Bustillo is recognized by the Council of Grandmasters of the Philippines as Ninth degree Black Belt (Grandmaster) in Doce Pares Eskrima. However, he is best known for his training under Bruce Lee and Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do.