The people on this distinguished board are both Reality-Based Personal Protection instructors and experts in their own professions offering their advice and help to improve this global system.
Dr. Jose Luis Hinojosa, MD
Dr. Jose Luis Hinojosa, MD has been in the martial arts for over 40 years and currently holds a 7th degree black belt in Tae Kwon do and a 1st degree black belt in Hapkido and weapons (the cane). He has trained under Grand Master Duk Sung Sun, Grand Master Hong Kang Kim, Grand Master Mark Shuey, Grand Master Eric Lee, Professor Silverio (from whom he received his 8th Dan in 2015), and Jim Wagner in the Reality-Based Personal Protection system.
From 1993 to 1998 Dr. Hinojosa was the team doctor for the Olympic National Tae Kwon Do Team. He has been inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2002, 2003, 2006, 2008), the Masters Hall of Fame (2008), The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2004) the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2003 and 2015). Dr. Hinojosa is also the author of several books, including the martial arts books: Master & Disciple, The Language of Winners, Report Card on Rape, Tae Kwon Do for Everyone, and the martial arts card game Grand Champion.
In 2009 he was named as “One of America’s Top Family Doctors” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America in Washington, D.C.
Currently Dr. Hinojosa is an emergency room doctor, treating all kinds of human conflict injuries (gunshot wounds, stabbings, and blunt trauma), in Johnson, Kansas. He’s an expert in the medical implications of conflict techniques and methods. In a couple of months he will be receiving a Master in Science degree in Health Care Administration.
Dr. Hinojosa is very much involved in helping the Reality-Based Personal Protection become a better system with his medical expertise.
Alex Haddox is one of few Reality-Based Personal Protection Level 3 instructors (under the old system) in the world, and has put his RBPP training to use through his educational company Palladium Education, Inc. Through this company he has gives personal protection advice on his popular podcasts, Practical Defense and Security Professionals, and authored his first book Practical Home Security.
Alex also runs his own private security training company in Southern California called Security Center, LLC. He has also written a whole host of Guard Card Training manuals for California security guards, as well as for other states. Jim Wagner Reality-Based Personal Protection information and graphs appears in some of the manuals, and Alex has assisted Jim Wagner on a number of RBPP projects.
Jörg (prounounced your-g in English) is the chief instructor of Kenju-ryu school in Neuss, Germany, and since 2011 has been a dedicated instructor of the Jim Wagner Reality-Based Personal Protection system for teaching people when it comes to realistic self-defense.
When Jim Wagner had less and less time to post information and articles on social media, due to his seminars and projects around the world, Jörg took it upon himself (“self-deploy” as the military calls it) in 2017 to re-post important pieces of information and articles on a weekly basis that Jim had written so that new students coming into the system, who had not read them before, would be educated in Reality-Based Personal Protection, and it was also for those members already in the system to have a good review.
Jörg's self-deployment, and now his responsiblity, is key in keeping RBPP members informed.
Motion Picture Industry/Cinematography
Butch Pierson's professional background is in the motion picture industry as a 1st Assistant Cameraman, operator and Director of Photography. Following is a short list of some of the projects that he has worked on.
Feature films: Please Stand By, Cowboys & Aliens, Friendship, Spy Next Door, Did you hear about the Morgan’s, Book of Eli, Street Kings, Failure to Launch, Herbie Fully Loaded, Spartans, Rush Hour 2, Kiss the Girls, Now and Then, Father of the Bride Two, Quick and the Dead, Predator 2, Class Act, Encino Man, Red Sun Rising, Above the Law, Dead Women in Lingerie.
Television: Christmas Box, Christmas Wish, Wallace, Cab to Canada, Flight 289, Stolen Innocence, Deadly Whispers, Going Home Inferno (Italy), Shameless, Scoundrels, In Plain Sight, Breaking Bad, Prison Break, Pushing Daisies, Hero’s, House, CSI NY, Vegas, CSI Vegas, 24 Hours, Star Trek Enterprise, Star Trek Voyager, Star Trek Deep Space 9, Strong Medicine, Profiler, JAG, Viper, 90210, Melrose Place, Human Target, Flash, Tour of Duty.
As a Key First Assistant on many of these shows it was Butch’s responsibility to coordinate the organization of the camera equipment needed in the day to day filming of the different shows. It was also his responsibility to order or oversee the ordering of special cameras: high speed, crash cameras, crane cameras, et cetera for the filming of Second Units or Stunt units. It is his duty to set cameras for the proper placement for good coverage as directed by the Director of Photography. On some smaller shows he has worked himself as the Director of Photography on documentaries, webisodes, and instructional videos.
Butch Pierson’s love of the martial arts started with Judo in 1964. Being a “military brat” that started in Washington State at McCord Air Force Base. Next was the Hawaii Pearl City Dojo, then onto Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, and finally in Reseda, California under sensei Bill Nata achieving Shodan. In high school he wrestled for three years and tried his hand at boxing. In 1972 he started studying Korean Tae Kwon Do in San Bernardino, reaching the rank of green belt, but like many he was greatly influenced by Bruce Lee’s movie Enter the Dragon, and the new television series Kung Fu, and so he joined up with Kung Fu San Soo in 1973. His first Kung Fu instructor was Master Jerry Druckerman, then Master Chuck Cory, and then Master Paul Borrisoff.
Butch’s hard worked paid off in 1995 when he earned his 8th degree black belt, and the title of “Master” in 1985. Around the same time he also studied Laido obtaining the rank of brown belt under Sensei Jim Shibata. Then the big shift came when Butch became a Level 1 instructor in the Jim Wagner Reality-Based Personal Protection system. Today he helps to instruct in Kung Fu at Gus Gates Kung Fu in Westlake, California, and he continues to train in, and support, the RBPP system.
The combination of martial arts and the motion picture industry has given Butch the opportunity to meet and work with many famous martial artists: James Couburn, Don Wilson, Jeff Imada, Mako, James Lew, Steven Seagal, Toshiro Obata, David Carradine, and Gene LaBell.
The Reality-Based Personal Protection community is fortunate to have such a grounded martial artist, and a profession that touches millions all over the world.
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