Richard W.

Position: Owner / Firearms Instructor
Location: Covington, GA

Richard is the founder of Atlanta Handgun Training and is a certified Instructor in the NRA's Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Inside The Home courses. He is an active competitor in the IDPA as well as GADPA

Since 1998, Richard has been heavily involved in the Mixed Martial Arts (called No Holds Barred in those days) and Submission Grappling communities as a student, competitor, and coach. Trained by Gary Brown (founder of Eagle Combat Systems and veteran of the Special Operations community) and George Allen (professional fighter and referee, Army Special Operations veteran), Richard dedicated much of his life to learning both the sport aspects of Mixed Martial Arts as well as the in-depth intricacies of the Eagle Combat System.

After almost a decade, Richard achieved the rank of Shodan (First Degree Black Belt) under Gary Brown, becoming one of a handful of students to achieve this rank.

During this time, Richard worked with several Law Enforcement Officers and Agencies throughout the central Georgia area through seminars as well as continued instructional services. Serving as both a consultant and instructor, Richard worked with Officers and Agencies in the following areas:

  • Defensive Tactics
  • Situational Awareness
  • Officer Safety
  • Takedowns
  • Positional Control
  • Handcuffing Techniques
  • Small Arms Weapons Retention
  • Small Arms Weapons Disarming
  • Small Arms Weapons Deployment
  • Muzzle Presentation
  • Cell Extraction
  • Controlling the Transition Between Presence of Authority and Presence of Violence







He has worked with officers and agents from the following agencies:

  • Milledgeville Police Department
  • Baldwin County Sheriff's Department
  • Baldwin County Jail
  • Central State Prison
  • Dekalb County Jail
  • Gwinnett County Police Department
  • Georgia State Patrol
  • Baldwin County SRT
  • Dekalb County Sheriff's Department
  • Rockdale County Task Force Against Family Violence
  • See Law Enforcement Testimonials Page

Richard is a Certified Pistol and Personal Protection In The Home Instructor with the National Rifle Association (Instructor #: 189648847and the United States Concealed Carry Association (Instructor #: 548802). Richard enjoys competing in the Expert Classification of the Stock Service Pistol division of IDPA style competition. He has also conducted seminars covering the following topics:

  • Rape Prevention for College Dorms, Women's Groups, and Private Businesses
  • Situational Awareness for both male and female civilians
  • Unarmed self-defense
  • Edged weapon self-defense
  • Concealed Carry techniques for civilians
  • Firearm safety
  • Home Protection both with and without firearm
  • No-Gi Submission Grappling for Competition
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • See Civilian Testimonials Page

Richard is also the sole owner and instructor of, an interactive website that sells instructional videos for both Mixed Martial Arts and Submission Grappling competition. This site has reached viewers all over the world with the following achievements:

  • 17,000+ followers from more than 85 countries
  • More than 5,000,000 video views online
  • Has sold videos in more than a dozen countries
  • Endorsed by Olympians, UFC Champions, military, and law enforcement
  • See Testimonials

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