Jim Wagner is a former soldier, corrections officer, police officer, SWAT officer, diplomatic bodyguard, and recent counterterrorist for the U.S. Government after 9/11. Currently he is a Police Defensive Tactics instructor and the founder of the civilian Reality-Based Personal Protection system taught in several countries. Wagner writes the popular HIGH RISK column for Black Belt Magazine
Jim Wagner is credited as the originator of the term "reality-based" for self-defense and has studied numerous combatives systems including Karate Rybu-Kai, Kenpo, Filipino Kali, Wing-Chun, Judo, Aikido, French Savate, Thai Kickboxing, Western boxing, European fencing, Jeet Kune Do, Kung-fu, Greco-Roman wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga, Hisardut, KAPAP, and LOTAR, before teaching exclusively his own Reality-Based Personal Protection system.
Jim has been an instructor for the U.S. Marshals, FBI SWAT, German GSG9, Israeli Police, U.S. Border Patrol, INS, Brazilian GATE, Argentinean GOE, U.S. Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Marines PMO, U.S. Navy PMO, U.S. Army Military Police, U.S. Coast Guard, Helsinki Police, German Border Patrol Police Academy, Finland Police Academy, California Department of Corrections, Los Angeles Probation Department, Los Angeles School Police, Los Angeles Airport Police, University of Washington Police, North Miami Police Department, Escambia Sheriff's Department (Florida), London Metropolitan Police Department, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, British Columbia Sheriff's Department, AMTRAK Police, San Diego Police Department, San Diego Sheriff's Department, Oklahoma City Police Department, and the list goes on.