Richard Bustillo, American martial arts instructor, Died at 75


Richard Bustillo was born on January 28, 1942, and died on March 30, 2017.

He was a Filipino-American martial arts instructor from Hawaii.

He was a student of the late Bruce Lee and an authority on Jeet Kune Do Concepts and Filipino Martial Arts.

He started studying martial arts at the age of 8 with eskrima in his native Hawaii at the Gray YMCA Center in Palolo Valley, Hawaii under his father.

Bustillo learned to box when he was 10 and competed in PAL boxing under the Veterans Boxing Club in Honolulu’s Aala Park.

He was a certified law enforcement defensive tactics instructor and a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers.

Also to that, Bustillo was a member of the Search & Rescue Team of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and is a Reserve Peace Officer

He continued to train with martial artists such as the Machado (Brazilian) Jujitsu USA Team. In addition, he was well known for promoting the Filipino Martial Arts.

He was a founding member of the Bruce Lee Foundation and was the Jeet Kune Do Instructor to Bruce Lee’s children, Brandon Lee and Shannon Lee.

During 1984, he founded the IMB Academy in Carson, California.

Later, he moved the school to nearby Torrance, California.

Richard Bustillo passed away at 75 years old.