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Meet The Board
In the late '80s, Lee began working in retail security and was tasked to put together a regional seminar on handcuffing for the retailer. A referral led him to Officer Michael Waddell who was then a student of Taika Seiyu Oyata, running a Ryukyu Kempo Dojo in Gladstone, Missouri as well as a Liberty MO Police Officer and their trainer. Mike Waddell ran a small D.T. agency called Sundown Self-Defense Systems at the time and trained many small agencies in the Greater Kansas City area. Lee began training with him regularly at his dojo after the seminar. Lee is currently the head of OyataTe International.
In 1992, Lee joined the Kansas City Missouri Police Department where he worked until 2018. Jim Lindell was one of his original academy instructors. After graduating from the police academy he continued training with Sundown Self-Defense Systems and eventually returned to the academy as an instructor where he became a National Trainer and eventually was picked by founder Jim Lindell to be the President. After retiring from the Kansas City, Missouri Police department he obtained a job teaching at the Warrensburg, MO Police Academy at UCM as well as the Sedalia, MO Police Academy located within SFCC.
Sonny Lynch has been in law enforcement since 1985. He served in the United States Army as a Military Policeman and was the Assistant Chief of Police at the Clinton, Missouri Police Department where he was employed since 1990 to 2019. Sonny has been a trainer for the National Law Enforcement Training Center since 1994. He is a National Trainer and has conducted training sessions throughout the United States.
Sonny is a police academy instructor for the Central Missouri Police Academy in Warrensburg, MO and the Missouri Safety Center.
For many years Sonny taught defensive tactics during in-service classes throughout the state for the Missouri Sheriff's Training Academy.
Sonny is certified in Force Analysis by the Force Science Research Institute to further his efforts as a trainer and consultant. He is an accomplished author, and has been published in several professional journals.
Stuart has been a Law Enforcement Officer for over 25 years. He has taught Defensive Tactics throughout his career. He has also taught Use of Force and served as a Firearms Instructor for 15 years. He has also served as an expert witness in Use of Force. Stuart believes in Integrated Use of Force Training. Stuart has attended multiple Instructor Programs in both Firearms and Defensive Tactics from FLETC as well as holding certifications as a Defensive Tactics Instructor from multiple organizations. He has studied martial arts from his teenage years through adulthood and also co-owns a gym in the Kansas City area where jiu-jitsu and kickboxing are taught. He currently serves as a Sergeant with a 100 sworn person agency in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
Wayne Stewart is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and was on the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department for 30 years. Near the end of his career he served as the Director of the Kansas City Missouri, Regional Police Academy as well as had several positions at this facility during the course of his career. As a Sergeant on the Police Department he was responsible for the Professional Training Section which helped develop all of the initial training modules within the NLETC and getting them approved with the Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).
For many years Dr. Stewart has helped to develop portions of our curriculim dealing with medical implications.
Dr. Stewart, though retired from Law Enforcement as a full time Major with KCMOPD, has remained on in an Auxiliary Member status, donating time weekly to the academy as well as the NLETC.
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David Rauzi has maintained a general civil and criminal defense law practice in Kansas City, Missouri, for over twenty five years.
Dave first met Jim Lindell in the early 1980s, when Jim was providing defensive tactics instruction to private businesses such as the Worlds of Fun amusement park and the Kansas City Chiefs Football club.
They shared an interest in the martial arts, with Dave studying under Grandmaster Won S. Kim in Raytown, Missouri. Dave went on to become a head instructor at one of Grandmaster Kim’s schools, attaining a 4th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, 2nd Degree Black Belt in judo, and 2nd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido.
Dave has served on the National Law Enforcement Training Center Board since 2007 and advises on legal matters.
For over 42 years Coach Khris Whelan has pursued his love for wrestling and judo. From the young age of fifteen, he was an alternate on the 1976 United States Olympic Greco Roman Team.
In his competitive years he achieved state titles in Illinois and was a 5x Jr. National finalist and 4x Jr. National champion for the Jr. Nationals in Fargo. At the collegiate level, Whelan was a 2x NCAA All-American for the University of Missouri where he won the prestigious Midlands events and beat many Division I standouts and national champions. Coach Whelan also holds a 3rd degree black belt in Judo and was once a Judo National Champion.
Whelan has coached college and high school wrestling for 28 years. He is extremely experienced in coaching all levels of wrestling. Whelan was the head assistant coach at the University of Missouri. He developed and coached eight Division I All American wrestlers. From 2004 to 2007, Coach Whelan served as the Head coach for SIU-Edwardsville.
The Chiron Enterprises Consulting firm to which his family belongs has aided in the lobbying for mandatory annual defensive tactics training in the state of Missouri.