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Lee Richards is the current President of the National Law Enforcement Training Center which has been training police officers, Corrections and security officers since its founder joined the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department in 1970. NLETC
Taika Seiyu Oyata had a deep respect for Law Enforcement and had a close friend on the police department who arranged for Taika to train the local officers near the end of the 1950's and through the 1960's while still living on Okinawa.
In the late 1970's, Shihan Michael G. Waddell was introduced to Taika Seiyu Oyata and Mike was a police officer with Liberty, MO at the time. Taika taught Shihan Waddell his Law Enforcement System and he began teaching it under the name Sundown Self-Defense Systems.
Tony K. Skeen trained in Shito-Ryu originally with Shihan Waddell and began training police with him around 1977. His father was an officer with Platte County. He joined Taika's organization in 1978 along with Shihan Waddell and learned Taika's system, thereby adding these new techniques to his training repertoire.
In 1989 Lee Richards joined Shihan Michael G. Waddell and Tony K. Skeen at Sundown Self-Defense Systems and began teaching Law Enforcement courses. In 1992 Lee joined the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department where he began learning the N.L.E.T.C. systems as founded by Jim Lindell. In 1998 Lee became a Missouri P.O.S.T. instructor through the Kansas City Regional Police Academy.
In 2018 Lee became the Defensive Tactics instructor at the University of Central Missouri - Central Missouri Police Academy. In 2020 he began teaching additionally at the Sedalia Police Missouri Academy. He continues to teach Instructor Certification Courses at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy. In 2021 he was elected to President of the National Law Enforcement Training Center where he continues to direct curriculum and impart much of the techniques and principles he learned under Mike Waddell and Taika Seiyu Oyata.
Mike Waddell and Tony Skeen teaching a KC Metro Handgun Retention Course around 1990.
Mike Waddell, after satisfying Taika Seiyu Oyata's high standards, was granted the right to issue certifications in Oyata's training courses.
In 2002 Lee Richards went to Okinawa with Taika Seiyu Oyata and was taken to the Okinawa Prefecture Police Headquarters where he was introduced to Taika's old friend who was in command and had been influential in having Taika teach police tactics in Okinawa prior to his immigration to the United States.