Kris Wilder began his martial arts training in 1976 in the art of Tae Kwon Do, he has earned black belt-level ranks in three arts: Tae Kwon Do (2nd Degree), Kodokan Judo (1st Degree) and Goju-Ryu Karate (5th Degree), which he teaches at the West Seattle Karate Academy. He has trained under Kenji Yamada, who as a Judoka won back-to-back United States grand championships ('54-'55); Shihan John Roseberry, founder of Shorei-Shobukan Karate and a direct student of Seikichi Toguchi; and Hiroo Ito, a student of Shihan Kori Hisataka (Kudaka in the Okinawan dialect), the founder of Shorinji-Ryu Kenkokan Karate.
Though now retired from Judo competition, while active in the sport Kris competed on the national and international level. He has traveled to Japan and Okinawa to train in karate and has authored several books on the martial arts, including co-authoring "The Way of Kata." He has also written guest chapters for other martial arts authors and has had articles published in "Traditional Karate," a magazine out of the U.K. with international readership. Kris also hosts the annual "Martial University," a seminar composed of multidisciplinary martial artists, and he regularly instructs at seminars.
- Never Hit A Girl…Unless She's Armed, September 29, 2014
- Sport versus Combat, May 27, 2013
- The Ground. The Dirty, Filthy, Dangerous Ground, April 29, 2013
- Four Chokes and Cranks for Street Use, February 27, 2012
- Use Neck Cranks or Chokes to Fight an Adversary, January 9, 2012
- Sanchin, Shime, and Hard Impact, July 4, 2011
- Positive Attitude Required for Black Belt, May 30, 2011
- Interview with Kris Wilder, Nicholas Yang, and Rory Miller about "Crossing the Pond Martial Expo 2010", September 13, 2010
- Sanchin Kata - Ancient Wisdom, March 8, 2010
- Sanchin Kata, the Three Battles Sequence, February 15, 2010
- Listen to the Subtle (and Not-so-Subtle) Warnings, January 6, 2010
- Violence: What Everyone Needs to Know About Fighting, August 2, 2009
- Mob Violence Is An Eruption With No Warning, February 17, 2009