Bushido is an ancient Samurai ethical system or code that emphasizes justice, courage, mercy, politeness, honesty, honor loyalty, and self-control. The word “bushido” translates directly into “warrior path or way”. Today, we continue to carry the eight virtues of the Bushido code as a way for private, law-abiding citizens to understand the warrior within us. Our mission is to inspire the everyday citizen to gain the knowledge and skills to defend oneself and the people they love by connecting the world’s professionals, in the Imperial Valley region.
Donnie Wharton is of Japanese descent and raised with many of the same guiding principles as the bushido code. He has over 25 years of experience in both public and private sector training. He is an Air Force veteran and currently serving his community as Reserve Deputy Sheriff. Donnie has also had an extensive aviation background and served as the Chief Pilot for the Imperial County Narcotics Task Force for a decade. He has experience in a vast array of disciplines across the force continuum. He specializes in personal defensive weapons and hand-to-hand tactics. Donnie holds certifications including NRA Pistol Instructor-Range Safety Officer-Range Development, California DOJ Firearms, CA POST Firearms Instructor, and practitioner of multiple martial arts. He is also the primary trainer for Concealed Coalition in El Centro, CA (Imperial Valley).
Javier Pacheco is an Imperial Valley native and US Marine Corps veteran with approximately 45 years of Law Enforcement and Martial Arts/Weapons experience. His background encompasses fours years as a Military Police/Patrol-Narcotics Canine Handler with an overseas tour to Okinawa, Japan, where he began his true Martial Arts studies. He served as a police officer for the City of Brawley for two years before transferring to the US Customs Service/Department of Homeland Security retiring after 34 of service. He held positions as an instructor for Tactical Insertions, FLETC Tactical Instructor for foreign police/military, attended the Riverside Sheriff's POST SWAT course, and got certified as a FBI ASP instructor. He has also been a Martial Arts and Weapons instructor for approximately 40 years, training at the Humbo Dojo in Okinawa, Japan, since 1988.
Bill became interested in shooting at the age of six when he started going dove hunting and pheasant hunting with his father. After passing the California Bar Exam Bill entered active duty in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps. As a Navy JAG Bill served as a prosecutor and defense attorney in Navy courts-martial. While serving in the Navy Bill earned the Expert Rifle and Pistol medals and trained with NIS with small arms. His love of shooting led him to pursue additional training. He trained with Costa Ludas, Professional Force Concepts, Dark Angel Medical and a number of lesser know instructors. Bill is an NRA certified instructor in Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun and is also an NRA certified Range Safety Officer. When Border Tactical opened in El Centro, Bill was one of the first employees hired as a Range Safety Officer and taught pistol and carbine classes.
Bushido Training Group uses the IVRPA's "Wheeler Range" for Carbine courses only. It is located at 9.6M NNW of Seeley, California in Imperial County, California, U.S (Superstition Mountain BLM OHV area, N of NAS) at 2250 West Wheeler Rd Imperial County, California
Bushido Training Group holds most of their courses at the Border Tactical firing range. They are located at 925 North Imperial Avenue in El Centro, CA 92243.
Brawley Dojo is used to teach Bushido trainees self defense. It is located at 180A North Plaza Street in Brawley, CA 92227.
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