Master Plowden is a 9th degree Black Belt and a five-time martial arts world champion. He brings over 30 years of martial arts experience with a specialty of using martial arts to assist young people to transcend the multiple challenges of pediatric trauma. Richard has served as a leader in the sport as a commissioner for the World Karate Commission (WKC), as well as providing nearly two decades of service to Kids Kicking Cancer. In 2022, he was officially inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame and named 20 22 Instructor of the Year. He has lectured extensively on the use of martial arts for personal transformation.
Richard has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and is the owner of Plowden’s Championship Martial Arts. He serves as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Michigan, Dearborn.