Coach Rich Galicia Wilson is a 4th level Black Belt in Pai Lum Tao, under his father, Grandmaster Glenn C. Wilson. He began his formal training in 1988, and competed in his first tournament on February 3, 1990. He immediately proved to be well rounded in the Martial Arts competition arena, by taking 1st place in forms and 1st place in fighting at his very first event. He’d go on to become the F.A.M.E. (Florida Affiliation of Martial Arts Events) State Champion in Forms and Fighting from 1990-1993, and win 1st place at the biggest open tournament in the country, The U.S. Open, in the process. In addition to his flourishing Martial Arts tournament record, Master Wilson also had a successful wrestling career for his high school, Dr. Phillips High School, in Orlando, FL. On October 25, 1992 during his junior year, Master Wilson tested for, and obtained, his 1st level Black Belt. An honor and an accomplishment in itself, this day took special significance due to the virtual “who’s who?” presenting his rank elevation to Black Belt. His father GrandMaster Glenn C. Wilson, his mother Simo Hilda Wilson, his Pai Lum Tao brother, and arguably the greatest Kickboxer of all time, Don “The Dragon” Wilson and the Great GrandMaster of Pai Lum Tao, the legendary Daniel Kane Pai.
Unbeknownst at the time, Coach Wilson would become the last person ever to be approved for elevation to 1st level Black Belt by Great GrandMaster Daniel Kane Pai, before his passing on May 28, 1993. Great GrandMaster Pai had taken a liking to young Wilson, often times insisting that he sit with the Black Belts during discussions and train with them during seminars, even though he had not yet obtained the rank of Black Belt. He would often demonstrate a rare side of himself, joking around with young Wilson; quite the contrast from his typically stern demeanor. June 4, 1993 would become the happiest day, and the saddest day, in Coach Wilson’s young life. He’d start the day in Orlando, FL walking in his high school’s graduation commencement ceremony, and end the day in Daytona, FL paying respect to his father’s teacher, at Great Grandmaster Pai’s memorial service.
Through the course of the next few years, Coach Wilson continued training diligently, and furthered his competition resume. Competing at the W.D.W.S. Internationals from 1995-2004, he not only won the Black Belt Light-Weight Fighting division, but also defeated the winner of the Black Belt Heavy-Weight Fighting division, each year, to become the Black Belt Fighting GrandChampion for 10 consecutive years, amassing a flawless record of 40 wins and 0 defeats over that time span.
Throughout his career Coach Wilson continued his pursuit to test his fighting skills and quench his thirst for knowledge. Competing, and winning, in every Sport Combat arena possible… Wrestling, Point Fighting, Continuous Fighting, Kickboxing, San Shou and MMA; he won at them all. From the West Coast at Cung Le’s ‘Born to Fight’ in San Jose, CA, to the East Coast at Manny Reyes Sr.’s ‘Pan American Nationals’ in Miami, FL and everywhere in between, his dedication to the Combat Sports allowed him to see the World; everywhere from Russia to Jamaica, and even being selected to represent the U.S. Team as the Middle-Weight fighter for the United States Kuo Shu Federation (U.S.K.S.F.) at the 1st ‘World Tournament’ in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In recent years Coach Wilson has shifted his focus from competition to coaching, opening a training facility in Tampa, FL, appropriately named ‘Fight Team, LLC’. He has produced numerous State, National and International Championship fighters, and with the help of his assistant, Sifu Patrick Finneran, oversees the ‘San Shou’ discipline of Pai Lum Tao for his father, worldwide. As a result of his success as both a coach and a fighter, Coach Wilson was recently recognized for his accomplishments, and was inducted into his first ‘Hall of Fame’ on June 2, 2012 by the World Head of Family Sokeship Council (W.H.F.S.C.). In addition, due to the outstanding efforts of his Pai Lum Tao San Shou fighters, he was selected to represent the U.S. Team as the Full-Contact Fighting Coach for the United States Kuo Shu Federation (U.S.K.S.F.), October 15-18, 2012 at the 4th ‘World Tournament’ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. True to his competitive nature, Coach Wilson led the U.S. Team to the top spot at the awards podium for the overall ‘Team Standings’, beating 77 Teams from 18 different countries and bringing The World Kuo Shu Federation’s (T.W.K.S.F.) 1st Place Team Trophy back to the United States of America.
His passion, intensity and love for Combat Sports are infectious and have allowed him great success in his newest endeavor; opening his training facility Fight Team, LLC - a state of the art training facility that specializes in San Shou, Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts (M.M.A.).
Coach Wilson is in high demand, and sought out by fighters looking to take their fight game to the next level. He travels teaching seminars throughout the country, and giving his 110% to those that seek it.