With Richard Kim’s introduction, Sanford has trained in Goju-Ryu Karate with Tomoharu Kisaki and Morio Higaonna. He has trained in Shito-Ryu Karate with Kenei Mabuni and has studied Shotokan Karate with such greats as Hidetaka Nishiyama, Masatoshi Nakayama, Hiroshi Shirai, Keinosuke Enoeda, Takeshi Ohishi and Taiji Kase. He has also had the opportunity to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with members of the Gracie family. After studying engineering and law enforcement in college, Sanford went on to study Vocational Education and Adult Learning at the University of California. He holds a Community College Instructor’s credential. After graduating, Sanford joined the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department. He received the rank of operations sergeant. While with the department he was a S.W.A.T. team leader and was specially trained in dignitary protection.
In 1983, he founded the Pacific Institute of Defensive Tactics. Through the Institute he teaches a wide range of police tactical programs and is a well known author on police tactics.
In 1994, he was nominated for the Governor’s Award for his contributions to law enforcement training in California. Sanford now runs his dojo in Soquel with the help of his wife, Bedelia, and son, Sean. He and his staff offer traditional instruction in Shorinji-Ryu Karate-Do, Kobudo, T’ai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung and Aikijujutsu.