Advisory Board

Jared Wihongi

Advisor - Dignitary Services

Jared Wihongi is an internationally recognized authority as a Close-Quarters Combat (CQC) instructor.  His areas of expertise include the integration of firearms, impact weapons, edged weapons, and empty-hand combat with emphasis on police, military, and self-defense applications.  Mr Wihongi’s 20+ years of experience on three American Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams have had a significant influence on his teaching approach to close-combat tactics, having taught CQC tactics to police and military special operations personnel worldwide. With over 30 years’ training in various striking, grappling, and weapon-based martial arts, he is one of only a handful of individuals globally who holds the advanced rank of “Tuhon” in the Filipino combat art of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, and is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the modern tactical application of the combat art of Kali.

His law enforcement experience over the last 20+ years include:

  • Deputy Sheriff for the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, 2000-2001
  • Police Officer Salt Lake City Police Department, 2001-2008
  • Chief Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor, Salt Lake City Police Training Unit and Police Academy 2004-2008
  • SWAT Operator Salt Lake City Police Department, 2003-2008
  • SWAT Operator (Reserve) South Salt Lake Police Department, 2008-2016
  • SWAT Operator (Reserve) Cottonwood Heights Police Department, 2016-Present

In addition to multiple international accreditations, he is an international Master instructor for the BONOWI Training Division—the only official international training program for the German-made Camlock Baton. He is a regular instructor for the world’s largest and most prestigious tactical law enforcement association, the NTOA (National Tactical Officers Association). Launching his brand of CQC, TRICOM has been adopted and accepted by some of the world’s most elite police and military organizations around the world and is accredited on its own merits.

Mr Wihongi has been contracted as an official Close-Combat instructor for the U.S. Army Special Forces Units (Green Berets) periodically since 2005.