Sensei Wayne Brittingham was born in Hooper’s Island, Maryland and currently resides in Dorchester County, Maryland. He was married in 1985 to wife Sheila and has two children, daughter Tiffany and son Carly. In 1981 Sensei Brittingham began studying Order of Isshin-Ryu Karate in Cambridge, Maryland under Master Barry Smith. After studying with Master Smith for 3 years, he studied under Duane Dieter for 2 years. In 1993, after a break in training, he again began studying with Master Smith and earned his shodan in 1997. When Shelly Bell became sensei of the Cambridge dojo after Master Smith retired, Sensei Brittingham continued to train there. During this time, Sensei Brittingham also trained with Sensei Jeff Cook, in the Salisbury, Maryland dojo, and trained with Master Smith at his Predator Proof Fight School he had opened at his home dojo.
When the Cambridge dojo closed, he became a student of Marvin Beulah in the Trappe, Maryland dojo. In 2017 Sensei Brittingham became the sensei of the Trappe, Maryland dojo. Under the guidance of Master Ronnie Cimorosi and Master Smith, Sensei Brittingham was promoted to yondan in 2018. Sensei Brittingham is a dedicated student of Master Cimorosi.
From 1993 to 2003 Sensei Brittingham was a Correction Officer at the Dorchester County Detention Center in Maryland. During his time there, he was a founding member of the Specialized Emergency Response Team, where Master Smith conducted the training for the members. The team was responsible for prisoner cell extractions and prisoner security. From 2000 to 2003, Sensei Brittingham instructed an in-service Defensive Tactics program to Correction Officers which included Dorchester, Talbot, Caroline, Somerset, and Queen Anne counties. From 2003 to 2014, he served as a police officer with the police department of Cambridge, Maryland. From 2004 to 2013, he was a member of the Cambridge Police Emergency Response Team. He is a certified Less Lethal instructor.
Sensei Brittingham instructed officers in:
- Manadnock Expandable Baton
- Oleoresin Capsicum (Pepper Spray)
- Taser X26 and X2 Electronic Control Devices
In 2014 he became a police officer for the Maryland Department of Health, working at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center.