"By reaching Black Belt level, one had, in fact, completed only the necessary requirements to embark upon a relentless journey without distance that would ultimately result in self-mastery." — Jigoru Kano, Judo founder

"I would rather have one person demonstrate sportsmanship than have 50 people preach about it"  — Knute Rockne, University of Notre Dame football coach

Chief Instructor/Coach Ken Benson

Ken Benson began karate study in 1973 under Sensei Kenzo Dozono. The majority of his study has been Shotokan-style karate with Kancho (Director) Takemasa Okuyama, but he has also received instruction from Mixed Martial Arts Coach Shah Franco, and trained in Tae Kwon-Do and Kali. Certified through Sport Canada's National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), he was the fourth karate teacher in Canada to have attained NCCP Level 4, or Olympic/International level.

In 2011, Mr. Benson became the first karate coach in Canada to be given Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) status by Coaches of Canada. This is recognized by Sport Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee. Mr. Benson served as a director, representing karate, on the Canadian Olympic Committee in 2008.

His martial art résumé includes:

  • 7th Dan Black Belt, International Karate Association of Canada
  • ChPC (Chartered Professional Coach) member Coaches of Canada
  • NCCP Level 4 Coach
  • Coach, Ontario Provincial Team, 2014-15
  • NCCP Facilitator, Karate Canada
  • NCCP Evaluator, Karate Canada
  • Karate Ontario High Performance Committee
  • Ontario Provincial Team Coach 2014-2016
He has coached at:
• 2014 Ontario Summer Games
• 2015 Karate Canada National Championships
• 2016 Karate Canada National Championships
• Independent tournaments, including 10 Kubota Cups, and 6 Iwata Cups

Additional highlights:
contributing writer, NCCP Karate Competition Development Manual
contributing writer/producer, "Ultimate Karate", book by Takemasa Okuyama
presenter, Sport Karate Symposium, Karate Ontario, 2008
• achieved Dan level (black belt) in Kobudo (weapons) and Taekwondo (ITF)

Mr. Benson has taken part in over 1,200 hours of workshops, seminars, and webinars (he keeps track) on topics including different martial arts, sport science, long term athletic development (LTAD), and any other subject that will enrich his karate program.

He has delivered karate and self-defence programs in both the public and private school sectors. He has also developed curriculum and taught self-defence as part of secondary school physical education.

A Toronto Beaches resident for almost 30 years, he has participated in community activities, including as a volunteer and charity fundraiser. By day, he is a commercial photographer.

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