Mike Benjamin
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Michael Benjamin

Rockford, Illinois native Michael Benjamin is a 32-year veteran of the martial arts. He has been professionally employed in such fields as bouncing, corrections, and street outreach where his skills have been put to the test of reality. He holds a 4th degree black sash in Kang-Nei-Chin Shaolin Chung-Kuo Ch’uan Kung-Fu and a Yondan (4th degree black belt) in Shorei Goju Kempo Karate. He is one of only a handful of people in the world awarded a Shodan (black belt) in Juko-Ryu Jodo (short staff art). He is the only man in Illinois certified as a Level-5 Full Instructor in Grandmaster Kelly S. Worden’s Natural Spirit International (NSI), the official hand-to-hand combat system for the U.S. Army’s First Special Forces Group (Ft. Lewis, WA.), and as such, is the sole NSI affiliate for Illinois. Mr. Benjamin is also a published writer whose articles have appeared in Inside Kung-Fu, Black Belt, Blade, and Blitz Australia magazines. Mr. Benjamin has had the privilege of training under some of the most skilled martial artists in the world including former PKA kick-boxing champion “Bad” Brad Hefton, the world renowned Kelly S. Worden (founder of Natural Spirit International), the late great Grandmaster Remy A. Presas (founder of Modern Arnis and member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame), Soke Rodney Sacharnoski (founder of Juko-Kai International), and Sigung Michael Knipprath (inheritor of the Kang-Nei-Chin Kung-Fu system). Mr. Benjamin has been directing his own private training academy (Close-Quarters-Kempo Dojo) since 2001 for a handful of select protégés and teaches seminars to private citizens on a regular basis. For more information, he can be contacted by e-mail at Mykey27@mail.com

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