|"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 started his karate study in 1973 with Sensei Kenzo Dozono. After moving to Toronto, the majority of his training came under Kancho (Director) Takemasa Okuyama in Shotokan-style. Fortunate to work with some excellent teachers in Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Kali, Benson always mentions Professor/Hanshi Shah Franco as his main generic combat sport resource.
A believer in lifelong education, Ken Benson became the fourth karate coach in Canada to achieve NCCP (National Coaching Certifiation Program) Level 4, or International/Olympic level. In 2011, he became the first karate coach to be granted Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) status by the Coaching Association of Canada. He also served as a Director on the Canadian Olympic Committee in 2008, representing karate.
His résumé includes:
• 7th Dan Black Belt, IKA Canada
• ChPC (Chartered Professional Coach, Sport Canada)
• NCCP Level 4
• member, Karate Canada NCCP Committee
• NCCP Facilitator, Karate Canada
• NCCP Evaluator, Karate Canada
• Coach, Ontario Provincial Team, 2014-19, Nationals and Ontario Games
He has coached at:
• Ontario Summer Games 2014, 2016
• Karate Canada National Championships 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
• Karate Ontario Grand Prix 1990 to 2016
• Ontario Karate Federation Selection Tournaments 2016-2019
• Independent tournaments, including 10 Kubota Cups, and 6 Iwata Cups
• Karate Canada Coach Developer of the Year, 2017
• Mentor Coach, Changing the Game, Coaching Association of Ontario, 2017-2019
• contributing writer, NCCP Karate Competition Development Manual, 2013
• contributing writer/producer, "Ultimate Karate", book by Takemasa Okuyama, 1997
• 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 1,400 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 over 30 years, he has participated in community activities, including as a volunteer and charity fundraiser. By day, he is a commercial photographer.