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Shifu Ben began his training in martial arts in the 80’s under Master Shaka in the arts of southern Shaolin animals Kung Fu, as well as the basics of arts such as Ninjitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, and Wing Chun. In 1992 he moved to another city and began training in the system of Chung Hop Kuen under Carter Wong’s top fighter. Sifu Ben focused on the arts of the Hung family Fist, Wing Chun, and competed in Muay Thai competitions. He was awarded the title of Shifu in Chung Hop Kuen.

In 1995, he moved his family and began his training in Ng Ga Kuen (5 Families/Animals), Northern Praying Mantis (both CCK Tai Chi Praying Mantis, and 7 star systems), Northern Shaolin, Chinese weaponry, Taiji, Qigong, and lion dancing under Master Manuel Marquez. Shifu Ben eventually earned another title of Shifu in that art.

Shifu Ben became involved in coaching Professional MMA and was a licensed corner by State of CA. He coached at various venues such as King of the Cage, California Fight Syndicate, and Long Beach Fight Night. Shifu Ben continued training and teaching in southern California before moved to Stockton to accept a job as a police officer.

Shifu Ben is currently a police officer in Stockton and also is a P.O.S.T. certified defensive tactics Instructor with his department as well. His focus is centered on the youth in Stockton and he is active in the community as well.

Over the years, Shifu ben has had the opportunity to train in various systems under great masters.

  • Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming in the techniques of Chin Na (Seizing/Grabbing). Shifu Ben was certified in Level 1 Chin Na under him.

  • Master Hao Xinlian in Ba Men (8 Gate) Kung Fu & also studied Praying Mantis, and straight sword under him as well.

  • Master ShienPu Tang in the art of Xiaoyao Chen Taiji (Hunyuan).

  • Master Louie Martinez – Ng Ga Kuen 5 Families / Animals – (a direct student of G.M. Ark Yuey Wong)

  • Sifu Robert Williams – 5 Familes, Tiger, Crane

  • Prof. Eric Barajas – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Arte Suave BJJ)

  • Master Ron Ruben & Susan Perry Aikido (Musubi Dojo)

  • Master Zhu Tian Cai – Chen Taiji & Chen straight sword

  • Master Shaka (Southern Shaolin, Boxing, Wing Chun, & various other systems)

  • Sifu Don Newton (Tai Mantis, Bak Sil Lum)

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