Sensei Ben Andersen
Sensei Ben Andersen began his study of karate in 2001 and earned his black belt in 2005. He currently holds the rank of Godan (fifth degree black belt) in goju-ryu. His teachers have included Shihan Jim Chillemi, Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura, and Kyoshi Glenn Cunningham, among others.
Sensei Ben holds a Bachelors degree from Ithaca College, where he studied Stage Management. He lives in New York City, where he works in theatrical production. Sensei Ben is a founding member of the Edge Martial Arts team, and, as the Director of Special Programs, has the opportunity to oversee specialized training and leads EMA’s community outreach efforts.
Sensei Ben has competed nationally in kata competition, has a Level 1 Coaching Certification from the USA National Karate Federation, and is USOC SafeSport trained. He is the head coach for the Edge Martial Arts competition team. As a teacher, he enjoys deepening students’ understanding of karate at the intermediate and advanced levels, and hopes his students will, through their martial arts training, embrace the value of setting and achieving goals throughout life.
- Traditional Kata
- Kata for Competition
- Bunkai and Practical Application