Sensei Ben Andersen began his study of karate in 2001 and earned his black belt in 2005. He 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 has competed nationally in kata competition, has a Level 2 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. 

Sensei Ben holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. He lives in Manhattan, where he works in political communications. 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.