Martial arts instructor featured in Black Belt

Local author and martial arts instructor Michael Benjamin has a feature article published in the January 2007 issue of Black Belt magazine (available now) titled “Victory is in the Eyes—The Role of Sight and Perception of Self-Defense.”

While this is his first article with Black Belt, Benjamin’s previous writings have also appeared in Inside Kung-Fu magazine (April 2002, September 2003 and January 2004) and Blade magazine (January 2004). A graduate of Guilford High School and Northern Illinois University, Benjamin is the only Rockford native to have appeared in both Black Belt and Inside Kung-Fu. A 20-year veteran of the martial arts, he has trained extensively in Southern Chinese Quanfa Gongfu and Quinna (third-degree black sash), Okinawan Kempo (third-degree black belt), Jodo Kobudo (first degree black belt) and Modern Arnis.

Last year, Benjamin attended training with Datu Kelly S. Worden, Grandmaster of Natural Spirit International and the official hand-to-hand combat instructor of the First Special Forces Group (Fort Lewis, Wash.). He was also utilized as one of Datu Worden’s assistants in the filming of a knife-combatives DVD. In addition, an example of Benjamin’s martial arts historical research is also featured on Datu Worden’s Web site,, under the heading “Modern Arnis Lineage.” Benjamin privately teaches adult classes on close-quarters combat and ancient weapons at Ohave Shalom Synagogue. For more information, call 229-8607.

From the Dec. 13-19, 2006, issue

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