Local martial arts instructor completes filming
Rockford native and martial arts instructor Michael Benjamin has just returned from filming two videos for the internationally-renowned book and video publisher Paladin Press. His videos, Qinna with the Knife and Qinna Against the Knife, were filmed the week of Oct. 20 at Paladin’s Boulder, Colo., studios. The videos feature instruction in Chinese grappling applied with the tactical folding knife and Chinese grappling applied unarmed against blade attacks. The videos are now in the editing and post-production process. They are scheduled for release next fall, and will be available on the Paladin Press website and through their catalog.
Paladin Press was started in the 1970s by Bob Brown (of Soldier of Fortune magazine) and Peder Lund, a former Green Beret in the Vietnam War. The company specializes in survival, military, police and martial arts titles.
Benjamin is a graduate of Rockford Guilford High School and Northern Illinois University. A 27-year practitioner of the martial arts, he is an expert in Quanfa and Qinna Gongfu, Kempo Karate, and the Worden Defense System. He is the sole Illinois affiliate for the Natural Spirit International Combative Arts Federation headed by Grandmaster Kelly S. Worden, the official hand-to-hand combat instructor for the First Special Forces Group of Ft. Lewis, Wash. Benjamin’s articles have appeared in Inside Kung-Fu, Black Belt and Blade magazines. For information on his classes and seminars, call 815-229-8607 or see his website at www.closequarterskempo.com.
From the Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2013, issue