214 Eastern Ave

Gloucester, MA 01930

(617) 230 7368

Brenda and Ben Santora




Ben's Bio


Ben's personal practice of the fighting arts began as a high school wrestler. A lifelong interest in Eastern philosophy led to the practice of meditation and yoga. In 1985 he begain training in Uechi Ryu Karate with master Ihor Rymaruk (Amsterdam NY) creating a solid foundation and lifelong interest in the martial arts. After moving to Boston with his wife Brenda in 1989, Ben began training in the Zen Buddhist martial art of Shim Gum Do, created by Zen Master Chang Sik Kim, focusing on its empty hand martial art. This powerful training regimen in Zen Buddhism and martial arts practice was life-changing. In 1990 Ben and Brenda moved to Seattle where Ben joined the Washington Karate Association to train in the Japanese style of Hayashi-Ha Shito Ryu Karate. He eventually resumed his Shim Gum Do training and was awarded his first star black belt in 2004.

He continues his training through daily solo practice.



Baguazhang Circle Walking / Chi Kung / Yoga / Karate / Shim Gum Do



The Key of Internal Arts - Jinho Lee

Mindful Movement - Sang H. Kim

The Whirling Circles of Baguazhang - Frank Allen and Tina Zhang