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 rare 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. Ben eventually resumed his Shim Gum Do training and was awarded his first star black belt in 2004. Ben continues his training through daily solo practice at Trident Yoga.   CURRENT INTERESTS - Baguazhang Circle Walking / Chi Kung / Shim Gum Do / Zen Meditation   FAVORITE BOOKS - The Key of Internal Arts by Jinho Lee Barefoot Zen by Nathan Johnson A Master's Secret of Uechi Ryu by Ihor Rymaruk The Way of Energy by Lam Kam Chuen Mindful Movement by Sang H. Kim The Whirling Circles of Baguazhang by Frank Allen and Tina Zhang