Universal Shorei-Goju Karate System

 
 

Universal Shorei-Goju Karate System Black Belt Profile & History

Name : Benjamin J. Peacock
Present Rank : 9th Degree Black Belt
Present Black Belt Level (C.K.A.E.): Level 5 black belt
Present K.A.R.A.T.E. Administration Class : Class 5 black belt
Instructor's Name : Grandmaster James A. Jones Jr.
Instructor's Rank : Judan or 10th degree black belt and Father of Mid West Karate
Training Years : 46
Years as an Instructor : 44
Teaching Hours Logged : 54,240
Teaching Hours at Present Facility : 19,840
Position at Present Facility : Head Instructor / Owner-Operator / Founder of Universal Shorei-Goju Karate System
Date of Birth : July 28
Gender : Male
Date Registered with the K.A.R.A.T.E. Administration : September 9, 1987
Standardization Certification Date : January 14, 2011
Recent Black Belt Certification Date : January 14, 2013
Activity Status : Active
Present Background Check Date : Pending
Present Background Check Results : Pending
Type of Work Other Than Martial Arts : Electro-Mechanical Design Engineer, Artist, Computer Technician, Inventor, Carpentry

Shujin Master Benjamin J. Peacock is a Kudan or ninth degree black belt in the Universal Shorei-Goju Karate System. Ben became interested in the martial arts in October, 1966 when three assailants approached him and his friend one Sunday night and took several sentimental items from him while his friend escaped and did not warn or alert anyone of Ben's obvious problem and situation. After the robbery was completed and Ben was released due to an intervention of a woman looking out her upstairs window and voiced loudly that she had called the police and they were on their way. Ben realized at that very moment he must make a conscious effort to depend only on himself when it comes to personal security, if he were going to achieve a career in the city of Chicago. Ben was neither confident nor had he used a gun or knife as a defensive mechanism, so he opted to seek another form of self-defense to address his need for personal security. Ben visited all types of human survival gyms such as boxing, wrestling, judo and etc., and decided on karate as the primary option he would seek out and research. Because of his small statue, Ben eliminated any defensive study that primarily focused on engaging another persons body where the techniques were derived mainly out of physical strength such as Wrestling, Judo, and etc. Boxing was eliminated as Ben saw too much contact directed to the head and it somewhat was linked to the length of an individual’s arm.

Ben investigated as many as fifteen martial arts academies and was turned down for training because of race issues, his size and or his financial limitations. He was told by one of the martial arts centers, after they had turned him down, that if he really wanted to train in the martial arts then he’d have to find a black instructor as no white instructor would teach him. Before leaving this particular center, one of the instructors pulled Ben to the side and advised Ben of a martial arts instructor on the South Side of Chicago by the name of Jimmy Jones who would teach him. At first Ben felt the black belt was simply trying to be apologetic for his school's treatment of him and was simply giving Ben un-sound information to at least soften the disgrace he must have felt.

However, when Ben visited the school of the South side instructor, he was astonished at the way the instructor moved and taught his other students. Ben was additionally impress as he saw the school was of mixed races, both black, white and Hispanic. Master Jones had won him over before he asked about enrollment. Master Jones was a first degree black belt at that time and had won many awards across the country in martial arts. Master Jones explained to Ben that he would have to work three times as hard in all aspects of the martial arts as the other trainees to make up for his small size. Ben was no stranger to hard work and agreed to enroll in the training sessions. Ben did work very hard and became one of the top martial artist across the country competing and winning National Championships in Kata, Sparring and Weapons.

One of Ben’s accomplishments is that he entered 21 martial arts championships and won 1st place in all of them. Even today, his record has not been broken. Master Jones saw Ben’s potential and began to work him even harder and taking him to tournaments across the country to compete. Due to this intervention, Ben met and some he competed against tremendous personalities such as Victor Moore, Robert Trias, Bruce Lee, Sonny Ono, George Hu, Bong Yu, Ron Vanclief, Hidi Ochi, John (Count Dante) Keehan, Bob Bowles and many more prominent names in the martial arts.

 

 

 

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