Instructor Profile

Head Instructor Ben Dawkins

Black Belt Ranks:

  • WYKKO, Yoshukai Karate, Nidan
  • American Kyuki-do Federation (AKF), Kyuki-do, Yeedan
  • AKF, Hapkido, Chodan

Sensei Ben Dawkins began training in Yoshukai Karate in the fall of 2010 under Sensei Erik Hofmeister of Athens, GA while working on his doctoral education at the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music.  The following Spring, he began cross-training in Kyuki-do and Hapkido and later studied Judo and Okinawan Kobudo.  During his time with Athens Yoshukai karate, he served as an assistant instructor starting at 6th kyu blue belt, receiving training in martial arts teaching at AYK and through the AKF Athens Certified Instructor Training.  During his kyu grade training, Ben taught Yoshukai classes at UGA’s Tate center as an expansion to Athens Yoshukai’s course offerings.  In the Fall of 2013, Ben promoted to Shodan (first degree black belt) and was appointed Athens Yoshukai’s senior instructor.  The following march, Sensei Dawkins promoted to Chodan (first degree black belt) in Kyuki-do.  In the Spring of 2016, Sensei Dawkins promoted to Nidan (second degree black belt) in Yoshukai and promoted to Yee-dan (second degree black belt) in Kyuki-do the following November.  In the Fall of 2018, Sensei Dawkins promoted to Chodan in Hapkido.

In addition to his interest in cross-training and teaching, Sensei Dawkins has enjoyed tournament competition, winning events in kata, weapons, point sparring, and semi-knockdown fighting as a kyu grade.  Although competition is not his primary focus in the martial arts, he believes tournaments are an excellent opportunity to receive feedback and to develop friendships within martial arts organizations.

Sensei Dawkins moved to the Spartanburg area with his wife Blair after completing his doctorate at UGA.  He currently teaches music privately in the upstate area and works as office manager at Spartanburg’s Best Buy store.  He believes that martial arts training has wide-ranging benefits to all aspects of life and is very excited to share his love for the martial arts with the Spartanburg County Community.

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