(5th DAN Shotokan Karate): Originally from Paris, France, Benjamin began his martial arts training at the young age of 5yrs old in the Shotokan method of Karate under his father, Thadee Halcewicz (7th degree black belt in Karate and Expert 1 in Krav Maga). Eventually, in his early teen years Benjamin’s training expanded to include Judo, Boxing, and Thai Boxing.
(2nd DAN Tae Kwon Do): Born in Pusan, South Korea, Johee moved to the United States when she was only 2yrs old. Her family initially settled in the Kansas City area where she began her Tae Kwon Do training at the age of 10. By age 15, Johee had achieved her 1st DAN black belt, and won a spot to participate in the Olympic training camp in Colorado Springs, CO.
“The ultimate goal of karate lies not in victory or defeat but in the perfection of participants characters” – Gichin funakoshi (founder of Shotokan Karate). Karate is a martial art developed in Okinawa, under the influence of Chinese and local martial artists. Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knees, elbows and open hand techniques. Grappling, sweeps, throws, joint locks and vital point strikes are also taught.