Gary Benson

Class Location:
Star Karate Studio (SKS)
210 Atley Street
Soldiers Grove, WI 54655

Phone: +1 608-306-2597
e-mail: g.benson[at]

Training Times:
By appointment only

About the instructor:

Mr. Benson has been actively involved in Martial Arts, for over 32 years. In 1981 his formal training began in Tae Kwon Do earning him a 5th Degree Black Belt in 2004. Mr. Benson has cross training experience in Boxing, Judo, Okinawan Karate, Aki-jujitsu, Eskrima-Kali-Arnis and is a Hardened Target Instructor for Law Enforcement. For the last 25 years he has been the owner and director of the Star Karate Studio in Soldiers Grove, WI. Since 1992 Mr. Benson has been teaching Inayan Eskrima at SKS.

It was at a Karate tournament demo in Beaver Dam, WI that Mr. Benson first saw Mangisursuro Michael G. Inay and Suro Hart demonstrate the art of Inayan Eskrima. This demo was the beginning of the Inayan Training Organization in Wisconsin. In the years that followed (1992-1999) Mr. Benson received I.T.O. Instructorship Rank in Sinawali- Dequerdas, Largo Mono and Kadena de Mono from Mangisursuro Inay.

It was in 2002 that Mr. Benson (by an invitation from Guro Keith, his mentor) met Suro Emanuel Hart and had the opportunity to study the complete Inayan system in the Inayan Federation of Eskrima (2002-2005). Suro Hart awarded I.F.E. Instructor Silver Medallion to Mr. Benson in 2005. Mr. Benson has been active in Inayan System III Eskrima since the beginning and has dedicated his Star Karate Studio as a location if needed for any future annual gatherings of the IS3 in the U. S. His focus on training is to learn all there is to know about the Inayan System of Eskrima as taught by Suro Hart and his Guro’s, Tom Skoglind & Keith Schuch.