Ben has been a mixed martial artist with Spartan Fitness for over a decade. In 2011 he began competing as an amateur and has since gone professional with various promotions throughout the Southeast. Ben has over 30 fights under his belt with StrikeHard, Atlas, Valor and others. Most recently, he received the gold medal for his division in a regional Brazilian Ju-Jitsu tournament.
Although Ben relishes stepping in the cage, he’s also passionate about sharing his knowledge of martial arts and fitness with members of the Spartan community. He enjoys working with students both young and old and does so through diverse avenues, teaching classes in Strength and Conditioning, Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing and Yoga.
He is deeply convinced of the importance of sharpening the mind alongside the body. Looking to connect the two, he turned to Iyengar yoga for its emphasis on detailed alignment, precision and breath control. Through his practice, Ben found a stillness within that he carries throughout his daily life. Four years ago, his ongoing search for complete wellness led him to adopt a plant-based lifestyle.
Ben has an affinity for wild things and feeds his love for the outdoors by swimming, scuba diving, hiking, climbing, and photographing wildlife in his downtime.