Having grown up in a small farming community, Ben acquired a strong work ethic with a sense of family and community that are still the cornerstones of his life. In 1994, he moved to St. Louis, specifically to train in the martial arts. By 1997, he was teaching karate at Tracy’s and in 1998 he earned his 1st degree Black Belt.
Ben is a highly ranked competitor. A First place finish in his first outing as a Black Belt fighter was quickly followed by more triumphs:
1st in the Battle of Chicago, 3rd in the US Open in Florida, 3rd in Kansas City. Ben also earned rank and was a seeded fighter in the Grand Nationals in Niagara Falls. He proudly wears the coveted Checkered Gi, awarded only to the top fighters at Tracy’s. Formerly rated #2 in the world by NASKA, Ben continues to hone his fighting skills. In June of 2013 Ben was inducted into the International Kenpo Hall of Fame.
Ben’s proudest achievements are not in the ring. They are in the positive changes he sees in his students as they gain confidence in themselves. Many of his students have been rated #1 locally in their divisions, and he trains the #1 woman fighter in the world, Anne Kovac.
The Pratts are a true Karate family. Ben’s wife,Katie, was ranked #2 in the World and his kids, Keira and Logan,have started their path to becoming black belts as well.