Chesterfield, Missouri


Ben Pratt

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.

Jake Schwartz

Jake Schwartz has been a proud student of Tracy’s Karate Studio for over ten years. He has been studying the art of kenpo since he was eight years old, and has reached the black belt level of Nidan. Jake is excited to be an instructor at Tracy’s Karate West.

In his spare time, Jake has been voted into the treasurer position in his high school student council, and leads the Parkway Central Marching Band as their drum major.

Allie Barrett

Allie is a very impressive martial artist.  She will accomplish something that very few people have ever attempted.; earning a black belt in two different forms of martial arts. When she was only 7 years old, Allies started taking Tae Kwon Do. After many years of hard work, she earned her first black belt. Still driven to improve, Allie started training in Chinese Kenpo at Tracy’s Karate. She is currently a first-degree brown belt, which is only one test away from earning black belt number two.

In addition to martial arts, Allie enjoys volunteering at Camp Barnabas, working in graphic design, and creating websites.

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