32:Twelve Minute Convos w/ Rondel Benjamin


A lifelong disciple of Martial Arts, Rondel Benjamin has studied over 24 Different Martial tradition including Muay Thai Thai Boxing , Filipino Kali , Capoeira Angola , Russian Sambo and Brazilian Ju Jitsu. After 10 years of travelling, Rondel returned to Trinidad to pursue a lifelong dream – to discover the Roots of Trinidad & Tobago’s National Martial Tradition – Kalinda.

The depth, richness and present state of the art form lead Rondel with Co-Founder Kegan Taylor to form the Bois Academy of Trinidad and Tobago .The focus of the Academy is to protect the living tradition of Kalinda through archiving, immersion, dissemination and seeking national recognition for the living Masters of the art form.

The Bois Academy team realized the urgent need to revitalize the Iconic figure of the Bois Man in modern culture. They have embarked on several projects to expose key elements of this cultural expression in modern media. BATT has several Music CDs , has been featured in and supported 2 documentaries, authored 1 Book, and developed a very large music, video and literature achieve. The Academy has also performed and contributed to the annual Canboulay re-enactment celebrations at Carnival time. 

Rondel has recently assisted in the BFA program at the University of Trinidad and Tobago in the introduction of Kalinda and Capoeira into their dance program. He has also developed a program for at-risk male youth using Capoeira and Kalinda as tools for initiation and personal growth. He pioneered an anti-bullying, bully prevention program based on the No Bully fear Program and traditional African Diaspora Youth development methods. 

Rondel is co-owner and Head instructor of Defencelab T&T, Gracie Jiu Jitsu T&T
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About the author

Engel Jones

Engel was born and raised on the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He is the podcast host of  "Twelve Minute Convos w/ Engel Jones", an Entrepreneur and Life Coach. His passion and purpose is to help you the Entrepreneur find Y.O.U.R.S-Your Own Unique Real Self. After having 1001 conversations in 3 months he uncovered Y.O.U.R.S, a tool used to reconnect you to the hidden passion and purpose which are essential to creating a brand of Y.O.U.R.S. Engel believes and lives the principle of Zig Ziglar where you can have everything in life if you help enough other people get what they want.