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Chief Instructor Karate Arts and Senior Vice President Black and Blue Productions, Inc.: Master Lee Barden 7th Degree

Senior Instructor Karate Arts and Vice President Black and Blue Productions, Inc.: Sensei Connie Barden 4th Degree


Sensei Lee Barden

Sensei Lee Barden is a 7th degree black belt and chief instructor for Karate Arts.  He has been training since 1973.  In 1983 he opened his professional Karate School with emphasis on adult training.  In 1992 children became his main focus, that's when he started the first after school karate program in day cares all over Jacksonville.  Realizing the positive impact the martial arts has on children , Master Barden continues to expand our children's programs to include character and life building skills that all children need to be a success.  Master Barden is the Team leader for the Neon Ninjas, he also teaches weapons seminars and private lessons to many instructors and dojo's across the country.



Sensei Connie Barden is a 4th degree black belt and has been training since 1988.  Sensei Connie is the After School Karate Director and Program Director for the dojo.  She is also our Cardio Kickboxing instructor and was the first to introduce the program to our area years ago.  She is a member of the Neon Ninjas Demonstration Team.  Sensei Lee and Sensei Connie have been married for 20 years and have two children.  In her spare time Connie is a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant.




Sensei Grady Lewis

Sensei Grady Lewis is currently a 3rd degree black belt.  He has been training for fourteen years and has been an instructor at Karate Arts for approximately three.  Mr. Lewis is not only a weapons instructor but also and After School Karate instructor and a coach for the Warriors Competition Team.  Grady has been a member of the Neon Ninja's Demonstration Team for many years and enjoys performing.  He has a special interest in Muay Thai training as well as extreme conditioning.


Sensei Daniel Benaitis is a 3rd degree black belt and has been training in the Martial Arts for 10 years.  Daniel is the instructor for the Mayport Division of Karate Arts, which he has been teaching for the last two years.  He is also a member of the Neon Ninja Demonstration Team.  He loves working out and teaching Martial Arts.



Walter FaulknerBusiness Manager Karate Arts President Black and Blue Productions, Inc.: Walter Faulkner

An Award winning Producer\Director with over 20 years of production experience with local Jacksonville, statewide and national sports & information productions. Technical Director of Florida State, Florida, and regional Football, Baseball, Basketball and other sporting events. Worked with the original Television crew that created the Sunshine State Cable Network, which later evolved into the Sunshine Network. Produced and edited talk shows, commercials, infomercials, instructional videos, large multi camera events, corporate events, music videos and everything in between. Co-produced a very popular local show called "Karate Arts" which was aired on the Sunshine Network. Co-owner of Black and Blue Productions, Inc. since 1993 with business partner Lee Barden. With over 100 titles in our sport martial arts library we are the number one sport martial arts production company in the world today.

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