James Benjamin Stewart

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Ben Stewart
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BornJames Benjamin Stewart
Ottawa, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
SpouseKaren Stewart
ChildrenSidney Stewart Saryna Stewart

James Benjamin "Ben" Stewart (born March 19, 1978) is a Canadian 13-time World Karate and Kick Boxing Champion, author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker. He has won nine W.K.A. super heavyweight titles and three W.A.K.O. titles. He founded Canadian Property Stars in 2004, and in 2008 wrote Millionaire in 90 Days "Working out at the Gym".

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Stewart was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. He attended Katimavik Elementary School and graduated high school at Earl of March Secondary School in 1997. He attended Algonquin College from 1998-1999 and earned a diploma in Small Business Management. As a youth, Stewart was very athletic. He started training in martial arts at the age of 9, and between 1987 and 1991 he trained in Jiu-Jitsu under Sensei Randy Cooligan. In 1995, Stewart moved on to American Sport Karate under Steve "Nasty" Anderson, where he went on to earn a black belt. Stewart also played competitive soccer between the ages of 10 and 13, before taking on competitive baseball until the age of 17.

Martial arts career[edit]

In 1998, Stewart was a Team Member on the WKA Canadian National Team for the first time. He held a number of positions at various times on the National Team: Member (1998, 2001-2003, 2005, 2008-2012); Captain (2003, 2009-2012); Coach (2002-2013); and President (2009–2012).[1] Stewart was also a Member of the WAKO National Team for four years (2003, 2005, 2007, 2013). Additionally, in 2013 Stewart served as President of both the WKU and WTKA/WKA Canadian National Teams, and participated as a Team Member in the latter.[1][2] Aside from competing, Stewart has also had significant success as a coach. Between 2002 and 2013, Stewart personally trained and coached over 20 youth and adult students to World Titles with the WKA/WKU.[1]

Corporate career[edit]

Stewart began his entrepreneurial career at an early age. In 1996, he started a landscaping business called "Ultimate Lawns". After graduating from college, Stewart took ownership of Steve Anderson Karate and Kick Boxing, a facility in the Ottawa area which he owned for several years between 2000 and 2007. In 2004, Stewart also incorporated Spring Masters - now known as Canadian Property Stars - a property maintenance services provider.[1] Since founding it in 2004, Stewart has expanded Canadian Property Stars across Canada and the United States. Stewart’s success with Canadian Property Stars earned him a spot in the Ottawa Business Journal in 2013, as he became a recipient of the Forty under 40 award.[3]

In 2008 Stewart published his first book titled "Millionaire in 90 Days ‘Working out at the Gym’". The book centres around Stewart’s successes in martial arts and as an entrepreneur.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Stewart married Karen Hilberdink on November 22nd, 2009. They have two children together, boy Sidney and girl Saryna.

Championships and awards[edit]

Title Result Category Weight
1998 WKA Worlds Bronze Point Fighting Under 86 kg
2000 WKA Worlds Bronze Point Fighting Under 90 kg
2001 WKA Worlds Gold Point Fighting Plus 90 kg
2001 WKA Worlds Silver Continuous Kick Boxing Plus 90 kg
2002 WKA Worlds Gold Point Fighting Plus 90 kg
2002 WKA Worlds Gold Continuous Kick Boxing Plus 90 kg
2003 WKA Worlds Gold Continuous Kick Boxing Plus 90 kg
2003 WKA Worlds Silver Point Fighting Plus 90 kg
2003 WAKO Worlds Gold Point Fighting Plus 90 kg
2005 WKA Worlds Gold Continuous Kick Boxing Plus 90 kg
2005 WAKO Worlds[5] Gold Point Fighting Plus 94 kg
2005 WAKO Worlds Gold Continuous Kick Boxing Plus 94 kg
2007 WAKO Worlds Loss Continuous Kick Boxing Plus 94 kg
2008 WKA Worlds[6] Gold Point Fighting Plus 90 kg
2008 WKA Worlds[6] Bronze Continuous Kick Boxing Plus 90 kg
2010 WKA Worlds[7] Silver Point Fighting Plus 90 kg
2011 WKA Worlds[8] Silver Point Fighting Plus 90 kg
2011 WKA Worlds[8] Gold Continuous Kick Boxing Plus 90 kg
2012 WKA Worlds[9] Gold Continuous Kick Boxing Plus 90 kg
2013 WKU Worlds[10] Gold Continuous Kick Boxing Plus 90 kg
2013 WKU Worlds Silver Point Fighting Plus 90 kg
2013 WTKA/WKA Worlds Gold Point Fighting Plus 90 kg

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