Professor BANKENS is a longtime practitioner of the martial arts.
- 41 years in martial arts
- Professor Bankens began his lifelong journey in martial arts in 1978 at Lake Charles Karate school under O’sensei Rod Prejean in the art of Shotokan karate.
- Professor Bankens is a 4th Dan (Fourth-degree black belt) under The North American karate association today.
- Professor Bankens Is a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Professor Todd Nathanson.
- With over 24 years in jiu-jitsu Bankens believes jiu-jitsu to be one of the greatest self-defense arts in the world today.
- Bankens is a 3rd degree brown belt in Kodokan Judo under the USJA.
- Bankens was the Silver medal winner in the Heavyweight judo championship finals of 2015.
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