Ben started learning Combined Martial Arts at the age of 5, and by age 12, was awarded his black belt.
He focussed on music at primary school, becoming the lead vocalist and guitarist in the rock band, and leaving school with an award for Choir Excellence and a cup for Performing Arts. At Intermediate, he played The Wizard of Oz in the musical "The Wiz", won the school Talent Quest and Performing Arts Cup, and went on to win 'Best Original Lyrics' for his song 'Push on Through' at Auckland Rockshop Bandquest. By the end of 2015, he was on stage with The Peter Urlich Group performing 'Angie' in 'A Strange Days Night' at Auckland Town Hall.
Now age 13 and in his first year at Western Springs College, Ben has been learning to dance. He has spent 2016 transforming his martial arts skills into ballet, tap and acrobatics.