Honey Badger Martial Arts Instructors Recognized at National Award Ceremony in Sandestin

September 14, 2012 by SoWal Staff

On September 21 and 22, 2012, two of South Walton's leading Martial Arts instructors will be nationally recognized at the Second Annual Hall of Honors ceremony in Sandestin, Florida.

Sponsored by Emerald Coast Martial Arts and Shinja Martial Arts University, this annual conference will be featuring seminars, demonstrations, and classes in a spectrum of self defense and combat techniques such as, Chin Na, Judo, Wing Chun, Iai Do, Krav Maga, Kajukenbo, and more. Highlighting the two day event will be the Awards Dinner, where the nation's top contributors to the Martial Arts are recognized for their efforts. 

This year, both Ed Berry, founder of Honey Badger Martial Arts, and expert instructor, Henry Patterson will be recognized for their contributions in Chin Na, the Chinese Martial Art of joint locks.

Ed is owner of For The Health Of It in Blue Mountain Beach and Henry is owner of Shorty's Surfside & Topside in Grayton Beach.

Ed began studying Martial Arts at the age of eight.  Ed's Martial Arts journey led him to study Taekwondo, Hapkido, knife skills, practical chokes, American Goshin Budo, and Kobudo – Shi-Toh-Ryu Karate -Do before meeting Henry Patterson who introduced Berry to the Chinese Arts of Wing Chun, White Crane Gong Fu, Shaolin Qin Na, Taijiquan and Qigong.

Henry began his Martial Arts training in 1966 in the art of Goju-Ryu Karate and went on to earn a Son Don (3rd degree) Black Belt in Isshin -Ryu Karate. In 1986 Henry was introduced to Dr. Yang Jwing – Ming (, where he began training in White Crane, Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong. Since 1997, Henry has not only been a student of Dr. Yang’s  but  a teacher of Qin Na at the YMAA Headquarters in Boston, MA, and was trained in Wing Chun Kung Fu by Yip Pui (Terence Yip of He earned a teaching certificate in Wing Chun under the Ip Chun lineage.

In 2004 Ed established Honey Badger Martial Arts to share his knowledge of self defense and the Martial Arts. Honey Badger Martial Arts currently offers two classes a week at 30A Crossfit in Seacrest Beach. Both Ed Berry and Henry Patterson instruct Tai Chi/Qigong on Tuesday evenings and Wing Chun/Chi Na on Thursday evenings.

For more information about Honey Badger Martial Arts call 850-366-3226, email or visit Don't forget to visit Honey Badger Martial Arts on Facebook.

For information about the SMAU Hall of Honors event, please call 941-812-5025, or to register please visit



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