Hi, I'm Ben Mantle, a 6-dan Go (Weiqi, Baduk) player from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I've been playing Go since 2006 and started teaching in 2008. I am the Head Instructor at Toronto Go Club, former President of the University of Toronto Go Club, and staff annually at Anime North's Go area. My first real introduction to Go was through the inspirational anime Hikaru no Go (ヒカルの碁). From that point on I was bent on pursuing the pro dream; Go completely took over my life.
In 2009 as a 3-dan player I had the opportunity to travel to South Korea to pursue my dream more seriously. I trained there for five months and competed back in Toronto as a 5-dan player thereafter. Since then I haven't let go of my ambition, I merely gave it new shape—such is the flexibility required of a Go player!
Students say my teaching style is comprehensive, cohesive, and enjoyable to the point that it keeps them coming back for more. I focus on concepts and make use of novel and fun analogies. For tactics, I like to demystify the specific reasoning for individual moves instead of focusing on sequences and glossing over details, as this fosters deeper understanding. Although sequence should exist within the intent of each move, flexibility is key. I also like to stress reservation; less is more!
I am enthusiastically devoted to the progress of my students, so my services generally include additional perks such as tailored homework, curricula, and lesson plans, lesson overtime, and Go discussions over email. How about starting with a teaching game to determine your needs? It would be my honor to become your Go teacher.
Live Go lessons—typically over Skype, but text or other means are doable.
Play-and-Review, Lectures, Live Commentaries, Q&A...
Tailored curricula, lesson plans and homework, and Go discussion over email.
To me, a teacher is someone who takes your hand to show you the way. They accompany you on your journey and equip you with tips and new ideas. They are your map and compass, steering you back on course when you lose your way. They have the patience to answer even the dumbest questions in a calm and constructive manner and don't mind repeating themselves. A good teacher always considers the pupil's current level and praises or criticizes them accordingly. A teacher should have empathy and the ability to put themselves in their pupil's shoes. In my eyes Ben demonstrates all of the qualities that constitute my definition of a real "teacher." He's really patient, flexible and adaptable.Erik: English Instructor, 3-Kyu Go Player
I had the pleasure of knowing Ben when he was working as a Go / Weiqi teacher for Golden Key Cultural Center. Ben is an excellent Go / Weiqi teacher; he is very patient with kids and his teaching is easy to understand. He is also very dedicated to the game of Go. When he was teaching our summer camp, he always made sure all the students understood the lesson's material before moving on. We had many students and parents who were very satisfied with Ben's teaching.Joanna: Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Children's Go Class Instructor
Ben is an excellent teacher. In the short time I took lessons from him my knowledge and skills skyrocketed. He's always open to answer any question I fire at him or give me extra exercises. He shows great understanding of the game and how to improve in it.Giovanni: Software Developer, 5-Kyu Go Player
When the Toronto Go Club decided to start hosting beginner Go classes alongside its usual weekly meetings, Ben Mantle was instrumental in its success. He was responsible for running the Go classes and he prepared learning materials, taught the classes and also promoted the club’s activities. Without him the Go classes would not have been as popular. He can also be counted on by the Toronto Go Club for its various outreach activities such as staffing the Go demo tables at Anime North every year.Johnny: President of the Toronto Go Club