CR Braun
Chief Instructor and creator of  the SanHoDo Budo System
Christopher R. Braun Sensei

  Braun Sensei began training in the martial arts in 1986 under the direction of Robert Brown Sensei at the Kenosha Youth Foundation. From that day on, Braun has dedicated his life to training and teaching the martial arts. Originally he was taught Shorei Kempo Karate, but has also added many other styles to his skills; including Shihequan (under Shifu Liu Chang I), Aikido and Kenjitsu (under Thomas Li Shihan), Escrima (under Danny Turner Sensei) and Pankration (under Master John Townsley). In 1996, Braun Sensei took over Brown Sensei's Karate classes as the head instructor, changing it to his own martial arts club which is now BKMA. 

   Braun travels to Okinawa to seek more advance training in Karate where he studies under some of the world's living masters (Yagi Meitetsu Sensei and Tesuhiro Hokama Sensei) and brings back much of the training that he learns. He is also a student of other great masters; such as GM Wendi Dragonfire, Hanshi Gregg Brown and Shifu Liu Chang-I. 

  He is a proud member of the Yin Yang Do Karate Association (which he is a former member of the Board of Directors), the United States Karatedo Kia, the former Meibukan Houkonkai, Feeding Crane Kung Fu International (which he is the Wisconsin state rep), Shogun International Kenpo AiKi Bu Jitsu & Kubudo Federation and a US Army veteran (Infantry Airborne). 

  In 1999, he was inducted into the Pankration Hall of Fame (click for picture) for his skills as a youth martial arts instructor and competition fighter. He has spent decades dedicated to practical street defense and the concepts and science within the martial arts. If you would like to visit the Pankration Hall of Fame website, click HERE.

   After years of training in multiple martial arts, Braun Sensei has developed a way of helping students learn martial arts that is unique to our schools. SanHoDo is a martial art system that breaks down training into 3 different levels for the students. We have taken three of our major styles to create something that is not found in any other schools. Those three styles are Shorei Kempo Karate (a form of Okinawa Goju Ryu), Escrima, and Feeding Crane Kung Fu. Other styles within the system that can be seen is Pancration, Aikido and more.

   His advanced students are also shown what lies beyond their techniques by teaching the science, philosophy, and more of the martial arts.

  Braun Sensei continues to volunteer his time teaching martial arts at the BKMA hombu and other locations. He is an emergency medical technician and firefighter. Currently he is employed full time at a local emergency room. He lives outside of Racine, Wisconsin (USA) with his wife and 2 daughters. 

   Braun Sensei is available for seminars within the continental United States if anyone would like to have him visit your school or location (for the full list of terms please go to the "Seminars" link at the top of the page). 

Special Links for Braun Sensei
Braun Sensei about 2004
Braun with Gregg Brown Sensei of the Shogun Martial Arts Center International. Master Brown is an 8th degree Black Belt and runs one of the largest martial arts groups in the state of Kansas.
Braun Sensei and GM Liu Chang-I. Grandmaster Liu Chang-I is the lineage head of the Liu family Feeding Crane system, from Taiwan
Braun Sensei and "Grandma" Yuriko  Sensei. Yuriko  Sensei was Braun's Japanese cultural and traditions instructor when we was a teenager. They met again years later at a seminar, when this picture was taken.
Here, Braun Sensei is holding his Godan (5th degree black belt) certificate that he received from Sensei Wendi Drangonfire. May, 2018
Always under the watchful eye during training.
Braun Sensei explaining a technique.
Braun Sensei during his training for the 1994 Goodwill Games that were held in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Master Bill "Superfoot" Wallace and Sensei Braun
Adrian Paul (known for his titular role as Duncan MacLeod on the television series Highlander) and Braun Sensei. Braun received basic sword training from Mr. Paul which he has adapted into his kenjitsu skills.
Braun Sensei during kenjitsu training.
Braun Sensei working with kindergartens on their "kung fu" respect. Braun was asked to visit this class to speak to the class about different ways to learn respect and discipline outside of the classroom.
Braun Sensei after a blue belt promotion of 3 of his students. (Max, Emily, and Ian).
A class photo from the Aikido class. Taken about 2008
Current Ranks

   Godan (5th degree black belt) Okinawa Karate under Sensei Wendi Dragonfire and Sensei Gregg Brown

  Sandan (3rd degree black belt) Shorei Kempo Karate 

  Nidan (2nd degree black belt) Aiki Bu Jitsu under Sensei Gregg Brown

  Shodan (1st degree black belt) Kobayashi Aikido/ Kenjitsu under Shihan Thomas Li

  Instructor Level in Shihequan under GM Liu Chang-I

Braun Sensei with Grandmaster Takayoshi Nagamine in Okinawa in 2009. Nagamine (August 12, 1945 – April 25, 2012) was the leader of the 	Matsubayashi-Ryu style of karate until his death. Braun Sensei had the honor of training with him at his home dojo over a few weeks.
Braun Sensei (about 1997) training in northern Wisconsin. This picture was found in a disposable camera about 18 years later.
In 1999, he was inducted into the newly established Pankration Hall of Fame for his skills as a youth martial arts instructor and competition fighter. Also inducted were 75+ people, including his instructor (Robert Brown Sensei) and UFC champion Ken Shamrock (picture here).
Dojo picture following one of our outdoor training sessions. August, 2015
Braun Sensei with his first instructor, Robert Brown Sensei.
2014- Group photo from BKMA students following training at the hombu dojo of Meibukan Goju Ryu.