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 introduced 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 Kenosha, 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). Also, he does take on short-term live in students. Click HERE for more information.
Special Links for Braun Sensei
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