Our Instructors
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 has traveled 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 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 for his skills as a youth martial arts instructor and competition fighter. 

    Braun Sensei continues to volunteer his time teaching martial arts at the BKMA hombu and other locations. His is an emergency medical technician and firefighter. Currently he is employed full time at a local emergency room.

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

    Instructor Level in Shihequan under GM Liu Chang-I


"May we never lose the lessons we have learned"
Itoshiki oshieo idaki 
- Braun Sensei
Andrew Woods Sempai

   Starting his training at the age of 8 in Shorei Ryu Karate, Woods came to BKMA and quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the highest ranked members currently in BKMA.
   Woods has trained in many styles, including; Karate, Shihequan, Aikido, and Escrima.
   Now a Brown Belt, Woods is in charge of all intermediate training of students and sits on the BKMA Head Council. He is also a member of Yin Yang Do Karate Association. Woods is also has a certificate in our Verbal Tactical Training (VTT).
"Martial arts isn't just a means to kill. Its the answer to all of life's questions"
-Woods Sempai 
Samantha Koski Sempai

  A personal student of Braun Sensei, Clements Sempai started with Braun at the age of  9 and has been a very dedicated member of BKMA.
  She has studied Karate, Aikido, Kenjitsu, Capoeira and Escrima. Besides BKMA, Clements is also a student of Shihequan and a favorite student of Grandmaster Liu . She studies with him every chance she gets. She also trains in Kobudo & Shorin Ryu Karate in Appleton, Wisconsin.
  Clements holds a Purple Belt under BKMA and a black belt with Original Martial Systems. She belongs to the Yin Yang Do Karate Association and the International Feeding Crane Kung Fu Association. 
   She currently attends school at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin but still finds time to continue her advancement in the martial arts under Pounder Shihan.

"Always focus on your basics. Without a foundation, a house cannot be strong."
- Clements Sempai
Braun during bag work. At this time, he was training for the 1994 Goodwill Games in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Woods, a proud member of the BKMA STORM Team, is showing off his skills at the flying side kick. The other students dont have any worries at all.
Woods and another student during mock fighting
Clements is a dedicated student who is always willing to teach the younger ones
Clements, also a fellow Aikido student, is seen here during Kyudo training outside of Braun Sensei's house.
Benjamin Fox

  Benjamin began training martial arts in 2003 at age 10. He first acquired a black belt in karate in 2008. Later he left to train in Brazilian Jiujitsu and shortly after taught Tae Kwon Do. Other practiced styles include Aikido, Bujinkan (Ninja), Krav Maga, Combatives, Street JKD,  Feeding Crane Kung Fu, and Escrima. He has a passion for sharing the endless benefits of martial arts.
  
“If you don’t stand for something you might fall for anything” Mr. Fox
Dustin Tody Sempai

   Tody has training in many of the styles offered in BKMA including Feeding Crane Kung Fu, Escrima, Karate, and more. He has been the leader in many different teams including our STORM team. Currently, Tody is the instructor of the Mirai Do Dojo and is on the BKMA Head Council. He is a man who demands discipline and respect from his students and always leads by example.

"If you want to overcome your enemy, challenge your body. If you want to overcome yourself, challenge your mind."
Tody Sempai
Braun Sensei 2015
Zachary Stover & Michael Towle

   Zachary Stover and Michael Towle are our instructors in Feeding Crane Kung Fu. Both men have been taught by Sensei Braun over the past few years and have attended a seminar by Grandmaster Liu Chang-I. Each of them brings a unique aspect of Feeding Crane that complements the other, forming a Yin Yang partnership in teaching. Both of them will be teaching at our Mirai Do Dojo and at Westosha Central High School. 
   For more information on Feeding Crane Kung Fu, visit the Feeding Crane of Wisconsin website.