Shihan Steve began his formal training at the age of 12 and has continued to teach his beloved arts for well over 55 years. He is a proud man who instils pride in others and yet remains devoid of arrogance normally associated with a proud person, the colourful background and history of shihan Steve is a fascinating story. Shihan Steve liked what Bruce Lee once said " If somebody attacks you your response is not Technique No. 1, Stance No. 2, Section No. 3, Paragraph No. 4 simply move in like sound and echo without and deliberation".
Shihan Steve told me he used to practise on a makiware for when he did Tameshiwari ( The art of breaking ) for grades and charity but he changed it to a bucket of sand and a bag of dry peas, Please note this is not for children, nor is the twisting of joints as their bones are in the process of growing. Shihan Steve also stated that his instructor Grandmaster Phil Milner punished you if you came training late very frequent, you would go for a one man mile run with dry peas in your trainers hence you would not be late again also if you were a " chatterbox " when instructors were showing students Phil would put a deep sea divers belt around your waist for one hour in Kibadachi ( straddle stance ) . This installed respect and discipline.
The only regret i have is not meeting and training with Sensei Phil Milner in the way that i am with sensei Steve.
3rd Dan Karate, 1st Dan Kobudo, 1st Dan Atemi-waze, 1st Dan ju-jitsu
To practise the above in essence it is a combination of the most self-defense moves devised from the methods of hand to hand combat ever devised from the fighting arts Wado-Ryu, Kempo-jitsu, Atemi-Waze, Boxing, Ju-jitsu, Kobudo, Yawara-Jitsu Tameshiwari, Kempo Karate, Unarmed and Armed Combat. Your entire body will become weapons of self-defence and will enable you to deliver mild, serious and fatal blows.
To the attacker training and conditioning is hard, there are no short cuts. When i decided to begin training in martial arts for self-defence many years ago i searched for an art that would best serve my personal needs and the many and varied styles give me the confidence in myself and the techniques so that i may face any situation calmly without being plagues by self doubt, uncertainty, rapid pulse or shaky knees.
I have encountered weapons of the street such as: Knives, Bats, Clubs, Broken Bottles and Bike Chains. The training methods of the above give me the ability and confidence to protect myself and family from unwarranted and unnecessary attacks.
Your knowledge is your strength, my mentor the Legend Grandmaster Phil Milner once said to me " FEAR NO MAN " .
Shihan Steve Costello
6th July 2011 - Keith Shaw
Keith Shaw - One of our close members of the Ryukyu Karate Club died on the 6th of July, We extend our deepest sympathies your family and Brother Granville.
We had the honor and the pleasure to know Keith on a personal and sporting level and we are all very sorry to hear about his passing away.
I had the greatest respect for Keith and will be well missed by me and all our club members - from past to present.
Steve Costello - Jean Costello
International Ryukyu Karate Club - Bolton
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