Steve's family originated from County Mayo, Ireland before moving to Liverpool and Tyldsley, eventually arriving in Bolton. Steves Grandfather and uncles learned Boxing in the army & Steve"s dad"s stepbrother was Tommy Brown a well known local fighter.
From them Steve got his insight into Martial Arts.
From 1952 to 1953 Boxing at Bolton Lads Club.
1954 Unarmed combat. 1956 Ju-jitsu. 1962 Wado-Ryu Kempo Jitsu.
I started to train with Phil Milner from 1977 at Bolton, Little lever, Chorley, Sheffield, Nottingham, Scunthorpe.
Hence from there various other instructors.
" The photo of myself, my dad and Roy Petchey and others during an I.B.A. course with Phil Milner at the Peterborough Festival, i did the kobudo, walking cane and baton techniques "
The young Steve Costello on his search for Martial Arts knowledge trained under many of the north of England top instructors:
Walter Ainscow - Ju-Jitsu
Brian Blower - Atemi Jutsu
F Adams - Hapkido
J Costello (Father) - Judo
Mick Mulroy - Kempo
Frank Hayes - Ju-Jitsu
Grand Master Phil Milner - Wado Ryu
Training under Sensei Phil Milner
The story behind this picture
During a training session in Sheffield, Phil turned to me and said," hey do you know someone here is after giving it to me"
I said you must be joking, Then as we did the circle of death Phil called me over to train at the side of him, he said guess what I know who that bloke is.
Then he showed me the photo, I said OH NO! he just grinned.
I got the pain! all in good humour.
Christies Hospital, Manchester.
Steve's Friends and his many club members managed to raise many thousands of pounds for the above charity.
Steve and wife and friends were invited to the Christie to meet Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent as thank you for their services. (1980) Steve has traveled all over the north west helping to raise many thousands ot pounds for various charities, and persons to have treatment or fulfill ambitions because they were poorly.This is were tameshawari breaking tiles, wood, broomsticks, breeze blocks, flags and natural kerbs. pulling 3 ton mini bus whilst barefoot for 15miles, 20mile, and 25 miles. I give you a large thank you to all those who assisted me in the above.
Brazils Specials Forces COE
I started to train the Shock Riot Police, Military Police, in 1996 up to present day in the style of RYUKYU atemi kobudo, yawari, tonfa, baton bone breaker, flashlights, atemi - unarmed and armed combat, (self-defense) Special Ryukyu conditioning training of which I adapted to the needs of the special forces help with close combat tactics.
All of the COE members who I have trained have been dedicated solders and extremely dedicated to learning the art of RYUKYU and a team I'm proud to be a part of.