History of the Club
Chief Instructor Stuart Lowe has a wealth of knowledge and has been doing self defence training for over 30 years, he has always wanted to have his own club one day where he could teach a more practical form of self defence. Stuart started karate at the age of 11 and started Boxing and freestyle ju-jitsu at the age of 20, when he joined the The Royal Green Jackets.
In the Army he completed arrest and restraint training, as doing tours of duty in Northern Ireland during the troubles. Stuart came out of the Army and became a debt collector working in Toxteath, in this role he had to deal with some extremely dangerous situations, therefore his previous experience came in handy, also at this time he was doing some unlicensed security work, looking after people, there was no need for a licence in 1998, as SIA didn't come into force until 2003, back then you were recruited on your background experience and on how you could handle yourself. At that time only traditional martial arts were available to be learnt, but in 2007 Krav Maga found its way into the UK, a more realistic form of self defence that came from Israel. Stuart then decided to learn this new kind of martial arts under the Instruction of Tony Hughes, a very good Instructor with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Stuart then went on to do private lessons with Tony every week, training in Tony's own style KSCKM, Stuart also attended a club called FAST along side this training. Mid 2008 Stuart started his own little private club called SSD with 4 friends from different martial arts backgrounds, the main friend being ex Army and a military Boxer. Stuart wanted to build his own syllabus so contacted a friend of his from Essex, Alex who was a 6th Dan Master and so they began to put the syllabus together with the help of others, every technique had to be put to the test, so he asked his friend who was an ex bare knuckle fighter to use his street skills to attack him so Stuart could put his techniques to the test to prove the techniques work, Stuart found that he needed to change a lot of traditional techniques as they were not always so effective against a street fighter, Eventually Stuart came up with 140 techniques, that were broken down into 9 levels. while he was doing this he was also working towards his martial arts Instructors qualification and also holds an NVQ level 2 gym Instructor, therefore is qualified to take fitness sessions. In May 2009 the Club was renamed FORCE, standing for Fear, Overcome, React, Control, Execute. The club that was run from home started to grow and it was in 2009 that Jason Anderson and Stuarts son Cameron Lowe joined the club. In 2011 we moved into our new training Hall in Burham due to club expansion, with Stuart finally proving his syllabus in front of a panel of experts and he was awarded the syllabus and a Black Belt in freestyle unarmed combat ju-jitsu. Shortly after this our Club approached the CMAA who have recognised our club and allowed us to become affiliated to them. In 2012 Stuart went away to do a close protection course after qualifying Stuart went on to do Body guard work and now uses some of those techniques learnt within the club, Its now 2020 and Force Medway has been running for 11 years since being formed in May 2009, the Club started out with 4 members and now has around 60 members including the committee. Force has 180 techniques to 2nd Dan but you can progress to 8th Dan on time served, Stuart is currently a 3rd Dan and has completed his own gradings under the watchful eye of the Grand Master Stephen Bullough 8th Dan.
Stuart has also had the privilege of training and learning skills from members of the SAS which he shares with his club members, Stuart also spent some time learning wing chun to try and incorporate some ideas into the 2nd Dan syllabus.
Stuart has completed a lot of training with various special Forces units from around the world but Stuart never claims to have ever served within the special Forces.
Force does not teach complicated or unrealistic techniques, but instead teaches techniques that are easy to learn and very effective to use.
The Instructing team and Committee are dedicated to their members.