EARLY 1974, Grand Master Preston and his brothers, Grand Master Otis Baker and Grand Master Eddie Baker, opened up their own Commercial Karate School, called, BAKER'S DOJO OF KARATE & BODY BUILDING, which is now the oldest Black Commercial Karate School in Chicago. The Name of the Dojo was formerly changed to BAKER'S DOJO OF KARATE, EDUCATION & SCIENCE in 2007. Grand Master Preston Baker was the winner of over 500 awards in competition during his years of amateur and professional fighting. He and his brothers have taught over 20,000 students and have promoted over 300 students to Black Belt, ranging from 9th to 1st Dan. Grand Master Preston Baker has been training and teaching for over fifty years and is still very active in his School and on the World Martial Arts Circuit.
GRANDMASTER PRESTON BAKER began his study of Karate in September of 1965under the instruction of GRAND MASTER JAMES A. JONES, John Keehan A.K.A. Count Dante, who was the student of ROBERT TRIAS, the founder of the Shorei Goju-Ryu style of Martial Arts.
After studying and training hard for three years, he was promoted to Shodan, First Degree Black Belt. Shortly after receiving his Black Belt, he began teaching at Sears Y.M.C.A. on the west side of Chicago. He taught there for seven years and produced some of the top students in the midwest, such as his brothers, OTIS BAKER, EDDIE BAKER, JOEL B. WORK, BRAD HUGHES, HERMAN ROBERTS, MO SHINNER, KENNETH PATTON and many others.
THE BAKER'S DOJO FAMILY TREE LINEAGE is quite extensive and consists of some of the biggest names in Martial Arts. Go to the Black Belts page where all of our students who have been promoted to Black Belt - Degrees 8th thru 1st are listed there.Training At Baker's Dojo...
The Floor Instructors at Baker's Dojo are adept teachers of the Martial Art, Shorei Goju-Ryu. Students are required to work diligently and earn rank according their development.
We challenge our students to accomplish goals that they once thought were impossible. Effective Matial Arts training builds positive self-image, self-esteem and self-confidence that will permeate every area of their lives. We are not a very large school, which gives our students an advantage of premium, quality attention to their areas of difficulty during class. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your self-defense/fitness goals. Baker's Dojo of Karate, Education & Science offers Adult classes, Children's Classes, Senior's Classes, Self-Defense Classes, Restraint classes for Special Needs Social Services employees, Crowd Control / Security training. Please go to our CLASSES page for more details.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your self-defense, fitness goals.