Grand Master Otis Baker is the oldest of the Baker Brothers. He appears
shy, quiet, and has a broad smile. However, this should not be cause for
underestimating his knowledge and abilities.
He is the second highest-ranking Sensei at Bakers Dojo. He holds an 8th
Degree Black Belt; and is State Director of the United Martial Arts
Master Baker began his study of Karate in June 1967 under now O'Sensei
James A. Jones in Chicago, IL. He soon became one of the School's top
students. He demonstrated his abilities by competing and winning at several
Karate tournaments in Kumite (Fighting) and Kata (Forms).
During those days, Karate competition was little less than a full-contact
event, and all the competitors were highly motivated. Karate was new in
America and open Karate Tournaments were new in were World for that
Master Baker, his brothers and Karate-Ka like them pioneered Sport Karate
in America and particularly the Midwest.
In September 1968, Master Baker began teaching at the Henry Horner Boys
Club, located in the Henry Horner Housing Projects on Chicago's West Side.
Here he was able to touch many lives, and give them an alternative to the
self-destructive lifestyles and harsh environments of the housing-projects.
Teaching his philosophy that has made karate part of his life for so many
years, and allowed for his personal appreciation of the Art. allowing stress,
frustration or any other personal challenges to be transcended in a peaceful
and productive experience giving the Karate-Ka a relaxed mind, sense of
achievement and personal empowerment.
During this period, (1968-1973) Master Baker as well as his students became
nationally rated competitors in fighting and kata, and were featured in Official
Karate, Karate Illustrated, Black Belt, Sport Karate and other Martial Arts
This is not only a testament to the skills of his students but also to the
teaching ability of the Master.
In 1974, he and his brother's opened the oldest African-American
commercial Karate School in Chicago located on 13th & Michigan.
Now located at the ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH - 356 E. 109th Street - on the
northwest corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Chicago.
In the 40 years of Master Baker's teaching of Karate, he has trained
hundreds of students personallv. and influences many, many more.
He and his brother Preston, founded the United Martial Arts Association
(UMAA) which was supported by over 40 of the top Instructors and Masters
in the Midwest , who saw a need to bring together and support all the styles
of martial arts.
They also formed the first professional full-contact team, consisting of
several of the top fighters in Chicago area.
He and his brother were featured in Art of the warrior magazine. As well as
books such as Men of Steel Discipline, Who's Who in the Martial Arts, and
the soon to be released Master Fighters of the Midwest.
Recently the International Eastern Grandmasters and Sokeship Counsel
awarded Master Baker the title Kyoshi.
Through Master Baker and his Love of Karate an enormous amount of
people have had the Opportunity to find that same support in their lives and
have come to love Karate as Much as he does.
I believe all his students and fellow Martial Artists would agree, that Master
Otis Baker's values, generousness caring attitude and respect for the Arts
has not only earned him the title Master but also THE GENTLMAN OF
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