Michael Brown (Primary Floor Instructor)
Nidan 2nd Degree Black Belt
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Sensei Mike Brown's interest in martial arts started at the young age of four. He faithfully watched
kung-fu movies on Samarui Sundays, and began informal training with his uncle. At the age of ten,
Sensei Mike began formal training under the tutelage of Sensei Maxine Purdue and her late
husband Sensei Dennis Purdue at the YWCA on 62nd & Drexel Ave. in Chicago. For a thirteen year
period he took a hiatus from the martial arts scene yet continued to read and practice.
Brown has practiced traditional Shorei Goju-Ryu since 2005. He resumed his formal training with
Grand Masters Preston and Otis Baker and in 2011 they promoted him to Nidan (Second Degree
Black Belt). He is the chief floor instructor at Baker's Dojo of Karate, Education, and Science in
Sensei Mike is well known for his quality of teaching, explosive kicking abilities, and mastery of
Japanese, Okinawan and Chinese weapons. A few of the weapons he is skilled in are the
nunchakus, sai, tonfas, spear, and Chinese broadswords. He is also accomplished in the
tournament circuit, having competed and won in many competitions citywide and in the Midwest.
Sensei Brown appreciates martial arts tradition. He studies, executes and analyzes Katas from
various styles of Karate in order to ascertain their lessons and their truth to be applied in every
area of life.
Sensei Mike's vision for the dojo and his karate pupils is to carry on the Shorei Goju Ryu system,
produce future champions, and to instill discipline, honor, and integrity.
Currently, Sensei Brown is cross-training, studying Akiyama Yoshin-Ryu Jujitsu with Master Ken
Keith the Founder and Head Instructor of the Takeo-Ryu Goshin Jitsu System in Chicago. Sensei
Brown understands that in order to be prepared for every possibility in a combat situation, the
martial artist must be proficient in both standing and ground fighting with the ability to incorporate
nage wazas (throwing techniques) and ukemi wazas (breakfalling techniques), especially when
dealing with multiple attackers. He is pursuing the "Gentle Art" from the ground up to earn a Black
Belt and to become an AFJ (American Federation of Jujitsu) Certified Black Belt Instructor.