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AMERICAN SCHOOL
of MARTIAL ARTS

Established in 1964, Grandmaster Baird
teaches traditional martial arts.

CLASSES

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TAUGHT BY

GRANDMASTER BAIRD
Martial Arts

(Chang Moo Kwan) 1946

Suh Do Kwan 2013 서도관

(Kang Duk Won) 1956

“The School of the Way of Grandmaster Suh”

Kung Fu and T’ai Chi Ch’uan

Classes

Kung Fu

Kung Fu

Traditional forms of Chinese martial art are trained for coordination, balance, concentration, perfection of movement, meditation, discipline, and self defense. They are beautiful, powerful and amazingly effective.

Tai Chi Ch’uan

Tai Chi Ch’uan

Today, Tai Chi is truly one of the finest “moving meditations” of all time.  Millions of people train it throughout the world hoping to bring themselves greater health and longer life.

Children & Teen Kung Fu Program

Children & Teen Kung Fu Program

Our children’s Kung Fu programs are second to none. We teach our students using a basic philosophy of positive reinforcement to build self-esteem, confidence, discipline, positive attitudes and values.

Tai Chi Push Hands

Tai Chi Push Hands

Push Hands is a challenging art (drill), where the opponents touch each other to start and then play for superior position where one can find the perfect opportunity to push and/or strike the opponent. It is also played for joint locks and takedowns.

About Grandmaster Don Baird

Welcome to the American School of Martial Arts and the exciting world of Kung Fu as taught by Grandmaster Don Baird.

About Us

Established in 1964, Grandmaster Baird teaches traditional martial arts. He was also the Former Technical Advisor for the Burbank Police Department, and a guest instructor for the California Association of Force Instructors in 2010.

Welcome to the American School of Martial Arts and the exciting world of Kung Fu as taught by Grandmaster Don Baird. We are the oldest and most documented school of martial arts in Burbank, with a local history of almost 50 years. It’s also very exciting to note that our Academy of Kung Fu – Palmdale location is nearing its first decade and continuing to make a wonderful addition to the community!

Read more about our history teaching kung fu in Burbank by clicking the heading ‘School History‘.

In both of our schools, Grandmaster Don Baird encourages friendly, family style atmospheres and offers classes for pee wees, juniors, adults and police officers. Our current members range in age from 4 to almost 80!

Thank you for visiting us. We greatly appreciate it and look forward to getting you started on your Martial Art path.

2009 Masters Hall of Fame Induction

2009 Masters Hall of Fame induction of Grandmaster Baird
Far right: Grandmaster Baird standing next to Master Robert Deahl.

2009 Masters Hall of Fame induction of Grandmaster Baird

From the left: Grandmaster Baird, Ed Parker Jr., and Grandmaster Eric Lee.

Intro Video

Master’s Corner (Blog)

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Spell Kindness

Grandmaster Suh always chatted about life. He revealed quaint philosophies and stories that, if we paid attention, could change our lives forever. He talked about rust and how it weakened metal and related it to laziness weakening our lives. He talked about laziness and called it our “monster” …...

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Clarity in Chaos

It seems that chaos is the greatest challenger to true inner peace.  Chaos imparts confusion rather easily to the psyche of the human mind.  And beyond, chaos in its endless forms begins to dominate more of society, families and its individuals. Instead of being “peaceful”, people are finding “peace” through...

Chi Kung

Chi Kung

There was a time when it was not only natural but revered when someone could touch another to heal. Not hiding in caves or under aliases an ancient healer could walk the streets with appropriate pride and honor. Thousands of years of understanding and study poured out the hands...