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PEACEFUL MIND WAY: TRACING THE PATH

Peaceful Mind Way Kung Fu comes from a long, traditional martial arts history originating from the Chinese temples of Shaolin and Wutang. Over the centuries our style has come to embrace the greatest teachings of masters from China, Korea, Okinawa and Japan. What follows is a brief and recent history from which our Kung Fu draws its strength.

Peaceful Mind Way represents our school’s core philosophy and mindset towards training and how we use our skill. We seek “clarity through the chaos” whether in a fight or in our everyday lives. The Peaceful Mind Way Kung Fu style is comprehensive, combining the techniques, forms and mind/body training from its distinguished predecessors.

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PREMIER GRANDMASTER YOUNG IK SUH

In the mid 1960’s, Premier Grandmaster Young Ik Suh, who had studied under Great Grandmaster Chul Hee Park, founded the Young Suh School of Self Defense in Burbank, CA. When Grandmaster Suh retired in 1976, he bestowed his style to one of only three masters he had promoted, Master Don Baird. Read more


PREMIER GRANDMASTER DON BAIRD

Premier Grandmaster Don Baird has continued to grow the style in Burbank and beyond for over 40 years as the founder of the American School of Martial Arts. In the 1980′s, Grandmaster Baird developed one of the most potent sport fighting teams on the regional and national stage. Peaceful Mind Way changed the face of competition by presenting a system of Kung Fu that also worked in the sport environment. Read more


MASTER STEVE PISA

Master Steve Pisa joined Grandmaster Baird in 1990 and has dedicated his life to the profound principles of Peaceful Mind Way Kung Fu. Its current form has been used by military, police departments, SWAT teams and civilians for self defense and safety. Master Steve welcomes students to the Academy of Kung Fu to learn this extensive system, forged over the centuries and sharpened by modern warriors. Read more