Our Director

Hanshi Brent H. Baker

Our DirectorMr. Baker holds the rank of 9th degree Black Belt in Goju Ryu Karate-do, 6th degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate-do, 5th degree Black Belt in Okinawan Kobudo and 1st degree Black Belt in Zenkoku Ryukyu Kobujutsu. He holds certification as a Kyoshi (grand master instructor) in karate and Renshi (senior instructor) in kobudo and has been training since 1984 and teaching since 1989. He has been inducted into both the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame (as “Shorin Ryu Master of the Year” on April 24, 2004) and the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame (as “Goju Ryu Master Instructor of the Year” on June 16, 2007).  He served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Shidokan International Karate-do/Kobu-do Training and Research Federation from 2010 until 2016, and is the NH State Representative for the International Karate Kobudo Federation.

Mr. Baker received his Bachelor’s of Science from St. Lawrence University in 1996. His major focus of study was the field of Biology, with a minor in Education. At the time of his graduation, Mr. Baker also received his New York state teaching certification. Upon moving back home to New Hampshire, Mr. Baker received his NH teaching certification and began a career in public education. He currently teaches Science in Sunapee, NH, in addition to his role as director of Rising Sun Martial Arts. (His school web page can be found here.)  He also spent several years working as a teaching assistant in the American Museum of Natural History’s online graduate program, the Seminars on Science.