Instructors

Barry Barker

Barry Barker

9th Degree Black Belt, Owner

  • Licensed Acupuncturist – L.Ac
  • Nationally Certified Diplomate in Oreintal Medicine – Dipl. O.M
  • Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP)
  • Began Martial Arts Training 1973
  • 1998 Instructor of the Year Golden Global Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • 2000 School of the Year – Masters Hall of Fame

Barry Barker (aka Mr. B), is the father of 5 kids, has 6 grandkids, and has promoted over 65 Black Belts. He is the author of 3 books “Mind-Body-Spirit: As Seen Through Martial Arts.” He is a 9th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo, a Licensed Acupuncturist, and full-time school owner and teacher for over 30 years, running Poway Kenpo Karate/Poway Martial Arts, which he founded in 1984.

Mr. Barker became interested in martial arts after watching Bruce Lee. He first enrolled in martial arts at Brian Adams Kenpo Karate School in San Diego, California in 1973, with Parker Linekin as his instructor.

Mr. Barker then dabbled in various martial arts styles until he found an Ed Parker Kenpo Karate School in 1980, located in El Cajon, California. That school was run by a very technical instructor and private student of Mr. Parker, Jim Mitchell (does the stance work photos in Mr. Parker’s Book #2). Mr. Barker earned his 1st Degree Black Belt at this school in 1983, with Mr. Parker as a member of his testing board.

In 1984, Jim Mitchell promoted Mr. Barker to 2nd Degree Black Belt and in the same year he opened Aaction Kenpo Karate, as a Jim Mitchell affiliate school, later changed to Poway Kenpo Karate.

He was promoted to 3rd Degree in 1987 and 4th Degree in 1990.  Shortly after Mr. Mitchell moved out of state, Mr. Barker formed his own Kenpo Association, the American Kenpo Alliance (AKA), to administer to his own Kenpo students.

Additional certification came in 1994 by Orned “Chicken” Gabriel and Steve “Nasty” Anderson, recognizing Mr. Barker as a 4th Degree in their United Karate Federation (UKF).  IKKA Master Instructor Ernest George Jr. promoted Mr. Barker to 5th Degree in 1995 then 6th Degree in 2000.

While continuing to teach Kenpo students, Mr. Barker expanded his training facility in 1998 when he opened a Muay Thai gym called World Class Kickboxing, later becoming The Boxing Club. He added Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2005 and MMA in 2008. All of that became part of what is now Poway Martial Arts.

He was promoted to 7th Degree in 2005 by Masters Rick Hughes and Willy Steele, both Ed Parker Black Belts and IKKA Master Instructors’.  In 2010 he was promoted to 8th Degree by GM Parker Linekin, with additional authorization provided from SGM Brian Adams. In 2015 he was promoted to 9th Degree Master of the Arts (MA) after completing his 3 book project Mind-Body-Spirit, recognized by GM Parker Linekin and SGM Brian Adams again and with additional authorization from Masters Orned “Chicken” Gabriel and Reynaldo Leal.

In addition to running Poway Kenpo Karate and Poway Martial Arts, Mr. Barker pursued his education and graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) in 2007. He is a Nationally Certified (Dipl. O.M.) and California Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.).

Mr. Barker continues to run Poway Kenpo Karate and Poway Martial Arts while practicing Acupuncture. In 2014, his school celebrated 30 years in business, and is highly regarded in the local community. As an avid learner and student of martial arts, Mr. Barker has also sought additional training to continue to enhance his own skills.

Additional training:
Ed Parker, Advanced Kenpo Theory • Jeff Speakman, Kenpo Seminar • Joe Lewis, several Fight Training Seminars • Steve Nasty Anderson, several Fight Training Seminars • Orned Chicken Gabriel, 2 Years Personal Training & many Fight Training Seminars • Brian Adams, Knife & Stick Fighting Seminar • Dave Hebler, Power & Speed Seminar • Richard Post, Knife Fighting Seminar • Rick Hughes, many Classes & Seminars • Willy Steele, many Classes & Seminars • Toke Hill, Olympic Style Sparring Seminar • Mike Stone, Martial Arts Seminars • Eric Lee, Martial Arts Training Seminar • Parker Linekin, many years of Seminars & Training • John Denora, Daito Ryu Seminar • George Dillman, Pressure Point Seminar • Prof. Wally Jay, several Small Circle Jiu Jitsu Seminars • Royce Gracie, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminars • Nelson Monteiro, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 2 Years Training & Seminars • Carlos Valente, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 1 Year Training and Seminars • Vic Zamora, Boxing Personal Training • Vincent Soberano, Muay Thai Personal Training • Melchor Menor, Muay Thai Seminars & Classes • Nelson Siyavong, several Muay Thai Seminars • Kaewsamrit Muay Thai Training Camp, 2 Weeks Bangkok Thailand • Cepeda Brothers, Arnis de Mano Classes • Krav Maga, Certification Seminar • CDT, Certification Seminar • Cung Lee, San Shou Seminar • Jim Tian, Tai Chi Chuan several years • Frank Primicias, Lo Han Chi Gung Seminars • Chen Sitan, Taiji Seminar • Rey Leal, Tai Chi Personal Training • International Training Program, Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine in Chengdu, China

Mr. Barker has been recognized more formally in other ways. Those recognitions are listed below:

  • Inducted Masters Hall of Fame 2000
  • Inducted Golden Global Martial Arts HOF 1998
  • Inducted World Amateur Martial Arts International Federation 2006>
  • Listed Heritage Registry of Who’s Who 2007
  • City of Poway Mayors Commendation for Civic Work 2010 & 2014
  • California State Senate Community Service Commendation 2012 & 2014
  • Inducted USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2014

2014 (30-Year School Anniversary) Poway Kenpo Black Belt Photo Back L-R: Jim Loevenguth, Chandler Robak, Dr. John Hippen, Jon Fear, Kyle Froland, Tyson Bowen, Justin Slawson, Dave Arnold, Ed Theodore, Daniel Barnier, Dai Phipps, Jason Gonzales, Dave Dunn, Steve Mattson, Heath Gross; Middle L-R: Rosie Ramirez-Barker, Vinka Valdivia, Denise Ellison, Nicola Ruskin, Brian Gist, Dave Rosenberg, Tyler Hammond, Sheri Hughes, Jody Wall, Cassie Li, Daniel Wolsey, Colleen Heller, Patty Alvarez, Hailey Sokoloff; Front L-R: Tim Mullins, Jordan Barker, Barry Barker, Joshua Lara-Barker, Bryan Taylor

All Instructors

Tim Mullins

6th Degree Black Belt 2010 5th Degree Black Belt (earned from Jim Mitchell) Began training 1980 (Instructor – Jim Mitchell)

Rosie Barker

Rosie Barker (aka Ms. B)

6th Degree Black Belt 2014; 5th degree black Belt 2007 – San Diego CA Instructor – Sr Professor Barry Barker – 7th degree Kenpo Black Belt Witnesses – Master Rick Hughes – 9th degree Kenpo Black Belt Associate Master Willy Steele – 8th degree Kenpo Black Belt; 4th degree Black Belt 2003 – San Diego CA; 3rd degree Black Belt 1999 – San Diego CA; 2nd degree Black Belt 1994 – San Diego CA Instructor Barry Barker; 1st degree Black Belt – 1987 Levelland Texas Instructor – Sharkey LeCroy; Began Training 1978 – Instructor: Sharkey LeCroy Certified Feng Shui Consultant 2004 Instructor of the Year – Masters Hall of Fame Personal History – Rosie Barker (aka Ms ‘B’) became interested in martial arts as a 16-year old high school student when a classmate demonstrated the flexibility she had gained through karate training by placing her toe on the wall over her shoulder with her back to the wall. That’s all she needed because she loves a challenge and was soon demonstrating this flexibility herself. She has trained under the top Professional Full-Contact Kickboxer in West Texas at that time, and one of the top fighter’s in the country, Sharkey LeCroy. This tough physical training developed her skills for competition in both Kickboxing and Karate Tournaments. In her competition days she won many fights and trophies in both areas. She is currently runs the Boxing Club in Lubbock Texas but is still affiliated with Poway Kenpo Karate and The Boxing Club in Poway. Her formal education is as a Legal Secretary. Additional Training: Joe Lewis Fight Training Seminar – Steve “Nasty” Anderson Fight Training Seminars – Orned “Chicken” Gabriel Fight Seminars – Rick Hughes Assorted Seminars & Classes – Ernest George Jr. Kenpo Seminars – Mike Stone Martial Arts Training Seminar – Eric Lee Martial Arts Training Seminar – Vic Zamora Boxing (many classes) – Brian Adams Knife & Stick fighting Seminar – Melchor Menor Muay Thai KB Seminars & Classes – Dave Hebler Power & Speed Seminar- Stephen Doss KardioKickbox Certification Seminar – Licensed Feng Shui Consultant – Tom DiFrancesco Boxing Personal Training

Bryan Taylor

Bryan Taylor

6th Degree Black Belt 2014; 5th Degree Black Belt 2008; 4th Degree Black Belt 2003; 3rd Degree Black Belt 1998; 2nd Degree Black Belt 1994; 1st Degree Black Belt 1991; Began Kenpo Training 1987 Instructor – Barry Barker

Additional Training: Mike Stone Martial Arts Training Seminar – Eric Lee Martial Arts Training Seminar – 3 Years Amateur Kickboxing – Rick Hughes Assorted Seminars & Classes – Richard Post Knife Fighting Seminar – Brian Adams Knife & Stick Seminar – Ernest George Jr. Kenpo Seminar – Steve “Nasty” Anderson Fight Training Seminars – “Chicken” Gabriel Fight Training Seminars – Team Quest Professional MMA Fighter & Trainer.

Heath Gross

Heath Gross

5th Degree Black Belt 2014; 4th Degree Black Belt 2008; 3rd Degree Black Belt 2001; 2nd Degree Black Belt 1998; Began Training Poway Kenpo Karate 1996 Instructor – Barry Barker 1st Degree Black Belt 1995 (earned from Jody Sasaki in Ventura).

Joshua Lara-Barker

Joshua Lara-Barker

4th Degree Black Belt 2014; 3rd Degree Black Belt 2005; 2nd Degree Black Belt 2001; 1st Degree Black Belt 1997; Began Kenpo training 1989 Instructor – Barry Barker

Additional Training: 5 Years Wrestling – 2 Years Amateur Kickboxing – Mike Stone Martial Arts Training Seminar – Eric Lee Martial Arts Training Seminar – Vic Zamora 2 years Boxing – Melchor Menor 2 years Muay Thai – Rick Hughes Assorted Seminars & Classes – Richard Post Knife Fighting Seminar – Carlos Valente Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (assorted classes) – Brian Adams Knife & Stick Seminar – Ernest George Jr. Kenpo Seminars – Steve “Nasty” Anderson Fight Training Seminars – ‘Chicken’ Gabriel Fight Training Seminars – Jo Abueg Arnis de mano (assorted classes) – Willy Steele Seminars – Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu Seminars – Tito Ortiz MMA Seminar – Cung Lee San Shou Seminar – SMAC Certified Judge – XMA Instructor – Nelson Monteiro Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Odie Neto Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Alex Palma Muay Thai & MMA

Brian Gist

Brian Gist

4th Degree Black Belt 2012; 3rd Degree Black Belt 2008; 2nd Degree Black Belt 2001; 1st Degree Black Belt 1998; Began Training 1993 Instructor – Barry Barker   Additional Training: Gracie-Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Purple Belt).

Dai Phipps

Dai Phipps

4th Degree Black Belt 2012; 3rd Degree Black Belt 2008; 2nd Degree Black Belt 2004; 1st Degree Black Belt 2002; Began Training 1997 Instructor – Barry Barker Personal History – Dai Phipps has always been a physically active individual and was involved in weight training when first introduced to karate. Shortly after enrolling her son in classes at Poway Kenpo Karate she had a slip and fall accident and severely broke her left ankle. Barry Barker (aka Mr. B) would encourage her to try karate when she was better. Returning to weight training after getting the okay to return to physical activity was a little daunting. Dai was concerned about the weight on her still healing ankle, so she started karate. Mr. B was right … Dai instantly loved karate and the full body workout it provide. She took to Kenpo like a sea turtle newly born, making its way to the ocean and through it to find home. Her hard work and determination helped her to earn her 1st Degree Black in just over 5 years. She continues to embrace and enjoy Kenpo and other martial arts.

Additional Training Rick Hughes Seminars & Classes – Richard Post Knife Fighting Seminar – Ernest George Jr. Kenpo Seminars & Classes – Steve “Nasty” Anderson Fight Training Seminars – Willy Steele Kenpo Seminars – ‘Chicken’ Gabriel Fight Training Seminars – 1 Year Assistant Instructor to ‘Chicken’ Gabriel – Carlos Valente Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Nelson Monteiro Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Jody Wall

Jody Wall

4th Degree Black Belt 2012; 3rd Degree Black Belt 2008; 2nd Degree Black Belt 2005; 1st Degree Black Belt 2003; Began Training 1989 Instructor – Barry Barker Additional Training: Willy Steele Kenpo Seminars – Emest George Jr Kenpo Seminars – Steve “Nasty” Anderson Fight Training Seminars – Chicken Gabriel Fight Training Seminars – Rick Hughes Seminars & Classes – Steve Muhammad Seminar

Dave Arnold

Dave Arnold

4th Degree Kenpo Black Belt 2012; 3rd Degree Black Belt 2008; 2nd Degree Black Belt 2005; 1st Degree Black Belt 2003; Began Training 1993 Instructor – Barry Barker 1st Degree Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 2012 Additional Training: Mike Stone Martial Arts Training Seminar – Richard Post Knife & Gun Seminars – Brian Adams Knife & Stick Seminar – Emest George Jr. Kenpo Seminars – Steve “Nasty” Anderson Fight Training Seminars – ‘Chicken’ Gabriel Fight Training Seminars – Ron Chapel Sub Level 4 Kenpo Seminars – Frank Trejo Kenpo Seminar – Mike Pick Knife Fighting Seminar – Willy Steele Kenpo Seminars – Rick Hughes Kenpo Seminars – Gene LeBell Grappling Seminar – Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu Seminar – Carlos Gracie Jr. Jiu Jitsu Seminars – Renato “Babalu” Sohral MMA Seminar – Tito Ortiz MMA Seminar – Carlos Valente Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training – Melchor Menor Muay Thai Training – Nelson Monteiro Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (1st Black Belt under Gracie Barra) David Arnold has always enjoyed competition, competing in Point Sparring, Continuous Sparring, Forms, Breaking, Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and No Holds Barred competitions.

Jordan Barker

Jordan Barker

3rd Degree Black Belt September 2014; 2nd Degree Black Belt July 2010; 1st Degree Black Belt August 2007; Instructor – Barry Barker Began Training 1997 (Age 4) Additional Training: XMA 1 year – Nelson Monteiro BJJ 1 Year – Kaewsamrit Muay Thai Camp Bangkok Thailand – Alex Palma Muay Thai & MMA – Poway High School Wrestling (4 years) – Palomar College Wrestling.

Daniel Barnier

Daniel Barnier

3rd Degree Black Belt 2008; 2nd Degree Black Belt 2005; 1st Degree Black Belt 2003; Began Training 1995 Instructor – Barry Barker Additional Training: Willy Steele – 70’s Kenpo Seminar.

Dave Rosenberg

Dave Rosenberg

3rd Degree Black Belt – 2011 2nd Degree Black Belt – 2008 1st Degree Black Belt – June 2006 Began Training 1998 Instructor – Barry Barker Additional Training: Steve “Nasty” Anderson Fight Training Seminar – Emest George Jr. Kenpo Seminars – Richard Post Knife & Gun Seminar – Professor Wally Jay Small Circle Ju Jitsu Seminars – William Chung Wing Chun Seminar – Remy Presas Escrima Seminar – George Dillman Breaking Seminar – George Dillman Pressure Point Seminar 1st Degree Black Belt .

Jason Gonzales

Jason Gonzales

3rd Degree Black Belt – 2005 2nd Degree Black Belt – 2001 1st Degree Black Belt – 1998. Began Training 1993 Instructor – Barry Barker. Additional Training: Brian Adams – Knife & Stick Seminar – Ernest George Jr. – Kenpo Seminar – Rick Hughes – Assorted Seminars & Classes – Richard Post – Knife Fighting Seminar – Carlos Valente – 5+ years Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

John Weaver

John Weaver

3rd Degree Black Belt – 2005 2nd Degree Black Belt – 2001 1st Degree Black Belt – 1998 Began Training 1991 Instructor – Barry Barker.

Kyle Froland

Kyle Froland

2nd Degree Black Belt 2011; 1st Degree Black Belt 2008; Began Kenpo Training 2001.

Nicola Ruskin

Nicola Ruskin

2nd Degree Black Belt – 2011 1st Degree Black Belt – July 2009 Instructor – Barry Barker Began Kenpo Training 2002 Additional Training: Blue Belt BJJ.

Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson

2nd Degree Black Belt – 2011 1st Degree Black Belt – July 2009 Instructor – Barry Barker Began Training 2002 Additional Training Muay Thai & Boxing several years.

Maranda Li

Maranda Li

1st Degree Black Belt 2010 Began Kenpo Training 2000.

Cassie Li

Cassie Li

2nd Degree Black Belt July 2015; 1st Degree Black Belt 2010 Began Kenpo Training 2000 (Age 3 & 2 weeks old – Youngest student ever at Poway Kenpo)

Ed Theodore

Ed Theodore

1st Degree Black Belt 2011
Instructor – Barry Barker
Began Training 2003

Trevor Jackson

Trevor Jackson

1st Degree Black Belt July 2009
Instructor – Barry Barker
Began Training 2001

Alex Stanich

Alex Stanich

2nd Degree Black Belt 2005.
1st Degree Black Belt 2003
Instructor – Barry Barker.
Began Training 1998
Additional Training:
SMAC Certified Judge
Willy Steele – 70’s Kenpo Seminar
XMA Instructor

Ian Bloom

Ian Bloom

2nd Degree Black Belt – August 2007
1st Degree Black Belt – June 2005
Instructor – Barry Barker
Began Training 1998

Additional Training:
Willy Steele – 70s Kenpo Seminar

Denise Ellison

Denise Ellison

2nd Degree Black Belt – August 2007
1st Degree Black Belt – June 2005
Instructor – Barry Barker
Began Training 1997

Additional Training:
Willy Steele – 70s Kenpo Seminar

Ryan Ellison

Ryan Ellison

2nd Degree Black Belt – August 2007
1st Degree Black Belt – June 2005
Instructor – Barry Barker
Began Training 1997

Additional Training:
Willy Steele – 70s Kenpo Seminar
Nelson Monteiro – BJJ a Year
Kaewsamrit Muay Thai Camp – Bangkok Thailand

Tyson Bowen

Tyson Bowen

2nd Degree Black Belt – 2005
1st Degree Black Belt – 2003
Instructor – Barry Barker
Began Training 1991

Additional Training:
Willy Steele – 70s Kenpo Seminar

Obleo Nobles

Obleo Nobles

2nd Degree Black Belt – August 2007 1st Degree Black Belt – June 2004 Began Training 1998 Instructor – Barry Barker Additional Training Willy Steele – 70’s Kenpo Seminar.

David Dunn

David Dunn

1st Degree Black Belt – 2003 Began Training 1992 Instructor – Barry Barker Additional Training Willy Steele – 70’s Kenpo Seminar.

Jim Loevenguth

Jim Loevenguth

1st Degree Black Belt – June 2005 Began Training 1999 Instructor – Barry Barker.

Tara Trujillo

Tara Trujillo

1st Degree Black Belt – August 2007 Began Training 1999 Instructor – Barry Barker Additional Training: XMA – one year

Aimee Trujillo

Aimee Trujillo

1st Degree Black Belt – August 2007
Began Training 1999 Instructor – Barry Barker
Additional Training: XMA – one year

Eric Aguigam

Eric Aguigam

1st Degree Black Belt – August 2007
Began Training 1999
Instructor – Barry Barker

Colleen Heller

Colleen Heller

2nd Degree Black Belt – 2005 1st Degree Black Belt – 2002 Began Training 1990 Instructor – Barry Barker Additional Training: Willy Steele – 70’s Kenpo Seminar

Brian Eisenberg

Brian Eisenberg

1st Degree Black Belt – 2005 Began Training 1990 Instructor – Barry Barker Additional Training: Willy Steele – 70’s Kenpo Seminar

Personal History – Brian Eisenberg started training in 1990 at the age of eleven after being inspired by the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Brian had no idea what martial arts style or school to begin with, but luckily the nearest school was Poway Kenpo. As he progressed through the ranks, he also progressed through adolescence and decided to stop training at 3rd Brown after graduating high school in 1997. He then became a full time college student, pursing his other passion, music. After graduating with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from San Diego State University, he resumed training in 2004. Brian earned his 1st degree Black Belt summer 2005. Since receiving his Black Belt, Brian has been working periodically on cruise ships as a pianist traveling the world. Brian plans to continue his practice of the art wherever life takes him.

Aaron Harlan

Aaron Harlan

2nd Degree Black Belt – 2005 1st Degree Black Belt – 2005
Instructor – Barry Barker
Additional Training: Willy Steele – 70’s Kenpo Seminar

Daniel Wolsey

Daniel Wolsey

1st Degree Black Belt – June 2004
Instructor – Barry Barker

Scott Hoffman

Scott Hoffman

1st Degree Black Belt Instructor – Barry Barker Began Training 2001

Sheri Hughes

Sheri Hughes

1st Degree Black Belt Instructor – Barry Barker Began Training 2004

Ryan Strommer

Ryan Strommer

1st Degree Black Belt Instructor – Barry Barker Began Training 2004

Kyle Strommer

Kyle Strommer

1st Degree Black Belt Instructor – Barry Barker Began Training 2004