has been studying martial arts since 1984. He has trained directly in Tang Soo Do (4th dan, 1996), Jujitsu (1st dan- 1991), Kenpo (2nd dan-1991), skki kobudo (1st dan-1989), ba men chun fa, ai mute shoto kan, iaido, and Modern Arnis (1999). He has taught in Flat Rock since 1985 under Master Noah Cadle, before opening his own school in northern Michigan in 1989. Returning back down river in 1991- teaching for master Cadle and continueing to cross train everywhere.
In 1997- he opened "Barker's Tang Soo Do" in Brownstown and in 2000- changed the name to Progressive Tactics Martial Arts. The school has been a part of the Brownstown Community since 1997 and has supported the community not only by offering top quality martial arts- but through community service. From various fund raisers for local citizens, police organizations like DARE and GREAT, to the "Adopt a Highway" program- Progressive Tactics can be seen through out the town!
Our Program and people are successful because of our strong connection to quality (Pictured left- Grand Master Dereke Batten- Go-Ti, Sensei Jaye Spiro Aimute Shotokan, Arnis, Shihan Bobby Peeler, me, Master Richard Plowden.)
In May, 2012, Shihan Bobby Peeler and people mentioned above- came together to recognize Mr. Barker as the rank of 6th degree black belt.
We are all each others instructors
We at PTMA are successful because of the many talented and wise instructors we learn from as well as the many white belts and students who come through our door. We can and do learn from all.
21311 Telegraph Road
Brownstown Twp, MI 48183
We are located inside the Brownstown senior/ rec center, in halls B & C. We are adjacent to THORN park on the South East corner of King/Telegraph, next to the Administration offices.
NEW LOCATION JUST ADDED: Cooke Community Center, 14100 Navarre St, Gibraltar, MI. 48173. Karate Monday and Thursdays 6-8pm. Little Tigers on Thursdays at 4:30pm. Little Dragons on Thursdays from 5:30-6:15pm.