Don Baird

Don Baird, 2009
Photo by Joshua Liberman

Don Baird (born Donald E. Baird, May 15, 1947, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.), American grandmaster and teacher of kung fu for 46 years; inducted into the martial arts Masters Hall of Fame in 2009. He is also an accomplished haiku poet, composer and studio musician, graphic artist, public speaker, author, and editor. His haikai have won awards in the International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2004, 2005), the NHK Radio International Haiku Contest (2009), The Haiku Foundation’s HaikuNow! contest and Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems (both 2013), and the Santōka International Haiga Contest (2018). Baird is cofounder and editor of the online The Living Haiku Anthology and the e-journal Under the Bashō. He has written five books of or about haiku, including Haiku Wisdom: Living the Principles and Philosophies of Kung Fu, Haiku and Nature (2011) and Triptych (2020), a joint collection with Kala Ramesh and Hansha Teki, as well as six books on other topics. In 2021 he moved from Southern California to Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he manages the American School of Martial Arts—Wake Forest.


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Updated on August 3, 2022