Kyoshi Linda Hanson is from England, and started her Martial Arts career at the age of 14 under the instruction of Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda, who was the head of the Japanese Karate Association at the time.
She immigrated to the United States of America in 1984 after earning a two-year college degree as a nanny. Once here, she continued to train in Shotokan Karate.
Over the next 10+ years, Kyoshi Linda travelled around America and worked for well-known people such as Ron Howard (movie director) and Caroline Kennedy (daughter of JFK). She also had the opportunity to continue training with some of the best martial arts instructors from all over the United States including: Kyoshi Terry Bryan, Professor Ken Baker, Sensei Kawasoe, Sensei Ron Rogers, Kyoshi Raymond Montoya and many more.
In 1996, Kyoshi Linda moved to Missouri, became a personal assistant to the CEO and President of Mobilfone Paging and Mobile Radio Communications, and started teaching Karate for the YMCA of Kansas City. She taught four karate programs for the YMCA in Independence, Raytown, Platte City and Parkville, and is now the Owner and Chief Instructor of Tamashii Black Belt Academy and a board member of the American Black Belt Association.
Kyoshi Linda’s unique combination of martial arts training and a degree in Child Care has proven perfect for teaching martial arts to children of all ages in the After-School Karate Program, Little Tigers, Tamashii Tigers and in the evening program.
After opening Tamashii Black Belt Academy, Kyoshi Linda Hanson opened the Adaptive Martial Art program for students with special needs and is now a Consulting Director for the Adaptive Martial Arts Association.