Having been a member of the American Black Belt Association for 14 years and seeing excellent Martial Arts being taught in other schools across the country, Kyoshi Hanson made the decision to open the first Tamashii Black Belt Academy. The focus is on teaching Martial Arts AND Life Skills such as goal setting, courtesy, honor and leadership is very evident at TBBA.
The American Black Belt Association was formed in the mid 1970's to provide a place for people to train and grow without the politics associated with many other organizations. The rules are simple - come, train and learn.
Having taught the martial arts since 1970, Master Bryan accepted the position as head karate coach at the Air Force Academy in 1983. Under his direction, the Air Force team was undefeated against Army and Navy and many of the cadets earned national ranking during his tenure. A strong desire to work with young people led Master Bryan to establish a national headquarters for his organization in Colorado Springs. Master Bryan opened his American Black Belt Academy in 1990. Teaching classical Okinanwan and Chinese martial arts, Master Bryan created one of the most recognized organizations in the country and with his years at the Air Force Academy, he now has students teaching in over 100 countries. He later got into real estate investing and started buying strip centers where the schools were lacated and finally a coaching program for others wanting to build wealth running a successful business and investing the profits in creative real estate investing. He currently oversees several schools through his area exclusive coaching program around the country through his Warriorwiz Success Systems Coaching Program with his motto, "Changing America One Black Belt at a Time!"
Kyoshi Linda Hanson 7th Dan
Linda is from England, and started her Martial Arts career at the age of 14, in 1978.
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 she travelled around America working for such people as Ron Howard (movie director) and Caroline Kennedy (daughter of JFK).
In 1995 she moved to Missouri, became a personal assistant to the CEO/President of Mobilfone Paging, Mobile Radio Communications, and started to teach Karate for the YMCA of Kansas City. She taught 3 karate programs for the YMCA in Independence, Raytown and Parkville and is now the Owner and Chief Instructor of Tamashii Black Belt Academy.
Linda has worked and trained with some of the best Martial Artist in the world: Sensei Enoeda, Kyoshi Terry Bryan, Professor Ken Baker, Sensei Tomita, Sensei Kawasoe, Sensei Ron Rogers, Kyoshi Raymond Montoya and many more.
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.
Kyoshi Terry Bryan
Having taught the martial arts since 1970, Master Bryan accepted the position as head karate coach at the Air Force Academy in 1983. Under his direction, the Air Force team was undefeated against the Army and Navy teams, and many of the cadets earned national ranking during his tenure. A strong desire to work with young people led Master Bryan to establish a national headquarters for his organization in Colorado Springs. Master Bryan opened his American Black Belt Academy in 1990. He currently oversees several schools in Colorado Springs and other schools around the country. He is also asked to give seminars to elite black belts and their students around the world.
Master Bryan's Knowledge of how people learn and how to teach in a non-threatening manner is a key element to his great successes as an instructor. Learning how to avoid physical conflict and trouble, in general, is what studying the martial arts under a master instructor is all about.
Master Bryan gained international recognition when in 2002 he accepted Ripley's Believe It Or Not's challenge to catch an arrow with his bare hand on national TV. Not only did he do that for them, he went on to do it blindfolded!
A few months later, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and used his Tai Chi and Qigong training, along with western medicine to put it in remission. Only 6 weeks after finishing his 8 months of chemotherapy treatment, he competed at the Martial Arts World Championships and won two gold medals in the masters division.
Mr. Bryan is recognized as a master instructor in over 144 countries around the world and carries the title of Kyoshi - Teacher of Teachers. Over 30 years experience in the martial arts and a strong academic background make Master Bryan a great teacher for those fortunate enough to obtain his services. All instructors are personally certified by Master Bryan. It is thanks to Mr. Bryan that Linda Hanson is as successful as she is today, and it is through his guidance that the dojo classes, including the After School Karate Program are thriving.