Tamashii Black Belt Academy


Linda is from England, and started her Martial Arts career at the age of 14, in 1978. She received her Black Belt certification through the Japanese Karate Association under the instruction of Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda in 1982 through the J.K.A and and was also recognized by the S.E.K.U. (South of England Karate Union)

She relocated to the United States of America in 1984 after earning a two year college degree through the N.N.E.B. (National Nursery Examination Board) as a nanny. Once here she continued to train in the Martial Arts.

Linda has competed successfully in martial arts tournaments regionally, nationally and internationally, including the British All Styles, Pan American Martial Arts Games and European Championships.

In 1995 she moved to Missouri and started to teach Karate for the YMCA of Kansas City. She taught 4 karate programs for the YMCA in Independence, Raytown, Platte City and Parkville. Due to the success of the YMCA programs and the encouragement of Hanshi Bryan Linda decided to open her own dojo. It is called Tamashii Black Belt Academy for 2 reasons

Tamashii means indomitable spirit, Hanshi Bryan used the word Tamashii often to describe Linda!

The American Black Belt academy was the name of Hanshi Bryan’s school organization.

Linda has worked and trained with some of the best Martial Artists in the world: Sensei Enoeda, Hanshi Terry Bryan, Sensei Tomita, Sensei Kawasoe, 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.