Linda Hanson - is a 7th Dan, originally from England and began her Martial Arts career there at the age of 14. After moving to the United States in 1984 she continued to train in Shotokan Karate while working as nanny. Over the next 10+ years she traveled America working for such people as Ron Howard (movie director) and Caroline Kennedy (daughter of JFK).
In 1995 she moved to Missouri and became a personal assistant to the CEO/President of Mobilfone Paging, Mobile Radio Communications. Linda started to teach Karate for the YMCA of Kansas City where she taught 3 karate programs in Independence, Raytown and Parkville. She is now the Owner and Chief Instructor of Tamashii Black Belt Academy in Lee Summit.
Linda has worked and trained with some of the best Martial Artist in the world, but finds her greatest accomplishment to be working with children and those special needs in her adaptive classes. She has served on the AMAA Consulting Board for several years assisting instructors wishing to establish adaptive programs in their schools.
Gary Gione - is a retired NYPD Officer and the owner and senior instructor of Elite Defensive Tactics Martial Arts Academy in Yorktown Heights, NY. He has over 40 years of martial art and 20 years of law enforcement experience.
Gary holds Dan ranks including Ju Jutsu, Kenpo & Jun Bao Kung Fu. He specialize in both children and adult programs, as well as personal protection, police tactics, and body guard services.
Gary also has a deep interest in adaptive martial arts and as a AMAA Consulting Board member has assisted instructors with curriculum modification to meet the needs of their adaptive students and contributed countless hours of adaptive training video to our website.
Devin Fernandez - Has over a decade of martial arts experience, holding Shodan ranks inNinpo Ninjutsu, and in Kokusai Jujutsu Renmei.
Devin is the owner of Third Eye Insight in West Islip, NY and adaptive martial artist himself, as an adult Devin was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa and so he understands the challenges presented by vision loss.
He enjoys helping others with disabilities step out of their comfort zone and expand life experiences.
Devin has served as a member of the AMAA Consulting Board from the beginning and assist instructors and students wishing to learn more both the possibilities adaptive training can offer.
Brett Wolf - is the owner and head insturctor at Wolf Judo in Chicago and has been a Judo practitioner for over 30 years, he was a former National Jr. Champion Brett and is now head Sensei for the program. Brett competed for the United States internationally more than ten times and holds the rank of Yodan. He is an international coach for USA Judo and has coached on the Junior Pan American team. Brett is also a certified US Paralympic Judo coach for team USA. As a AMAA Consulting Board member Brett provides vast knowledge about adaptive competitive martial arts and contributes many student stories and photo to our website.
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