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Women & Martial Arts

As a recent Kansas City Star article noted that although crime rates are down, retailers here and across country report greater numbers of women are buying firearms.

If you're looking for a non-lethal method of protection, martial arts expert Linda Hanson has some good advice.  She's worked with countless people - men and women - in the world of black belt karate.

In the second half of Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Hanson about how women can be pro-active about safety and how martial arts can help build skills and confidence that help people defend themselves.

Linda Hanson started her martial arts career at the age of 14, in 1978. She emigrated from England to the United States of America in 1984 after earning a two year college degree as a nanny, and once here she continued to train in Shotokan Karate. In 1995 she moved to Missouri and started to teach Karate for the YMCA of Kansas City. She is now the owner and chief instructor of Tamashii Black Belt Academy. Hanson has worked and trained with Sensei Enoeda, Kyoshi Terry Bryan, Professor Ken Baker, Sensei Tomita, Sensei Kawasoe, Sensei Ron Rogers, Kyoshi Raymond Montoya and many more.

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.