Jamieson (Jamie) Hanlon has been involved in the martial arts for the past four decades. Jamie holds a BA (U Manitoba) and a B Ed (U Regina) and has six years of classroom teaching experience. He has served as an assistant instructor and instructor for over 30 years.
He began teaching karate in 1985 in Regina and opened his first club there in 1986. Over the next few years, he also taught karate and self-defense courses for high school phys ed programs in the public and Catholic school systems. In 1988, the Regina-based club he was training with became part of the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF); he began training and competing in Olympic Tae Kwon Do, working as an assistant instructor within the club.
While attending university in Winnipeg in 1993, he returned to his traditional martial roots studying aikido and Goju-ryu karate. Upon graduation, he returned to Regina and started Budokan West, a popular non-profit karate club teaching Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu.
Since 2000, Jamie taught karate in a number of cities in Canada. In 2002-03, he was fortunate to live in Osaka, Japan where he trained under Chosei Motobu and Takeji Inaba of Motobu-ryu.
In 2005, he moved to Edmonton where he established Kaizen Dojo, originally teaching his root style of Shorin-ryu. In 2007, he formally adopted and began teaching Goju-ryu exclusively within the dojo.
Jamie has had the great fortune to train with a number of senior martial arts practitioners and considers himself a student first and foremost. He has studied in the following arts:
Okinawan Goju-ryu (Godan, Renshi)
WTF (Olympic) Tae Kwon Do (Yi dan)
Tesshinkan Kobudo (Shodan)
Jiu-jitsu (Classical Japanese)
Aside from his study of classical martial arts, he has also received training in various armed and unarmed defensive programs:
Police defensive tactics program and 9mm service weapon course of fire
ASP baton training
PR-24 baton training
Pressure point control tactics
CF small arms training
Jamie has applied his training and skills in protective services capacity, including working as door staff and close protection for celebrities and security at sporting events. While he views understanding and application of combative principles of karate as extremely important, his focuses on overall development of the karateka. Jamie shares his experiences and his passion for the martial arts with all his students with the intent of imparting the fundamental spiritual and physical lessons to his students as they travel the way of karate.