Linda Van Donk
Good Comes in Endless Ways"CGayle
Van Donk was born in Mass. on July 9.
Linda Van Donk's Martial Arts Profile
Linda started martial arts in High School when she joined a
fencing class. She loved the foil for it's quickness and that
it was as demanding for her mind as it was for her body. Linda,
a Senior Shidoshi (10th dan) is the Director of Training
for the American Bujinkan Dojos.
Van Donk is the Founder and Director of the IBDA/American Bujinkan
Dojos (Ninjutsu) and Bushindo Martial Arts University operating
world wide in over 60 countries with its International Dojo
Headquarters in Middletown, (Northern) California, U.S.A.
Linda earned a degree in cultural & physical Anthropology.
She is a film producer of over 25 martial arts and self improvement
titles as well as the senior editor for Bushindo University
She is the director of the American Bujinkan Dojo and President
of Bushindo Inc.
Shihan Linda is one of the highest ranking female Bujinkan Ninjutsu
Shidoshi (Instructors) holding the rank of 10th Dan in Ninjutsu
granted directly from Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi, and the only
Level 6 instructor of Dynamic DeCuerdas Eskrima (she was a personal
student of the late DeCuerdas Grandmaster Gilbert Tenio).
Linda Van Donk has received her ranking direct from Soke Hatsumi
and has trained with him in Japan and around the world at various
tai kais over the years since 1986. She started training in
Ninjutsu with her now husband Richard in 1985.
In May 1995 Linda passed her 5th degree test at the Tuscon Tai
Kai in front of a panel of Shihan teachers. Linda became one
of the very few females in the world to ever take this coveted
sakki test directly from Soke Hatsumi and pass the very first
time. Soke Hatsumi awarded Shihan Linda Van Donk her 10th degree
Blackbelt Menkyo license on Dec. 2, 1995 (Soke Hatsumi's Birthday)
after she brought 4 signed recommendations from some of the
very top Bujinkan Shihan on April 2nd, 2004 (Takamatsu Resurrection
Tai Kai). Shihan Linda has been responsible for pioneering the
Ninjutsu Blackbelt course created by Shihan Richard Van Donk
around the world so that people without teachers nearby could
have a way to train in this wonderful. It is through her compassion
that the art has grown as it has around the world.
True DeCuerdas is a pure blade fighting system that is one of
the rarest mother systems of Eskrima. DeCuerdas means to windup
as in winding a watch ('spring forward') and has deep spiritual
and philosophical roots as well as a very powerful weapons art..
Linda Van Donk has earned the rare title of Master (Professor)
and Level 6 (Level 7 is the highest) in Dynamic DeCuerdas Eskrima
from Grandmaster Richard Van Donk, an inheriting GM. Linda studied
diligently with Grandmaster Tenio for many years before his
Linda considers herself to be a perpetual seeker of truth. She
has traveled around the world visiting, meditating, and studying
sacred places and people such as the Pyramids & Nile temples
in Egypt, Satgurus & Temples all over India, Dogzen Empowerments
directly from the Dalai Lama, Stonehenge, Glastonbury &
Avebury in England, Mt. Shasta, Ca., American Indian holy sites,
Mikkyo Temples in Japan, Central American ancient civilizations
of Palenque, Teotihuacan and several others deep in the jungles
of Mexico, etc. searching and studying aspects of spirituality
Linda loves to learn. She is always reading 4 or 5 books at
a time. Education and awareness is the way to overcome ignorance.
Her major in college was anthropology where she received a cultural
and physical anthropology degree. Also being interested in healing
and nutrition she has received certifications in Reiki, several
massage schools, and lymphology She is certified in Silva Mind
Control, brain mind sciences, Hypnotherapy, Kriya Yoga, and
NLP (Neurolinguistic programming) at the trainer level. She
has explored skydiving, firewalking, hot springs, burningman,
music festivals, and Goddess events. She is a film producer
of over 25 martial arts and self improvement titles as well
as the senior editor for Bushindo University Publications. She
is the director of the American Bujinkan Dojo and President
of Bushindo Inc.. Spiritual Name: Yamuna Lotus Star