Mars Hill Shotokan (Club)

Mars Hill Shotokan karate club







We are members of the United Shotokan Karate Federation based in Memphis,
TN. The USKF is affiliated with the International Traditional Karate
Federation (governing body for karate), American Amateur Karate Federation,
and the Japan Karate Association. 

Sensei Don Linville, 3rd Dan (Sandan) received his training from Sensei Jamal Al Bakkar of Raleigh, NC (JKA affiliate) and Sensei Jim Baize of Memphis, TN (ITKA and United Shotokan Karate Federation (USKF) Chief Instructor.  He is a lifetime member of the JKA and tested under Sensei Nishiyama for Shodan and Nidan Black Belt rankings.  He tested under Sensei Baize for his Sandan Black Belt ranking, recognized by ITKF and USKF.  He has 25 years of Karate experience, including several seminars and tournaments, with 10 years teaching experience.

Sensei Linville has achieved the following ranks.

Shodan (AAKF)

Nidan (AAKF)

Yondan (USKF)

Sensei Linville has had the honor to have tested and trained under Master Hidetaka Nishiyama. 




Doug Olson Sempai (Senior Student Assistant Instructor)

Doug Olson began his martial arts journey in 1984 studying Karakido Karate (created by Roger Jones by combining techniques from several martial arts Shotokan being one) under Sensei Roger Jones. Under Sensei Roger, Doug reached the rank of 1st Kyu (Brown Belt).  After a few years of not being involved with the dojo due to injury, Doug resumed his study under Patrick Bohanon  who at that time was Sandan (3rd Dan, Karakido Karate). Under Sensei Patrick, Doug earned the rank of Shodan, (1st Dan, Black Belt, Karakido Karate) in September 1989.  In 1991 Doug moved and was not able to find a school to suit his liking, so continued to train on his own until 2003.

In September 2003 Doug began my study of traditional Shotokan Karate under Sensei Don Linville, Yondan  (4th Dan, Shotokan Karate).  In February 2006, under Sensei  Linville, Doug earned the rank of Shodan, (1st Dan) in Shotokan Karate. 


Doug Received his Nidan (2nd Dan) Rank at our tournament in September 2009.  Tested under Sensei Linville.


Currently Doug is Sandan (3rd Dan).


“I feel that I have now found my martial arts “home”.  I love the history, artistry and tradition of Shotokan Karate.  And as Sensei Don will point out, I love that it is a “hard” style.  I believe that Shotokan Karate is equally useful as a means of self defense, it just takes a little longer to perfect due to it’s focus on the “mastery” of techniques and then putting them to use as self defense applications.  I am quick to tell anyone that it is well worth the time and effort.” (Doug Olson).


In addition to his training in Karakido and Shotokan, Doug has had many years of unarmed self defense training through law enforcement and the Department of corrections.