About To-Shin Do

SKH Quest & Dayton Quest Center Vision
Life Mastery Through Martial Arts!

Basic human nature is goodness, wholeness, and brightness. The most noble purpose of human life is to wake up to the truth of how life works, and find our way home to the power of who we are in the grand totality. Through training in techniques for prevailing over inner and outer challenges of life, we can recognize and overcome the mental obscurations, emotional afflictions, and cultural habits that distort natural human brightness and lead to confusion, conflict, and lack of fulfillment. We can break through dull sleep-walk living. We can awaken to the true nature of reality, and the true nature of who we are as persons.

Dayton Quest Center Mission
The Dayton Quest Center provides the Dayton community with a vibrant inspiring place and skilled motivating teachers for self-development and self-defense training in the art of To-Shin Do, and provides Stephen and Rumiko Hayes an international center from which to serve the world-wide community of To-Shin Do practitioners.

SKH Quest & Dayton Quest Center Method:
We will attract as many people as possible to our vision of wholeness, and enroll them in our programs that teach how to achieve tatsujin fully actualized potential. Our training hall and media programs empower adults and children alike to:
Recognize that fulfillment is possible, and then…
Learn to apply the technologies, in order to…
Achieve the freedom of personal fulfillment

We promote our Mission through training in our tested set of 3-fold educational emphasis:
Physical Training in the martial arts fosters a sense of peace, security, and safety in life
Intellectual Study of cause-and-effect dynamics leads to success and fulfillment in life
Intensive Exploration of the potential for actualization of the human spirit in the world

SKH Quest Technology: Our program shows students how to access in their lives:
Authority – to be in charge of accomplishing our own goals – our life is important
Knowledge of truth – to know who we are – attain personal peace through intelligence
Connection – to express who we really are – to share respect and admiration with others
Serving a noble cause – to sense we are needed – to expand goodness over negativity
Personal fulfillment – a sense of having space to live up to our expectations and dreams

SKH Quest Inspiration: An-shu Stephen K. Hayes has traveled the world exploring the martial arts as a vehicle for bringing out the best in life. Recognized as the dominant name in the martial arts for the decade of the 1980s, he is a member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame, and was described by Black Belt Magazine as “a legend in the martial arts” and “one of the ten most influential living martial artists in the world.” He is author of 21 books, and has appeared in television documentaries, magazines, and newspapers all over the world. He apprenticed under ninja master Masaaki Hatsumi in Japan in the 1970s and 80s. He tested his practice as personal security escort for the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Nobel Peace Prize laureate in the 1990s. SKH Quest To-Shin Do Affiliate network schools are run by professional teachers who share An-shu’s vision. SKH Quest Affiliates focus on all the technologies that lead us to evolve into tatsujin, fully actualized human beings operating effectively in all areas of life.

SKH Quest To-Shin Do® Martial Arts
To-Shin Do martial arts were born of the historical legacy behind three important roots of the ancient cultural heritage of Japan.

刀 TO – the sword
From the nin-po combat methods of the legendary ninja phantom warriors born of Mt. Togakure and cultivated in the wooded mountains and marshes of Iga comes the core of our physical protection techniques and strategies. To-Shin Do martial arts practice is a great way to reduce stress and increase strength, endurance, and flexibility, while fostering a sense of peace, security, and control in life.

心 SHIN – the focused spirit of intention
From the rigorous kuji intention-channeling training of the shugenja of Mt. Koshikidake comes the essence of our program for the discovery and development of the nine key qualities that characterize a fully actualized human being. We can achieve a more focused and disciplined understanding of the cause and effect dynamics that lead to success and fulfillment in life.

道 DO – the path to mastery
From the originally Himalayan esoteric mikkyo mind and spirit sciences of Mt. Hiei comes the technique of cultivating our unlimited physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual potentials. We can learn skillful ways to transform the inner and outer challenges of life, and ultimately come to grips with the very question of how to experience directly the significance of life itself.

忍 NIN – important symbolism behind the To-Shin name
The Japanese written character for nin, of Japan’s ninja night warriors and their martial art of ninjutsu, can also be pronounced shinobi. It is best translated as “stealth, endurance, perseverance, or ‘putting-up-with'”. We know what we need and we are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Nin communicates the kind of strength required to keep our eyes on the grander goal. We are not diverted, even when tempted to take on those who try to pull us from our noble quest by throwing petty affronts and insults in our path.

刀 The top part of the Japanese character for nin is pronounced “toh” and means “blade”.
This represents the martial arts technology we study to perfect, the sharpness we work to cultivate.

心 The bottom part of the character is pronounced “sheen”, and means “heart”.
This represents the resolute spirit needed to prevail over negative forces encountered in life, the clarity of our intention to win in ways that make the world a better place.

Together as the one single character for nin, the To-Shin ideal reminds us of the miraculous power of skill and intention combined to result in spirited intelligence in action.

TO-SHIN DO® – the training
SKH Quest To-Shin Do martial arts training is a thorough system of personal preparation for facing the kinds of conflict and opposition that can surprise us in the course of daily living. Our training program leads to the ability to live life fully, fearlessly, and freely.

SKH Quest To-Shin Do curriculum lesson plans effectively link traditional Japanese martial arts and meditation practices to modern scientific teaching technologies. This creates a cohesive form of experiential education both relevant and compelling in the modern world. Bridging the gap between the timeless wisdom of the East and the fresh pragmatism of the West, An-shu Stephen K. Hayes’ programs address the personal desire to explore the fullness of human potential in the physical, intellectual, and spiritual realms.

SKH Quest To-Shin Do instructor commitment is to improving the world one person at a time by providing our clients with the tools they need to succeed in life. We are in the business of teaching people how to win. Winning, by our definition, is getting what you need in such a way that you, your family, your community, and ultimately your world are better off because you have gotten what you needed.

SKH Quest To-Shin Do techniques at the core of our training method are based on an ancient and well-tested system of warrior disciplines handed down by nine historical Japanese family lineages. At the same time, our training program is built around a very modern approach to handling successfully the kind of threats and confrontations most likely in our own contemporary culture. To-Shin Do is a reality-based martial art that includes training in the techniques and strategies for dealing with:

  • Grappling, throwing, choking, joint-locking
  • Striking, kicking, and punching
  • Self defense when pulled to the ground
  • Stick, blade, cord, and projectile weapons
  • Gun disarms and safety
  • Knife and cane defenses
  • Successfully handling multiple assailants and surprise attacks
  • Overcoming psychological intimidation or bullying
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