Hakim's New Dojo

My long-time friend Hakim Isler has returned to civilian life after more than a year in the sands of Iraq as a member of the U.S. Army. Hakim’s combat experiences have made him even more determined to share the SKH Quest To-Shin martial art and 14-point Code of Mindful Action with as many people as possible.

To-Shin Do 2nd Degree Black Belt Hakim Isler has opened a full-time professional school in downtown Fayetville, North Carolina, to help bring To-Shin Do warrior protector lessons in empowerment, strength, authenticity, and compassion under the stresses of conflict and uncertainty to active combat military personnel, adult business professionals, and young people alike.

Hakim and DJ, during Hakim’s days as Spirit Quest Instructor in Dayton, Ohio

I am aware that some military branches feature spirit-builder training based on sport grappling or sport boxing, and I am on record as endorsing the values of such spirit-building programs for young men and women preparing for military service. But of course theseĀ sports programs are by nature spirit-builders only and are not practical techniques to preservelives in actual warfare. Combat troops need more. I urge all military unit commanders to take the next step beyond spirit-builder sports and add Hakim’s To-Shin Do based battle-oriented courses for all troops likely to see combat action.

Hakim’s new SKH Quest Affiliate School is Elite Training Center. I heartily endorse Hakim Isler as an instructor of the highest order. Do you live in Fayetteville? Check out Hakim’s school on our SKH Quest SCHOOLS map, and at his new Elite Training CenterĀ dojo web site.

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  1. Here is an encouraging letter I received from someone studying with Hakim Isler:

    I just wanted to take a moment and express my appreciation for the excellent training and instruction that I received at the Quest Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina. I am a law enforcement officer (work in Boone, NC) and I was sent to the the NC Justice Academy in nearby Salemburg to attend a course for two weeks. While here I trained with Hakim Isler and it was wonderful. The quality of instruction was outstanding and the training environment was a very positive one.

    I was really impressed with how much the students welcomed me and offered assistance in my learning experience. We were all training at a white belt / earth level, but they all showed humility and hospitality that one wouldn’t expect from white belts at your run of the mill / fast food martial arts school. The students’ attitude and demeanor was a direct reflection on the high quality of the instructor, and the Elite Training Center stands out among martial arts schools everywhere.

    Being a law enforcement officer, it was also nice for Mr. Isler to relate some of the material in class to police arrest and control applications. It was as if the instruction I received was tailored for me and I really appreciated it. It is obvious that Mr. Isler has studied and worked very hard to be where he is as an instructor, and I appreciate his sharing his knowledge and experience with me and the other students. His expertise and extensive background in martial arts and combative concepts are evident in his natural delivery of the material.

    So, my thanks to Mr. Isler and the students at the Elite Training Center for a great training experience and I intend to come back when I can. The high quality of training was very consistent with what I have received at the Chapel Hill Quest Center in the past. I am currently not a member of any specific Quest Center and I’m enrolled in the distance training program.


    David Osborne
    Wilkesboro, NC

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