Mountain Quest 2011

80 dedicated To-Shin Do practitioners gathered for our 12th annual Mountain Quest seminar with An-shu Stephen K. Hayes and hosts Richard Shuntoshi Stack and Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt, along with guest instructors Mike Dentoshi Ford, Hakim Intoshi Isler, and Dennis Fuutoshi Mahoney on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. Participants traveled in from To-Shin Do training halls […]

Dayton River Clean-up

Our SKH Quest Center Dayton team took part in the July 9 & 10, 2011 Little Miami Riverkeepers 10th annual clean-sweep weekend. To-Shin Do warriors got to practice their cutting, lifting, and in-water action skills in community service on the Little Miami for two hours following Saturday classes. The Little Miami River is Ohio’s first […]

The Real You Emerges

New students may wonder why we put so much emphasis on making a commitment to long-term training goals in the dojo. Why not just go lesson to lesson, continuing on as long as each class is entertaining and provides some new trick or secret to learn? It turns out that authentic martial arts training provides […]

Southeast Regional Festival in Tampa

An-shu Stephen and An-shu Rumiko Hayes brought their “Nine Cuts – Nine Powers” 2011 teaching theme to Tampa, Florida, to join Mark Sentoshi Russo and Helen Jotoshi Russo in inspiring over 100 practitioners from around the world. Fellow instructors John Mantoshi Giancarlo, Laura Lintoshi Giancarlo, Scott Akitoshi Bragg, Christopher Agetoshi Gayle and Chapel Hill Quest […]

How Real is Your Reality Training?

Through consistently realistic martial arts training we become familiar with how attacks happen. Such a training program must be far bigger than just learning techniques. Through simulation training where an aggressor comes at us and we do not know what will happen until it happens, we become more sensitive to an attacker’s intent. We learn […]

Supposed to Make It Count

I had sort of figured this out by age 9. I felt caught in the trap of the game with no idea what I should do. I just trailed along uncomfortably through my teens and early 20s. Then I left for Japan at 25 and my life blossomed. “Oh-ho! So that was what I was […]

Winter Quest 2011

An-shu Stephen K. Hayes was in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to teach his most recent “Nine Cuts-Nine Powers” seminar. Students from all over the country gathered to study classical spear technique and unarmed fighting defenses based on principles learned through the spear training examples. The weekend also featured exploration of the Kuji 2 mind science […]

Happy in Your Home and Dojo

On Rumiko’s and my 31st wedding anniversary, a young friend asked for advice on how to create the happiest home possible with a life partner. This sort of thing is not my special knowledge power area; after 31 years I still tell people I was just very fortunate in getting the wife I did – […]