Kiri Sage

Think you know the Kiri Sage series from the Happo Biken sword secrets handed down by Toshitsugu Takamatsu? Odds are you really don’t. Did you know it is something much more important than a simple and easy sword kata as too many people teach it today? Did you know it is a very advanced principle […]


Kai-Soku “Water-scoop footwork” Move at just the right moment into just the right space to evade the aggressor’s speed, power, leverage, and momentum. Place yourself at an angle that puts you out of reach. The aggressor then attempts a logical follow-up. You catch his next move once again with the timing and positioning needed to […]

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 […]

New Hampshire Celebration

An-shu Stephen and An-shu Rumiko Hayes brought their “Nine Cuts – Nine Powers” 2011 teaching theme to Plaistow, New Hampshire, to celebrate the dedication of the Shinobi Martial Arts dojo. Over 70 practitioners gathered to share training with An-shu Stephen and An-shu Rumiko and hosts Dennis Fuutoshi Mahoney, Theresa Murphy, and Darryl Brazee. Guest instructors […]

Questions and Answers – Part 4

Two young men in Texas – Patrick Tow and Rayford Outland – decided to do a History Fair high school project about ninjutsu training and my work. If you might be interested in some minor points about my life and how I ended up where I did, check previous questions 1-4 and questions 5-8 and […]