Life Mastery Through Martial Arts

Calm. Confident. Capable.
Situation Handled!

To-Shin Do® (pronounced Toh Sheen Doh) is a modern self-defense system based on ancient martial arts  practiced by historical Japanese samurai and ninja family lineages. Timeless martial arts principles are used to handle modern challenges, teaching self-protection, awareness, and confidence so that students have the right tools for any situation.


To-Shin Do was founded by martial arts legend Stephen K. Hayes and his wife Rumiko Hayes as a way to promote peace, security, and well-being in the world – command over adversity – never as a way to promote violence. The world needs more protectors, not more predators.

In an over-stressed society, balancing a clear mind, fit body, and centered spirit is the pathway to becoming a tatsujin – a fully actualized person operating masterfully in all areas of life.

Complete Martial Arts Training

Honest, real-world self-protection needs to have far more than just physical skills. To-Shin Do presents all of the skills needed to go home healthy, happy and safe, no matter what challenges we face. here are some of the topics presented in class:


  • Unarmed physical skills
  • Weapons training
  • Verbal techniques
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Decision making skills
  • A sliding scale of responses
  • Legal considerations
Personal Growth

Beyond just physical skills, To-Shin Do emphasizes personal growth because self-defense has to begin on the inside. Our Quest logo shows a person stretching beyond their comfort zone, breaking through whatever is holding them back from a more powerful, empowered life.

This new reality eventually becomes the new comfort zone, so our martial art has a system in place to both encourage and challenge. Students celebrate successes yet constantly strive to stretch farther, to have an ever growing set of tools to handle anything that life throws at us.