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Life Mastery Through Martial Arts

Balance. Inner peace. Self awareness. Confidence.
Mental toughness and a competitive edge in your life!

Our martial art of To-Shin Do® is based on ancient warrior disciplines handed down by nine historical Japanese family lineages. At the same time, ours is a very modern approach to handling threats and confrontations likely in our own contemporary culture.

Come in and try this out!

For $29.95, you get a white To-Shin Do training suit, a private lesson with a Black Belt instructor, and a group class in self-defense self-development and fitness. Call us at 937-436-9990 right now to schedule your trial membership.

From your very first lesson, you will learn techniques you can use right away, regardless of your physical condition or prior martial arts experience.


Our Dojo

Our students train in a gorgeous and spacious facility just south of Whipp Road at 6236 Far Hills Avenue between Kettering and Centerville. Ample parking is available. Our classic Japanese decor reflects the timeless wisdom of the East, while our curriculum reflects the best of Western education. Women’s and men’s dressing rooms provide convenience for students who come in right from work or school.

Our pro shop offers training equipment, books and DVDs for home study, special gifts and training wear, and plenty of refreshments.

When it comes to self development self defense, our art is top-notch, and our curriculum is unparalleled.

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Our People

Our dojo community is our treasure. Our students all enjoy productive, contributing, happy, and advancing lives in pursuit of perfecting “the art of winning”. We may not look like the stereotype, if you mistakenly think of martial arts as grim tough confrontational competition. We are real people – business owners, attorneys, college students, military officers, medical professionals, table waiters, automotive mechanics, school teachers, police officers, teen soccer players, moms, granddads, and all of their children. In short, we are your neighbors, and we invite you to join our wonderfully supportive community of friends.


Our Founders

Stephen and Rumiko Hayes – Hombu An-shuStephen & Rumiko Hayes oversee classes at the SKH Quest Center in Dayton, Ohio. They inspire students with their life-long goal of teaching the personal transformation technologies that lead to more personal peace and world community harmony. (Check An-shu’s personal web site with his biography, blog, and book store at StephenKHayes.com. Subscribe to receive every new post by RSS feed.)


Our Instructors

Each Coach, Trainer, and Instructor is a graduate of An-shu Stephen K. Hayes’ SKH Quest Center Leadership College, schooled in how to help you discover your own insights into personal power, resourcefulness, broad vision, peace of mind, and happiness. We serve hundreds of families in the Dayton, Ohio, area, along with visitors from all over the world who regularly travel to our dojo for the kind of martial arts advancement they can only find in our unique program.


Your First Steps

On your first day, you’ll get your official To-Shin Do training suit. Comfortable loose-fitting pants allow easy movement, and a draped jacket (right lapel panel goes inside, left crosses overtop right) has our SKH Quest Center full-color crest on the back. Your uniform will be white. You will see other students in white, along with some in black uniforms indicating enrollment in our “all the way to Black Belt” graduate program.

Wear a white T-shirt under your jacket, and heavy white socks or Japanese tabi footwear for training on the mat. For health and sanitation reasons, we do not train in bare feet.

You’ll probably earn your first rank – a white belt that rides loosely atop your hips and ties in a square-knot in the front – in a test we’ll give you after your second or third class.

After you’re suited up, your first step on your journey is a private intro lesson with one of our Black Belt instructors. You’ll get thirty minutes of one-on-one instruction to show you what To-Shin Do has to offer.

You’ll come back a day or two later for your first small group class, where we’ll teach you several defense techniques. We’ll show you how to stretch and warm up, how to fall without getting hurt, and how to align your posture for maximum leverage along with surprising evasiveness for slipping past incoming hits or grabs. Through it all, we’ll show you how to stay safe every time you practice.


Get Going With Your Training

Once you enroll, check our schedule of regular weekly classes and monthly special events often. All kinds of great adventure-based leadership training experiences await you.

Don’t forget to subscribe to An-shu Stephen K. Hayes’ monthly DVD private lesson program. You get a new training DVD every month, and you get a discount as a subscriber.

You will want to read our founder An-shu Stephen K. Hayes’ regular blog updates at StephenKHayes.com.

Start with the book Enlightened Self-Protection for start-up training information, and then read How To Own The World for a description of our warrior protector philosophy.

Get the 3-DVD set “Standing Your Ground – Mountains of Strength” for encouragement at home – watch and review the lessons you are studying in the Level 1 Foundations of Self-Protection course.

You can go on-line and compare notes and get advice from fellow To-Shin Do practitioners around the world by way of our SKH Quest Hombu Dojo On-Line Community Forum.

Check out our schedule of special seminars and workshops in other cities of the world. You may be surprised to learn that An-shu Stephen and An-shu Rumiko – in addition to encouraging us on to excellence here in Dayton – are highly regarded martial arts celebrities recognized and sought out for their expertise and inspiration by martial artists around the globe.



4-7 year olds have fun learning how to find safety, earn confidence, and gain new skills of thinking, speaking, and acting for self protection and self esteem. Respect for others is taught (kids enjoy helping other kids), with lots of focused concentration (kids thrive on it), and lots of laughter (kids love it). Classes are safe and non-competitive and emphasize learning how to learn. “Confident, On-purpose, On-target, Leadership” – What a C.O.O.L. program for your child.


Level 1 – Foundations of Self-Protection

We interviewed law enforcement officers, security professionals, emergency room doctors – and even coroners – to find the 12 most common attacks likely to be thrown at good people by dangerous aggressors. We then designed our first phase of training to show you how to defend against these assaults. Begin your adventure with a 64-class course in effective physical, intellectual, and emotional self-protection – an exciting excursion into empowering self development. Practice how to win in the 12 assault types most likely to occur in a dangerous confrontation, how to turn those 12 threat situations into rescues of other people, how to use 12 natural body self-defense tools, and how to develop the grounded presence of focused command in high-pressure situations.

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Level 2 – Advanced Self-Protection

Build your skills in success-generating principles of personal confidence, ability to recognize potential danger as it builds, and capability to respond effectively under pressure as you explore a next-stage set of 24 advanced applications of winning skill and strategy. A 145 class course adds advanced concepts in fighting footwork and intelligent power, and shows you how to develop the eyes and mind to recognize danger as it builds so you can be in just the right place at just the right moment to control the conflict on your terms.

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Level 3 – Path of the Protector Martial Arts

Your training evolves into a personal exploration of power, a path of self-mastery. Your skill and confidence evolve as you explore a third-step set of 24 more advanced applications in a 145 class course leading to Black Belt in To-Shin Do. You know you are living up to your fullest potential, the “exciting peace” of coming home to the truth of just how strong you really are.


Level 4 – Black Belt Mastery

Learning doesn’t stop at Black Belt – that’s where highest mastery begins! To-Shin Do Black Belts around the world work on personalizing training for a winning spirit in all of life’s challenges. Advanced skills include how to use less effort to generate more speed and power, how to respond with grace and intelligence when confronted with brutality and ignorance, how to rescue and protect others, and how to deal with multiple attackers, assailants with weapons, or aggressors skilled in street-fighting or other martial arts.


Warrior Workshops

Weekly optional classes offer a range of special training opportunities.

  • Explore the role of mind, attitude, emotion, and awareness in daily encounters through our mind science classes
  • Take on the challenge of classical training in traditional historical armed and unarmed training from our historical lineages from Japan
  • Learn how to share your knowledge through courses in how to coach others to martial arts success
  • Study the techniques of dignitary protection bodyguard roles
  • Become certified in emergency first aid
  • Learn how to deliver – and take – a kick or hit in the movies.

Private Lessons

A great way to accelerate your progress! We focus in on just what you need to learn, and coach you personally towards the skills and powers you seek.

Phone us so we can find out what you need and how we might build a program for you.