SKH Quest Center Dojo NYC

Ninja Self-Defense and Martial Arts NYC

Intelligent Self-Defense


To-Shin Do® Martial Arts training leads to living life fully, fearlessly, and freely.

  • You handle challenging moments in life decisively, powerfully, successfully…
  • You take command…
  • You move like a real hero…
  • You shield those you care for…
  • You are like a fortress of inner and outer strength

We can show you how to do that.



To-Shin Do

Life Mastery Through Martial Arts

We specialize in “the art of winning.”

To-Shin Do martial arts training was developed as a way to promote peace, security, and well-being in the world – command over adversity – not as a way to practice violence. The world needs more protectors, not more predators.

As a protector, you will learn methods to deal with:
•    Grappling, throwing, choking and joint locking
•    Striking, kicking, and punching
•    Self defense when pulled to the ground
•    Stick, blade, cord, and projectile defense
•    Gun disarms and safety
•    Knife and cane defenses
•    Successfully handling multiple assailants and surprise attacks
•    Overcoming psychological intimidation or bullying

We offer a very modern approach to personal defense and the inner power that makes life work well, based on ancient protector disciplines passed down from noble Japanese samurai and ninja warrior families.



A Powerful Way of Life

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

Adventure-based leadership development through martial arts training.

Training for mastery in all forms of conflict is at the heart of To-Shin Do. Skill, strategy, and adaptability are your greatest strengths. More than merely teaching techniques to memorize, we focus on developing the whole person. You learn strategies along with the tactics, so each individual evolves into a fully actualized human being fully prepared for success in life.

Personal development comes from our life skills program – how to take command in times of confusion, confrontation, or discouragement.

We cover everything an effective leader wants to know – powerfully bringing resolution when others may want conflict or contention, making a good first impression to attract allies and friends, managing difficult relationships, and gaining top-notch presentation skills.

You will find our school an up-lifting place to spend time with friends who share your commitment to personal advancement.

“Fear of failure made me my own worst enemy. Now I feel energized in the morning, ready to go and anxious to get something good done … maybe by reading the right book or building my personal network or winning at my job. Just like in my martial arts training, I no longer fear the ‘what-ifs’ of life.”   – Chuck Maier, age 41, 2 years of To-Shin Do training

Your instructors are dedicated to helping you discover your own insights into personal power, resourcefulness, broad vision, peace of mind, and happiness.

You learn how to approach winning as a way of life.


To-Shin Do Grandmaster Stephen K. Hayes

The most authentic martial arts master imaginable

To-Shin Do® was founded by world-renowned Black Belt Hall of Fame member Stephen K. Hayes. He and his wife Rumiko have taken the samurai and ninja secrets they studied in Japan and adapted them for success in 21st century society. Our founder and headmaster Stephen K. Hayes is:

  • Author of 18 books
  • University adjunct professor
  • Apprentice in the home of the grandmaster of the ninja in Japan
  • Bodyguard for Nobel Peace Prize laureate the Dalai Lama of Tibet
  • Referred to by Black Belt Magazine as “One of the 10 most influential martial artists alive in the world today.”


Visionary martial arts take you to the mastery you seek!

Our complete self-protection curriculum teaches students of all ages the best ways to protect self and others in today’s world by providing careful, interactive instruction in how to win against the assaults we are most likely to encounter.

Our approach is based on intelligent, scientific responses to high-probability attacks.

Training is safe, exciting and fun, and takes place in a positive and inspiring environment.

Evolved from the body, mind, and spirit technologies from 3 mountain peaks in Japan, To-Shin Do martial arts training is the ultimate in self-protection and awakened living!


TO – the sword

Mt. Togakure ninja warrior personal combat strategies
cultivated in the mountains and marshes of Iga in Japan over 800 years ago

SHIN – the focused spirit of intention

Mt. Yoshino kuji-kiri rigorous intention channeling
to develop nine key powers that characterize fully actualized living

DO – the path to mastery

Mt. Hiei and Himalayan mind-spirit sciences form the master’s path
to cultivating physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual power

To-Shin Do is our contemporary evolution of ninjutsu – what ninja training from 1500s Japan looks like in 21st Century America. Obviously, fights are different in modern America than they were five hundred years ago in old Japan. An-Shu Stephen K. Hayes’ genius is his ability to interpret historical classics in ways that allow us to apply the essence to today’s challenges. To-Shin Do is designed to get you going quickly in learning effective useful self-defense. But the underlying principles and tactics of the original ninja combat method are all there, even in your first lessons. As your belt color grows darker, you own increasingly more of the historical skills.


Far more than conventional self-defense

Shane Stevens teaches at the Hombu Dojo in Dayton, OHBridging the gap between the timeless wisdom of the East and the fresh pragmatism of the West, An-shu Stephen K. Hayes’ visionary martial art of To-Shin Do extends beyond physical self-defense skills to explore the fullness of human potential and methods to foster emotional and spiritual well-being.

Learn to take command of the inner and outer challenges of life!

We approach life mastery through martial arts with a carefully developed 3-fold set of disciplines:

1. Physical Training to gain a sense of peace, security and safety in life
2. Intellectual Study to understand how to find safety and success
3. Intensive Exploration to actualize your human spirit in the world

Give yourself and your family the gift of empowered self-esteem and the ability to succeed in any situation or environment.


Life enhancing benefits from To-Shin Do training

•    Spirit of adventure
•    Increased focus and effectiveness
•    Invigorating personal challenge
•    Skills of personal discipline
•    Good health and fitness
•    Increased energy
•    More options for successful choices in life
•    Practical self-defense skills
•    Sense of peace and security
•    Heightened sense of self-confidence
•    Network of new and interesting friends
•    Improved ability to communicate clearly and directly
•    Momentum of achievement in all you do
•    Family closeness…
…for couples – or parents training with children
•    …and it’s a lot of fun getting to feel so good!

When you study To-Shin Do® at the SKH Quest Center training hall, you learn practical, intelligent self-defense in a fun, safe atmosphere while getting a great workout.


Energize 5 specific areas of power in life

To-Shin Do martial arts self development promotes 5 life-fulfilling aspects each of us desires to experience:

  1. Abundance – Authority to live your own definition of success – a full, rich, and important life, seeing the value of all that surrounds you
  2. Authenticity – Knowledge of your own true nature – realizing personal peace through intelligence, seeing things as they truly are
  3. Association – Connection to friends, family, and allies – expressing who you really are and sharing respect and admiration with others
  4. Accomplishment – A sense that you are needed – serving a worthy and noble cause way bigger than you as an individual
  5. Actualization – Personal fulfillment – time and space to live up to your expectations and dreams and see the big picture of how precious life is

Students at the Hombu cheer each other on


3 steps to success where others find frustration

The SKH Quest Center mission is to provide our community with a vibrant inspiring place with skilled motivating instructors teaching To-Shin Do personal-development personal-defense systems.

Students enroll in our training center and use our books and DVD programs to learn advanced technologies that lead to achieving fullest potential in life.

Our To-Shin Do martial arts programs empower adults and children alike to:

•    Recognize that advancement is possible, and then…
•    Apply the technologies, in order to…
•    Achieve the freedom of personal fulfillment


3 special keys for building Personal Power

We encourage our students to earn whatever their definition of success by emphasizing through To-Shin Do personal-development personal-defense training the importance of:

•  Confidence – “I can do this!” – key to unleashing your potential for happiness and success
•  Discipline – “This is worth doing!” – key to building a momentum of accomplishment
•  Respect for self and others – “Great mentors and guides!” – key to attracting allies and power

We invite you to join us in training to live more fully and more richly in the here and now.

Better health, higher fitness, increased mental and emotional clarity, new friends, renewed sense of taking a stand in life, and a lot of adventure experiences await you.


To-Shin Do schools around the world

An-shu Stephen K. Hayes’ SKH Quest network of affiliate training centers reaches from Africa to Arizona to Australia. If you have to move to a new city, take your belt and diploma with you and continue your training where you left off.

All of An-shu Stephen K. Hayes’ teaching affiliates rely on the same great curriculum and award the same impressive diplomas for each belt, so your training accomplishments will be recognized by all authorized To-Shin Do instructors around the world. Check the full listing of our Licensed Affiliate Instructors.

SKH Affiliate Network
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A great way to reaffirm the power in your life!

You know how sometimes you can feel like you’ve lost control over life?

You feel conflicted, unable to do the right thing in some physical, mental, or emotional challenge at work, on the street, or even at home?

What we do is teach people how to strengthen their abilities to resolve conflicts, so they are better able to stay safe, at peace, and happy regardless of the fights life brings.

The ability to handle stress and crisis situations effectively, powerfully, and successfully is a skill, and you can learn this skill.

Focused disciplined training under expert teachers in an authentic self-protection martial art is the key to personal preparation for facing conflict and confrontation that can surprise us in the course of daily living.


Some of the best moments of your week will be time spent in action at our school!

A student enjoys her training at the Hombu DojoBoth obvious and hidden benefits – that’s what long-term To-Shin Do martial arts study offers. Layers of rich value are found in the martial arts, each one deeper than the one before – levels of benefit that reveal themselves in time only through consistent and regular practice.

Obviously, training helps your body function better. You feel better. You look better.

But behind the obvious physical advancements are neurological and psychological benefits, too.

  • Your brain works better
  • Your emotional control improves
  • You expand your connections to others with similar interest in personal advancement

Of course martial arts study helps sharpen your tools of personal protection. A person who has practiced defending and countering 10,000 times certainly has a significant edge in a physical confrontation.

But not so obvious is the way the practice protects you from some of the most dangerous enemies in our world – lethargy, negative thinking, lack of exercise, apathy, anger, and stress.

“Throughout my day I am responsible for earning an income, serving others, planning what to do tomorrow, and managing what feels like a thousand responsibilities. When I get on the mat, I feel released from those charges. I get grounded and focused. The complexity of the world disappears. I’d say martial arts training is some of the best time I invest in myself.”
– Ed Pullin, age 37, training in To-Shin Do martial arts for 3 years

I always wanted to study martial arts, but I worry about possibly being injured…
SKH Quest To-Shin Do schools define professionalism in martial arts instruction, because we insist on:

Safety – Lessons are scientifically taught and safely learned with the aid of padded training targets on floors covered with thick resilient matting. Safety is #1!

Supervision – Each class is supervised and taught by trained educators, and each instructor has learned how to teach intelligently and effectively to bring out your best. We’re here for you!

Structure – Each lesson follows a carefully designed syllabus of progressive training, so you will never be pushed beyond your limits of movement and exertion appropriate for your age, experience, and condition

Dignity – No one is expected to start as a finished product. Each student is encouraged to progress at his or her own pace. Instructors are friendly guides who assist students to find their own way along the martial path. Our training is so enjoyable that many students tell us their Dayton SKH Quest Center class is the high point of the day.

Do your students have to compete and beat others to advance?
No. SKH Quest To-Shin Do trained teachers in padded armor simulate assaults to let students test themselves under high pressure. As a self-defense school, we train for situations very different from a contest ring. Our goal is not to defeat competitors, but to develop the protector skills and knowledge to establish peace when others might choose violence or bullying. We teach the kinds of awareness, attitudes, and techniques you need to end a fight with a larger attacker, or several attackers, or an armed attacker, and then get to safety – very different from skills needed to win a prize in a fighting contest.

No other school has everything we offer in such a fun, safe, and positive place!


A great way for your child to grow up proud and capable!

You know how some kids move through life feeling uncertain and disconnected?

We use To-Shin Do martial arts training to teach children how to be powerful and aware so they can live a safe and happy and fulfilling life.

To-Shin Do martial arts adventure-based leadership training teaches how to stand up for what is right, how to take care of others in challenging moments, how to look your best – best fitness, best posture, best health – so you stand out in a crowd as a person who matters!


We help you teach your child the lessons dearest to your heart as a parent.

We use To-Shin Do martial arts training to teach how to grow up with honest confidence, about the value of teamwork, about reaching for a challenging goal, about encouraging others, and all about focus, dignity, life-long love of healthy fitness, and the strength that comes with being cheerfully tough and resilient. We know you want all that for your child.

We offer a sure path to youth empowerment and leadership

With each seemingly routine but truly magical class, your child practices the art of winning – paying attention, building strength, achieving goals, associating with people who seek centeredness, expanding their ability to take care of others, and nurturing a sense of community and connectedness.

Real self esteem is earned through personal struggle, not awarded as a present

Children today need to feel more secure in the world, and also learn they are ultimately responsible for creating that security for themselves and others. To learn this big life lesson, they must learn to keep going through things that would hold them back. In a systematic, safe and fun way, SKH Quest Center Dayton will help your child explore and stretch all the physical, mental and winning spirit boundaries.

The self-protection system of To-Shin Do is all about perseverance – intelligence and commitment combined. We transform young lives by teaching children to avoid negative forces while developing their strengths – creating leaders and peacemakers dedicated to using their training to benefit the community. Leader, follower, or loner – which one do you want your child to become?

SKH Quest martial arts training provides the opportunity and the skills to overcome any obstacle on the path to success by teaching:

•    LEADERSHIP – How to take charge so that everyone can win
•    FOCUS – Eyes and mind unfailingly on the right target
•    PERSEVERANCE – Sticking with a noble but challenging goal
•    CONFIDENCE – Positive ways to win no matter what life dishes out
•    COMPASSION – The truly powerful extend care for all
•    RESPECT – The importance of treating others with dignity
•    CONFLICT RESOLUTION – How to make and keep peace
•    FITNESS – Life-long love of healthy vibrant living
•    TEAMWORK – Bringing out the best in everyone

Kids think we are cool in our black belts, but parents know we are their best allies in helping them to raise and empower their children.

“I almost never listened to my father’s advice, but I always listed to my martial arts instructor. Now it’s ironic to recognize that they were both teaching me the same important things.”
– Tom Wilson, 27 years of martial arts training

Life is all too short and our children grow up so very fast. We have just so much time to expose them to the ideas, the people, and the experiences that will arm them with the tools they need – not only for material success – but for deep and authentic happiness.

“I will never forget the day my daughter first stepped on the mat. That day stands out for both of us as one of the most important of her life.”
– Kathy Arnold, mom of high school To-Shin Do Black Belt daughter

Better health, higher fitness, more mental and emotional clarity, a lot of new friendships, and many adventure experiences await your child.

We invite you to use our To-Shin Do martial arts classes to help raise your child to become a self-actualized adult you will be proud to see walking purposefully in the world.

If my child learns self-defense techniques, won’t he be tempted to use his skill as a bully himself?
That is a possibility in a poor quality school run by a questionable instructor. That’s why it is so important to enroll your child in our professional school with our caring and inspired teachers. We emphasize the beauty and power of being a protector instead of a predator. We show children how to help others feel good around them by teaching our children why some kids choose bullying as their way to get attention and feel important. Experience has shown that the more skilled the true martial artist, the less likely they will jump to physical solutions for disagreements. They win just by carrying themselves like a winner.

Maybe we should enroll our children in a cheaper program to see if they like martial arts, and transfer to the professional SKH Quest Center later if the kids want to train for mastery?
A discount program run by hobbyists is likely to be poorly designed and unskillfully presented. It will quickly drain your child’s enthusiasm. Naturally, they will want to quit, and there will be no way to convince them that a new school will be a better experience. You will lose the opportunity for your child to get the real and lasting benefits of authentic martial arts empowerment. Start with the best school right from the beginning.

Why do we have to commit to a program? Can we just pay by the class as long as we like it?
Though each individual class has tremendous value, the benefits of martial arts training are cumulative. It takes time to develop physically, evolve emotionally, and transform into a stronger person. Just like weight training to build strength, dieting for a healthier physique, or learning a new language, it takes time before results start to show up. Making a judgment as to progress after only a few sessions would not be fair. It is important to make up your mind from the beginning that you are going to complete the program in order to receive the benefits you seek.

Yes, but my child has a habit of getting bored and quitting things after doing them for awhile…
Then right now is the perfect time to teach your child the new habit of planning for success and then sticking to that promise. We’ll help you make that needed transition in your child’s life.

How do I know if yours is the best school for me?
The best possible way is to try us out and see what we deliver. Phone us today to set up an appointment for you to visit the school and meet our instructors. We will ask you some questions about what you want to get out of martial arts training. We will ask a few questions about who you are and what is important to you. If we both feel we are the school for you, we will invite you to try a few classes with us with no obligation. (On the other hand, if it seems clear we are not just-right for you, we will give you a list of some other schools in the area that may be better suited to your goals.)