An Authentic Journey in Personal Growth

Becoming Powerful, Able and Relaxed

I am re-posting a piece from my teacher, Stephen K. Hayes, about the possibility for self-defense practitioners and the ability to really provide a path to enlightenment.

This topic is near and dear to my heart, not only as a martial artist for over 20 years but as a mother and other half.



Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking with a martial arts master that I ran into in town; I hadn’t seen him for many years. It is always respected to hear about decades and decades of coaching and growth. This man is been employed by two local karate schools, as they’ve noticed an absence of depth in their programs.

I salute their search for truth! And I ask all of our students if our To-Shin-Do program is complete? Do we have a plan in place to safely teach and cope with expanding your awareness? One of the ninja keys, to avoid the difficulty before it starts? In each belt journey, do we experience techniques to handle the unexpected- whether overwhelmed or out-muscled? Do we train in all planes (upright, on the ground, from behind, while being grabbed, for example.)? In each class, do we stretch our bounds safely? Have we got a code to live by- not made and promoted in the last 10 years, but a secret? Code handed down for centuries, on which all modern psychology is based? Have we got an authentic meditation system to teach you to tap into your potential OFF THE MAT?

I Say Yes!

With pride and honor, I say yes. Yes, we’ve all the above and more. You simply can’t piece a puzzle together without the grander scheme of united principles passed down from initiated teachers.

Using teachings passed down from the Himalayas, and taijutsu from the mountains of Japan, we explore our potential in each class and support expansion as a calm soldier. This is a journey for community members that are ready to see probabilities. It’s to truly learn the way to banish obstacles and make a clear trail for success.

Others will imitate personal growth teachings, many will make an effort to add more stuff to their physical training. And we’re going to smile as we welcome home new members to the original empowerment training and solemnly guide them to unleash their potential.

Welcome to the journey of becoming strong, capable and relaxed.



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