An-shu Stephen Kinryu-Jien Hayes, Founder of To-Shin Do Kasumi-An Ninja Martial Arts has spent his entire adult life in the pursuit of perfection through the study of the Asian martial arts and spiritual traditions, living and traveling throughout North America, Japan, Europe, the Arctic, China, Tibet, Nepal, and India.
Stephen has been described as “one of the five brightest stars in the martial arts; a legend,” by Black Belt Magazine Yearbook 1998, “one of the ten most influential living martial artists in the world,” by Black Belt Magazine March 2006, and “a legend in the martial arts,” by Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, father of Taekwondo in America, at National Association of Martial Arts Professionals convention 2008. He has demonstrated self-protection combat skills to military and law-enforcement groups including the U.S. Air Force Academy, the FBI Academy, the American Society for Law Enforcement Training, and members of Britain’s elite SAS. He has worked on special assignments with the United States Department of State Dignitary Security Services, and under contract with the United States Defense Intelligence Agency.
Additionally, Stephen described his relationship with the Dalai Lama: “In the 1990s, I was honored to regularly serve as personal security escort and advisor for my spiritual friend, 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet. His Tibetan bodyguard walked on his right, and I walked on his left. It would be presumptuous to call the king of Tibet my teacher, but my years of being with Kundun Yeshey Norbu ‘Presence of the Wish-fulfilling Jewel of Wisdom’ have hopefully led me to more intelligence, more compassion, and more peace.”
Dedicated to promoting the benefits of Life Mastery Through Martial Arts, he travels the world as teacher, seminar leader, and lecturer, inspiring others by translating his extensive background in martial arts and meditation into practical lessons for handling the pressures, uncertainties, and stresses of life. Many students, readers, and seminar participants have reported that his teachings have brought them deep encouragement and empowerment, and inspired them to achieve new levels of success in their personal and professional lives.