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Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the martial art of To-Shin Do and our ninja lineage.

“Are ninja real?

  • Yes! but, no longer as clandestine spies. The martial and spiritual practices of the legendary invisible warriors of Japan live on to this day. Specifically the Togakure Ryu lineage of ninjutsu survived to the modern age through Toshitsugu Takamatsu, who passed the lineage to Masaaki Hatsumi, who gave teaching rites to our founder Stephen K. Hayes.

Is To-Shin Do really ninja training? Are To-Shin Do and ninjutsu the same thing?

  • Yes, To-Shin Do is really ninja training. In fact, it is the most relevant and useful ninja training you can find. Ancient historical ninjutsu was developed under feudal conditions of constant warfare, using timeless principles of how human bodies and minds work. Our founder, Stephen K. Hayes, studied the ancient techniques of how to win on a 15th century battlefield in armor and recognized the principles behind the techniques that apply to modern life. To-Shin Do is his contribution to the ninja lineage based on 40 years in the martial arts, adapting the strategies of the ninja to modern American life and conflicts. You get all the wisdom of the ages, put into a training method that makes sense for you now.

We look forward to sharing our martial art, community and lineage with you!

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