Boulder Quest Center Owners
Ian Hytoshi Pucek
Ian Hyotoshi Pucek is one of only four 6th Degree Black Belts in To-Shin-Do, with over 30 years of experience. Hyotoshi’s military background gives him an interesting perspective on protecting one’s self in all aspects of life. Students say he embodies the essence of warriorship while remaining approachable. In addition to his practical approach to dealing with conflict, Hyotoshi enjoys assisting others on the path to becoming a fully actualized human being.
Ian Leitoshi Sanderson
Ian Leitoshi Sanderson is training for his 4th degree Black Belt in To-Shin Do. He amazes everyone with his outdoor skills, tracking, and knife-fighting. He is also highly trained as a group and individual facilitator in wilderness and urban settings. He teaches adult classes, private lessons, and our popular Ninja Secrets class presenting advanced tactical concepts.
Instructors and Staff
Each Coach, Trainer, and Instructor at the Boulder Quest Center 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. They also bring their own deep talents and backgrounds and integrate those with their teaching style, so that you have access to a truly astonishing array of talents and histories through our staff.
Casey Toland is studying to achieve 4th degree Black Belt in To-Shin Do and is the Quest Center’s senior instructor, under the tutelage of Leitoshi and Hyotoshi. He began his martial arts journey with the Korean art of Taekwondo reaching the rank of 2nd degree Black Belt and competing in the Olympic qualifier circuit. In search of a holistic system, Casey later explored a variety of arts including Shorin Ryu Karate, Lóng Xíng Dragon Style Kung-Fu, and Arnis, before finding his way home to To-Shin Do.
Keegan Smith is training for 2nd degree Black Belt in To-Shin Do and is the head of the Quest Center’s youth program. His vibrant spirit and enthusiasm brighten the dojo. Before his discovery of the power of To-Shin Do, Keegan earned the rank of 3rd degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo and served as a head instructor at Boulder Karate. Fully immersed in Japanese culture, Keegan also works at Izakaya Amu in addition to his leadership at the Boulder Quest Center.
Jack Evarts is working on his 2nd degree Black Belt, and our youngest instructor. He first started training when he was twelve, and eight years later he now assists in running our little shinobi and youth programs while also attending the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder. Jack first found the Boulder Quest Center through one of our outreach programs at his middle school, and has loved training ever since. Training here also helped Jack discover a passion for helping others as he began to show interest in becoming a coach barely a year after he began training, eventually becoming a full-fledged instructor in 2018. Jack’s favorite part of teaching is seeing the growth and improvement in the kids he works with as they find their confidence and voice through training.