STEPHEN K. HAYES
Japanese ninja martial arts
Stephen K. Hayes began his martial arts career
in Ohio as a teenager in the 1960s.
In 1985, he was elected to the prestigious Black Belt Hall of Fame, for his
years of pioneering work introducing the Japanese ninja martial arts to the
In 1993, Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi of Chiba-ken, Japan, awarded him the extremely
rare honor of ju-dan 10th degree Black Belt in the nine historical
traditions of the Bujinkan Dojo martial arts.
In 1997, exactly 30 years after beginning his formal training in the martial
arts, Stephen K. Hayes founded the martial art of To-Shin Do.
Stephen K. Hayes has been featured in publications ranging from Black Belt to Playboy to Tricycle
His biography has appeared in the International Edition of Who's Who since
He is the author of nineteen books which translate the timeless knowledge of
the East into pragmatic lessons for contemporary Western life. His books have
sold over 1.3 million copies, and many of his volumes are published in a variety
of different languages around the world.
A 1971 graduate of Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, Stephen K. Hayes majored
During the years he lived in Japan, he used his professional acting skills
in a broad variety of Japanese television and film projects. Most notable to
American audiences was his role alongside Richard Chamberlain and Toshiro Mifune
in the NBC samurai epic Shogun.
Stephen K. Hayes has demonstrated effective self-protection 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
He has worked on special assignments with the United States Department of State
Dignitary Security Services, and under contract with the United States Defense
In the 1990s, he regularly served as personal protection escort and security
advisor for 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner the Dalai Lama of Tibet.
In 1991, Stephen K. Hayes went through formal ordination to become a teacher
in the 1,200-year-old Japanese vajrayana meditation tradition.
As spiritual head of the Kasumi-An Dojo, he offers instruction in both the
meditation and martial arts traditions of Japan.
In 1997 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Dalai Lama elder brother
Thubten Jigme Norbu's Tibetan Cultural Center.
Stephen K. Hayes teaches as Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Business Management
program of the McGregor School of Antioch University
Stephen K. Hayes is Chairman of the Board of SKH Quest Centers, dedicated to
promoting the benefits of martial arts training for self-development. He spends
much of the year traveling the world as a teacher, seminar leader, and lecturer.
His presentations inspire by translating his extensive background in martial
arts and meditation into practical lessons for handling the pressures, uncertainties,
and stresses of life.
Stephen K. Hayes' wife Rumiko Urata Hayes was born in Kumamoto, Japan, graduated
from Sophia University in Tokyo, and has been married to Stephen K. Hayes for
Rumiko Urata Hayes earned senior master instructor licensing under authority
of Masaaki Hatsumi. She often travels with her husband as a seminar leader
and teaches classes at their network of SKH Quest Center schools around the
Stephen & Rumiko Hayes' daughters Reina and Marissa have grown up as active
Black Belt participants in the martial arts dojo of their parents.