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About Stephen K. Hayes
"One of the ten most influential living martial artists in the world" - 2006 Black Belt Magazine
Stephen K. Hayes was born in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1949, and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. He has traveled throughout North America, Japan, Europe, the Arctic, China, Tibet, Nepal, and India in the pursuit of perfection through the study of the Asian martial arts and spiritual traditions.
He 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, honoring him for his years of pioneering work in introducing the legendary Japanese ninja martial arts to the Western world. He was awarded the extremely rare honor of ju-dan 10th degree senior master license in the Togakure Ryu ninja martial arts in 1993, and in 1997, he founded the martial art of To-Shin Do.
Stephen K. Hayes has been featured in publications ranging from Black Belt to Playboy to Inside Kung-Fu to Tricycle Buddhist Review. His biography is listed in the international edition of Who's Who. He is the author of twenty books which translate the timeless knowledge of the East into pragmatic lessons for contemporary Western life. His books have sold well over a million copies, and many of his volumes have been published in a variety of different foreign languages around the world.
A 1971 graduate of Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, Stephen K. Hayes majored in theater. He later returned to Miami University for post-graduate study of comparative religions in the early 1990s, focusing on translation of Japanese Tendai exoteric and esoteric liturgical texts.
In 1991, Stephen K. Hayes went through formal ordination to become a teacher in the 1,200-year-old Vajrayana esoteric meditation tradition. From the mid-1990s, he has worked to translate texts for the practice of Vajrakilaya esoteric meditations in the Sakya and Drikung Kagyu traditions.
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.
He has taught and demonstrated effective self-protection skills to military and law-enforcement groups including the U.S. Air Force Academy, the FBI Academy, and members of Britain's elite SAS. He has worked on special projects under contract with the United States Defense Intelligence Agency.
He regularly served in the 1990s as personal protection escort and security advisor for Nobel Peace Prize laureate the Dalai Lama of Tibet.
He taught as Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Business Management program of the McGregor School of Antioch University, and serves on the University of Dayton Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Advisory Council, and the Union Institute & University Center for Clinical Mindfulness and Meditation.
He is Chairman of the Board of SKH Quest Centers, a company dedicated to promoting the benefits of 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 and meditation arts into practical lessons for handling the pressures, uncertainties, and stresses of life.
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Author Stephen K. Hayes is the world's leading expert on Ninjutsu techniques. In this book, he presents the Ninja "Five Elements" system to explain fundamental aspects of self-defense. According to Japanese Buddhist belief, human nature is connected to the natural world and the five elements. By understanding that connection, essential responses to any threat become clear:
- Earth—Remain grounded in your thinking and footing to repel attempts to distract or deceive you
- Water—Shift, angle and move fluidly to confuse attackers and put them off balance
- Fire—See where a situation is going as it develops and intercept it at the critical moment
- Wind—Stay light on your feet and move nimbly to evade attempts to pin you down
- Void—Control a fight's direction by changing dynamics to confuse your attacker
Ninja Fighting Techniques explains how the five elements can become automatic, unconscious responses for fighters who train the Ninja way. Through study and practice they become instinctive, effectively employed precisely when you need them without thinking.
The advantage of Ninja teachings over other martial disciplines is that, in addition to providing physical combat methods, they teach you to develop a better understanding of human behavior and psychology as well as "real-time" awareness of your surroundings—invaluable in any combat and street fighting situation.
With over 300 full-color photographs and detailed step-by-step instructions, this book shows you how the ancient self-defense techniques developed by the Ninja are still unsurpassed today!
Ninjutsu, the least understood of the Japanese martial arts, is an ancient fighting style emphasizing natural movement, responsiveness to adversaries, and absolute practicality. In feudal Japan, ninja were feared for their skill in espionage and, particularly, assassination. Masters of weaponry, stealth, and martial techniques, ninja were credited with supernatural powers because of the near-invincibility of their unique and deadly art.
In The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art, Black Belt Hall of Fame member, Stephen K. Hayes, reveals the secrets that lead to the perception of the ninja as warriors of almost sorcerous skill—the art of invisibility, special tools and weapons, and psychological training enabling the ninja to gain advantage in any situation.
- Perspective—Origin; Organization; Training; At the Height of Power; The Decline; Ninjutsu in the Modern World
- Search for the Ninja
- Unarmed Combat—The Ninja Fists; Fighting Postures; Other Factors
- Weaponry—Chains and Cords; Sticks and Staffs; Canes with Concealed Weapons; The Ninja Sword; Throwing Blades
- The Way of Invisibility—Sense Deception; Phantom Steps; Reconnaissance; Blending with the Night; Attacking the Eyes; The Art of Disguise
- Shadow Warriors—Espionage; Commando Tactics
- The Realm of the Spirit—Psychological Warfare; The Force of the Killer; The Great Harmony
In The Ninja Defense, the classic art of the ninja is updated for maximum effectiveness in modern day situations. Stephen K. Hayes is a Black Belt Hall of Fame member, founder of To-Shin Do, and acknowledged "Father of American Ninjutsu." He has distilled and refined the knowledge he has built studying and teaching ninjutsu for decades into a comprehensive self-defense system that can defuse the worst situations the modern world has to offer.
The result is a realistic martial arts training system that includes instruction in techniques and strategies for dealing with:
- Grappling, Throwing, Choking, and Joint-locking
- Striking, Kicking, and Punching
- Stick, Blade, Cord, and Projectile weapons
- Handling multiple assailants and Surprise attacks
- Overcoming psychological intimidation or Bullying
The Ninja Defense contains extremely practical techniques that the author honed while serving as a bodyguard for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and fine-tuned through years of teaching. It is the ultimate self-defense book from a true martial art master.
In Heart of Light, Blade of Thunder, Author Stephen K. Hayes describes how he learned about Vajrakilaya, how he became fascinated with the little known lore, and finally how he began his journey towards mastery of the practice.