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Important symbolism behind the To-Shin Do ® name

The Japanese written character for nin of Japan’s ninja stealth warriors and their martial art of ninjutsu can also be pronounced shinobi. It is translated as “stealth, endurance, perseverance, or putting-up-with”. Nin communicates the kind of strength required to keep our eyes on the grander goal. We know what we need, and we are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. We are not diverted, even when tempted to take on the petty affronts and insults tossed in our path from those who fear or envy us.

The top part of the Japanese letter character for nin is pronounced “toh” which means “sword” or actually “blade edge” – To represents the martial arts technology we study to perfect
The bottom part is pronounced “sheen”, and means “heart” – Shin represents the resolute spirit we need to win when negative forces attempt to drive us to defeat

Together as one single character for nin, the To-Shin ideal reminds us of the miraculous power of knowledge and intention combined to result in spirited intelligence in action.

To-Shin Do martial arts training was developed as a way to promote peace, security, and well-being in the world – command over adversity – never as a way to promote violence. The world needs more protectors, not more predators.

In an over-stressed society, balancing a clear mind, fit body, and centered spirit is the pathway to becoming a tatsujin – a fully actualized person operating masterfully in all areas of life.

In To-Shin Do martial arts training, you will learn methods to deal with:
•    Grappling, throwing, choking and joint locking
•    Striking, kicking, and punching
•    Self defense when pulled to the ground
•    Stick, blade, cord, and projectile defense
•    Gun disarms and safety
•    Knife and cane defenses
•    Successfully handling multiple assailants and surprise attacks
•    Overcoming psychological intimidation or bullying

Adventure-based leadership development through martial arts training.
Training for mastery in all forms of conflict is at the heart of To-Shin Do.

You learn adaptive strategic principles along with the tactics, so so you can practice how to take command in times of confusion, confrontation, or discouragement.

When it comes to self development self defense, our art is top-notch, our teachers are unexcelled in expertise, and our curriculum is unparalleled.

Three important roots from Japan’s ancient cultural heritage:

TO – the sword

From the nin-po combat methods of the legendary ninja phantom warriors born of Mt. Togakure and cultivated in the wooded mountains and marshes of shadowy Iga, comes the core of our physical protection techniques and strategies. To-Shin Do martial arts practice is a great way to reduce stress and increase strength, endurance, and flexibility, while fostering a sense of peace, security, and control in life.

SHIN – the focused spirit of intention

From the kuji intention-channeling training of the shugenja mountain spirit seekers of Mt. Yoshino, comes the essence of our program for the discovery and development of the nine key qualities that characterize a fully actualized human being. We can achieve a more focused and disciplined understanding of the cause and effect dynamics that lead to success and fulfillment in life.

DO – the path to mastery

From the originally Himalayan esoteric mikkyo yoga mind and spirit sciences of Mt. Hiei, comes the technique of cultivating our unlimited physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual potentials. We can learn skillful ways to transform the inner and outer challenges of life into success, and ultimately come to grips with the question of how to experience directly the significance of life itself.