Stephen and Rumiko have traveled the world exploring the martial arts as a vehicle for bringing out the best in life. Recognized as the dominant name in the martial arts for the decade of the 1980’s, An-shu Stephen is a member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame. He was described by Black Belt Magazine as a “legend in the martial arts” and “one of the ten most influential living martial artists in the world.”
He is author of 21 books, and has appeared in television documentaries, magazines, and newspapers all over the world. He apprenticed under ninja master Masaaki Hatsumi in Japan in the 1970s and 80s. He tested his practice as personal security escort for the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Nobel Peace Prize laureate in the 1990s. An-shu Rumiko Urata Hayes has been teaching ninja martial arts for 40 years. A graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo, she was born in Kumamoto, and moved to the uSA with her husband in 1980. Now grandparents for five grandchildren, the Hayes’ enjoy instructing seminars in their network of SKH Quest Centers around the world.