Benefits of To-Shin Do
Today we want to share some testimonials from To-Shin Do students. Do you want to add your own testimonial? Just call us!
“Throughout my day I am responsible for earning an income, serving others,planning what to do tomorrow, and managing what feels like a thousand responsibilities. When I get on the mat, I feel released from those charges. I get grounded and focused. The complexity of the world disappears. I’d say martial arts training is some of the best time I invest in myself.”
“Whether it’s traveling alone to another country or negotiating a multi-million dollar deal in the office, I utilize the insight and skills I have acquired through my training every day.”
“We are seeing steady improvement in Matt’s behavior and ability to focus. Thank you so much for helping him improve his level of self control so that he can achieve his goals”
Mother of student
To-Shin Do shows me a new way of reading people’s intention and provides me with new tools to respond to life’s challenges
I pay more attention at school, feel comfortable talking to others, know how to avoid a fight and can now take on leadership roles.
I was looking for a martial art that is not only extremely effective but combines both body, mind and spirit in a positive way. I have found in Newbury Park Martial Arts Center what others only promise to deliver. Thank you for sharing this art with the world!.
I feel like I have the confidence, focus and skills to be able to handle whatever life throws at me.
This art has given me the confidence, skills and focus to be able to handle stressful situations both at school and on the street.
I feel like I have the confidence, focus and skills to handle bullies and jerks both at school and everyday situations
The opportunity to study To-Shin Do is one of life’s amazing coincidences. The WQS Dojo, which is the only To-Shin Do school in California just happens to be nestled here in Thousand Oaks. Over the past years of study, this art has opened up new understandings of body movement and insights on daily interactions. Each week is a new point of internal reflection coupled with the set course-work and challenges of our instructors. The outcome for myself is a new perspective on the world and the forces of human interaction. As I frequently work outside in all parts of Los Angeles and New York City, the lessons taught here come into frequent use- mentally and prepared physically. It’s a great journey- enjoy.
Matt has been taking To-Shin Do for over a year. This experience has taught Matt commitment, dedication and perseverance. The training has improved has ability to focus and stay on task and has improved his body awareness. It has also boosted his confidence and given him the tools to be comfortable in all situations.
Mom of 6th grader & To-Shin Do student
I just want to say what a great event Friday night was. Really an incredible experience. Thank you, Kriss!
When I first signed up at Newbury Park Martial Arts Center, I had doubts, many doubts. I thought I was too old, too out of shape, that I was leading too sedimentary a lifestyle to be able to start down this path. I studied Karate a bit when I was a young teenager, I remember a very harsh, very regimented, very impersonal experience, so now 4 decades later it must be too late for me to start over. I was wrong on many levels. NPMAC teaches To-Shin Do, not Karate. The owners and instructors are experienced, friendly and take a genuine interest in each student. They share the secrets of a very practical, contemporary self defense art combined with training of the mind and spirit through methods handed down from an honored ancient lineage. The student creed and code of ethics provide a template for living that extends far beyond the dojo. I feel younger, healthier, more confident and more disciplined than I have in years. Most importantly, I learned I am not too old to experience the magic that is To-Shin Do.
Just wanted to tell you again what an amazing time we had at belt testing on Friday night.
I loved feeling the energy. From the smallest junior to the highest ranked adult, the energy was powerful and controlled, flowing from open hearts.
There was no sense of anger, but rather a sense of peace and order being restored. Truly a moving experience.
I am so happy my kids have the opportunity to become a part of this energy and tradition. Thank you and all the members of the dojo for bringing To-Shin-Do into our lives.
My son & I have been attending the Newbury Park Martial Arts Center since last year for several months, and I have been very impressed with To-Shin Do and the instructors there. The style and history are amazing. My son had already earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I have studied Kung Fu in the past. Those schools were very mainstream and rigid in style and instruction, almost mechanical in nature. So, I visited several schools in the area before I made my decision. Newbury Park Martial Arts Center was the best choice for my son and I because of their “real world approach” to instruction. Anyone can attend a “mainstream” school and earn belts quickly. At the end of the day however, how much do they really know about defending themselves in a real world situation?
This truly is an amazing program and dojo—and we look forward to seeing Ethan earn his Black Belt here…
Joe and Kris Ellsworth
Since day one, actually from the first phone call, I have been made to feel right at home. All of the instructors are extremely warm and personable. Yet, they never shy away from constructive criticism. It’s the best of both worlds – good technique and attitude are reinforced while areas of improvement are addressed with encouragement and patience. I have studied several different martial arts over the years but I have to say Newbury Park Martial Arts Center is one of the best environments I’ve ever had the privilege in which to study. It’s reflected in the students themselves as well. No one is out to get you, to hurt you or to prove his or her self better than you. Everyone helps everyone else become a better martial artist and a better person overall. And the art itself… incredible! It combines tried and true ancient techniques with a modern approach to make it even more effective in today’s day and age.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being such a huge part of our time in Newbury Park.
When we started our adventure at NPMAC, we discussed how it takes a village to raise a child. We are so proud that the dojo was one of the members of Connor’s “village”. The dojo, all the instructors and students made such a difference in our lives.
We first came to the dojo when Connor was having significant behavioral issues in school, unfocused, disrespectful and just an all around unhappy kid. Within our first month at the dojo we had experienced a complete turn-around. His attitude at both school and home (and the dojo!) was so improved! The dojo is such a special place. We have looked at different dojo’s in our new location with no success. Their focus has all been about memorizing movements and words and not understanding the why behind the art. We are continuing to look for a good fit for us in our new dojo, but don’t think we will be as lucky this time.
NPMAC is truly a special place. We wished y’all could have moved with us. Thank you for being a part of our “village” and making such a huge impact on our son. Since our move, he has continued to succeed and thrive using the tools that were taught at the dojo.
You are missed,
I was recently honored with a Coach of the Year award by the youth soccer organization for which I volunteer (AYSO), and I believe that I owe at least part of the award to my training, and trainers, at NPMAC. NPMAC helped me develop several of the tools that I used to be a successful coach this past year. For example, I incorporated into my practices several principles from the dojo’s Student Creed. The concepts of believing in oneself and being confident (the first and second principles of the Student Creed) play a huge role on the soccer field, as they do in the dojo. Kids play better, and have more fun, when they believe they can perform the skills required in the game. I emphasized these concepts right from the outset of the season in my talks with the kids, giving them kudos for having the courage to come out and play when many others weren’t willing to do so (literally something I’ve heard NPMAC trainers say to new recruits countless times). I also created a positive environment for the kids where it is OK to make mistakes, and gave kids honest praise when they performed effectively. This worked incredibly well for both of the teams I coached. I believe I gained credibility with the kids by giving them honest feedback, and I earned their trust by emphasizing the positive (not the negative) in what they did. When I needed to provide necessary constructive criticism, I could use the credibility and trust I had already earned with them to give them critical feedback without worry that I was going to “lose” them. I see these techniques being used effectively in the dojo all the time, and I put them to excellent use in my personal life. I wanted to share this positive “real life” experience with others and express my tremendous satisfaction with the NPMAC program and its trainers.
Newbury Park Martial Arts Center has given me the courage to confidently tackle challenges. I was in OK health, but needed to be better; I was working like crazy but needed to make the time for myself. After a friend encouraged me to check out the dojo, I was hooked after my first class.
Not only do I feel energized when I leave, but the insights stay with me throughout the day. Part of the discipline of To-Shin Do is simply showing up to class. I schedule 90 minutes per week for my training, and I am more effective at work and in my family relationships because of it.
Training is now part of my life- period. I invite anyone who wants to be more successful, have broader vision, and the experience the best self-defense to come down and check out our dojo. It’s like a family.
My son Jake has been coming to Newbury Park Martial Arts Center for almost a year and loves coming every time. He learns respect for his teachers, safety, and about living a healthy lifestyle. He is taught how to say no to bullies or a stranger that may approach him. His teachers are very patient with all the kids and their abundance of energy in the C.O.O.L. Kidz class. We plan on continuing for years to come.
NPMAC is hands-down the most comprehensive and useful martial arts discipline. This was the first studio my son and I visited when we were looking for martial arts two and half years ago. Kriss won us over immediately. She and all of the instructors are great with kids. They incorporate fun and training in a way that all the kids feel empowered and successful. I like that the discipline, To Shin Do, is not a sport and they do not teach a series of movements. Rather, the techniques are practical for real-life self defense. In addition, the philosophy of their “Code of Ethics” can be used in all aspects of life: martial arts, school, home, etc. Since starting martial arts at NPMAC, my son, who is now 9, is more confident, not afraid to speak up, and feels ready to defend himself. We love the dojo and all it has to offer.
“Since I been going to ninja training, I feel good about myself. I like the dunk and jump games and using the throwing stars.” – Donovan Holloway
“My husband and I are really impressed with the how much each of our boys have grown in the last year since taking martial arts at the dojo. With neither of us having much experience with martial arts, we did not know what to expect. The dojo staff is very friendly and provides a positive environment for everyone. You feel a sense of family.
We’ve seen our boys self-confidence grow and discipline being instilled. In addition, it is awesome to see them belt test and have the feeling of accomplishment. I would highly recommend this dojo (as I have to several people). Thank you NPMAC.”
I appreciate training with my kids at Newbury Park Martial Arts Center because it gives us time together enjoying a common activity – one that promotes health, awareness, and well-being. Sometimes life can pull families in different directions; it’s easy to feel fragmented and separated from one another. Learning To-Shin Do gives us the opportunity to participate together in something meaningful a few evenings a week. My kids and I enjoy practicing with each other at home as well. In addition to the Christian principles we follow as a family, I also draw on the values of To-shin Do when my kids (and I, for that matter) are faced with difficult social situations. I am confident that we are all being equipped with abilities that will benefit us throughout our lives. Thank you, NPMAC!
Stephanie de Vos
Senior Financial Analyst
Sierra is very shy in new situations but once acclimated is very outgoing. I know this training will be a huge benefit & confidence builder for her and she is having a great time.
As a law enforcement officer I enjoy the training I get from the Newbury Park Martial Arts Center. I can apply it to all aspects of my personal and professional life. The instructors are amazing and make learning the art fun and easy. I would recommend anyone and everyone to come join the fun and learn something that you can carry with you the rest of your life.
My daughter had tried 3 different studios before NPMAC.
This is the real deal.
Not a dance routine , not a promotional factory of black belts , but real warrior ethics with a basis in eastern philosophy.
This is more than fitness and discipline , this is a nurturing environment where each student is taught to tap into their personal power.
My 11 year old daughter started here in second grade. I can’t imagine raising a powerful female without the guidance of Kriss , Simon and Paul.
Extraordinary instructors , immaculate space and generations of ninjas make this family.
On behalf of the entire Johnson family we want to thank you all for everything you do for our children. Nicholas started with your Little Ninja program and the results were incredible. We where amazed on how this program focused on real life self defense for children and how to protect themselves in this modern world and was so much more than a simple Karate learn how to punch and kick. The skills he learned in Little Ninja focused on situational awareness, making healthy choices, learning how to listen, respond, follow directions, focus energy, balance coordination, falling, rolling, and so much more. We really enjoyed how much support and respect you gave to Nicholas when he did something positive and when he was promoted to a higher rank, he was so happy with his accomplishments. The homework assignments where really fun and rewarding. When Nicholas graduated to Cool Kidz he was so excited and we all where so proud of him.
The Cool Kidz program took everything to the next level! Expanded real life situational awareness with strangers, kidnapping, getting lost in stores, talking to strangers, getting into cars, being tricked into speaking with a stranger, and then how to defend yourself if a stranger grabs your hands, wrists, neck, bear hug, ect. The program continued with advanced training in balance, coordination, striking, posture, listening, self control, showing respect to others, controlling emotions, and so much more.
Nicholas loves training with you all and has made this apart of his life. He has a new family of friends and mentors with you all as well as a support team similar focused on making him successful in all phases of his life. We can’t thank you enough for everything you do and thank An-shu Stephen and Rumiko Hayes for his creation of To-Shin Do, the modern application of his life long training in Ninjitsu (Ninja) from Japan. Growing up in the 1980’s I was amazed with anything Ninja and read anything Mr. Hayes published. When I found out we had a local Ninja-Ninjitsu-To-Shin-Do program I knew what an incredible opportunity it would be for my family to learn and train with you all.
We thank you all for the love, support, and friendship you give our families. For anyone thinking about training with you at any age, just do it, you will be so happy that you did. From Little Ninja, to Cool Kidz, Teenagers, Adults, and Senior Citizens, Newbury Park Martial Arts Center has something for you all! We are so lucky to have them in our local community so take advantage of this opportunity and go train! It’ so much more than simply self-defense, it’s really about getting healthy both physically, mentally, spiritually, making friends, learning about your body, movement patterns, balance, flexibility, coordination, preventing disease by staying active in a fun and rewarding environment and yes learning one of the most complete and modern self defense martial systems in the world today to protect your friends, family, and loved one’s! They are located just off the freeway by Amgen and easily accessed from the tri-county area.
Thanks again everyone,
The Johnson Family
Tom, Ellie, and Nicholas
Your dojo that brings us Stephen K. Hayes teachings is a superbe inspiration on so many levels to us.
You make us better human beeings, stronger and more integrated, and we feel so warmly supported by you, “our tribe”!
Thank you !
You are the BEST!
The most enlightening, supportive, and selflessly dedicated instructors I have ever trained under are the brilliant instructors at NPMAC. Rarely have I come across such a holistic training program, aimed at making every student a more successful and balanced person. I leave every class with a big smile!
NPMAC is an amazing place where both women and men, young and old, are instructed in both mental and physical skills to help them be successful. Their specialty is teaching someone with not much size or strength to defend themselves.
My two tween girls have learned to defend themselves using these techniques. One night they even flipped a grown man onto the mat, much to their surprise and his.
For leadership skills, each month a different aspect is focused on. They learn how to create the mental discipline to control their emotions and set goals. They learn how to be respectful, productive leaders in society.
I highly recommend NPMAC for everyone, especially for ladies and girls. We all need these skills.
Mom to Elyse and Rosalie
I love the classes so far. The most enjoyable part is the entire mental part of the training. Learning why certain movements work and gaining confidence and the ability to know when to use.
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Wow! What an awesome facility & we love the flexibility of the programs. This is a family friendly operation. We were looking for a martial arts program for our 12yr old grandson. The minute we walked into the Newbury Park Center we were impressed by the organized layout & the attention given to our grandson. The staff explained the types of training available emphasizing that school, sports participation & family activities were an important part of their philosophy of focusing on total development of a students potential. If you are looking for a well run, clean facility with instructors who will provide an individual lesson plan for your family member this is the place. Highly recommend this center.
Two weeks ago, I enrolled Nicholas and Nathan in a martial arts class that I think is amazing. Knowing how to respond to bullies is part of the learning curriculum. So far, in EVERY class, the boys have had to practice what they would do if someone bullied them. What I love, is that the teachers absolutely do not want them to engage in a fight. The emphasis is using words. The teachers will pretend to be the bullies in the class, and the kids are taught to put their hands up as a shield and yell with a strong voice, “STOP IT! BACK OFF!” once they feel threatened. But, they are taught ways to break out if someone grabs their shirt, etc. And, when they do use self-defense to break out, the teachers remind them, “Back away from the trouble!” Last week, half the class had to be “bullies”, and the other half huddled with the teacher to be “prepped.” The “bullies” walked up to their partner and said something not nice, and the other kids were prepared to say something. Everyone ended up laughing.
I truly feel lucky to have found this program. They even had a game where they had to learn to introduce themselves to someone new. Is it a martial arts class, or a social skills class? I feel like it’s both. Not only are they learning self-defense, but they are having so much fun in the class and making new friends. What really put this program over the top for me, was their student creed, which they recite as a class, like the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I believe in myself. I am confident. I can accomplish my goals. I believe in what I study. I am disciplined. I am ready to learn and advance. I believe in my teachers. I show respect to all who help me progress.”
I could go on and on about why I love this program. But, here is the website for you to check out. The place is called Newbury Park Martial Arts Center (it’s near Amgen). Be sure to check out the Student Creed, and the 14 point Code for Powerful Living.