The Art – Experience personal transformation through the unique martial art of To-Shin Do®
The Ninja of ancient Japan were martial arts wizards who unlocked the secrets of subtle movement in order to protect their community. For hundreds of years nine families have passed down these lessons in secret to the current generation.
Discovered Once More
In the 1970’s a young man, Stephen K. Hayes, traveled to Japan with the unlikely goal of finding the ninja. He succeeded, joined them, became a direct student of the last ninja grandmaster Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi and through his seminars, books and videos introduced the world to the art of ninjutsu.
For the Modern World
Today these lessons are taught around the world and made applicable for westerners in the twenty-first century through Stephen K. Hayes’ art of To-Shin Do®. Boulder Quest Center, with over a century of combined martial experience, can be your guide.
Sensei – Your guides on the Warrior’s Quest
Ian Hyotoshi (pyo-toh-shee) Pucek is one of only a handful of Rokudan 6th Degree Black Belts in To-Shin-Do, with over 30 years of experience. Hyotoshi’s Warrior name means “Warrior Knight of the Blade of Military Service,” and he has 20+ years as an Intelligence Officer in U.S. Special Operations. He began his study of Ninjutsu in September, 1986, shortly thereafter meeting An-Shu Stephen K Hayes and joining the Shadows of Iga Ninja Society to show his commitment to learning from this western master. Hyotoshi is now a certified instructor within the Shadows of Iga’s Marishi Kai Instructors Guild and was awarded a Shidoshi-Ho instructor license under Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster of the Bujinkan.
In addition to his practical approach to dealing with conflict, Hyotoshi enjoys assisting others on the path to becoming a fully actualized human being. Students say he embodies the essence of warriorship while remaining very approachable. He has recently created “PTS Free”, a program for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress that allows them to powerfully transform their lives quickly and effectively. Family is also of the utmost importance to Hyotoshi, so when off the mat you’ll find him being a new grandpa par excellence.
Ian Leitoshi (ray-toh-shee) Sanderson holds the rank of Sandan 3rd Degree Black Belt and has studied martial arts for over 20 years. His Warrior name means “Warrior Knight of the Encouraging Blade.” Prior to finding his home in To-Shin Do, he trained variously in Mizongyi Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, Pa-Kua, Brazilian Jujutsu, Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu, Arnis, Iaido, and Capoeira. He has also spent his life as a wilderness experience facilitator and brings his wilderness and martial arts backgrounds together in his teaching of awareness, stealth, camouflage, tracking, and many other outdoor skills. A member of the Mohawk Nation, Turtle clan, Ian is from the Six Nations of the Grand River reservation in Ontario, Canada. He has also spent many years studying and teaching Indigenous cultural traditions, rights, history, and modern issues. Additionally, he is senior adjunct faculty at Naropa University and has facilitated 800-900 group training and speaking engagements over the last 20 years serving a diverse array of organizations. He sees the ninja lineage as a living history that has much to teach us today about how the disenfranchised can find freedom, prosperity, and happiness now.
In between all this, Ian can be found hanging out with his amazing wife, housemates, two dogs, two cats, eight chickens, a bunch of fish, and a whole lot of bees as they all try to figure out small-scale sustainable community.
Casey Toland was awarded the To-Shi Warrior name of Boutoshi (boh-toh-shee), “Warrior Knight of the Abundant Blade,” by An-Shu Stephen K. Hayes. This name references the abundance of spirit and enthusiasm Casey brings to the dojo, as well as his diverse martial arts background. Prior to his training in To-Shin Do, Boutoshi earned a second-degree black-belt in World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) style Taekwondo, going so far as to compete on the Olympic Qualifier Circuit. He also has a first-degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate and extensive experience in Arnis and Lung-Ying Kung-Fu. Casey serves as Boulder Quest’s Senior instructor under the tutelage of Ian Hyotoshi Pucek and Ian Leitoshi Sanderson.
In his personal time Casey works as an artisan, creating custom made wooden training weapons, and as a professional freelance graphic designer. For fun he enjoys nerd culture, running a regular Dungeons and Dragons session with friends and making an annual trip to Denver Pop Culture Con.
Lisa is a second-degree black belt and instructor at Boulder Quest Center, and has decades of experience teaching, leading and inspiring students in many different disciplines. She was trained in classical ballet, and has studied and certified in a number of body-mind practices, including Sivananda yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Shiatsu, Reiki and other forms of energy work, and fire walking. Through her professional training in addictions counseling, trauma work and embodiment therapies, Lisa has mentored hundreds of women of all ages. She’s currently developing a women’s self-protection program devoted to empowering and educating young women on college campuses.
In her professional life, Lisa is a health and nutrition researcher, food writer, author of five books and founder of three food companies. She has also trained extensively in the field of emotional eating, is a certified Psychology of Eating coach, and works with dozens of clients with food and addiction issues.
Keegan holds a second-degree black belt in To-Shin Do at the Boulder Quest Center, as well as a third-degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo, and a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is the mind behind BQC’s youth program, but with over 10 years of martial arts teaching experience, he enjoys teaching all ages. Born a Boulder City native, he started his movement journey with classical ballet and has experience with several forms of healing arts including Reiki and Kinetic Kinesiology.
When Keegan is not at the dojo, he works to maintain his fluency in the Japanese language by working at a local traditional Japanese restaurant. But the martial arts have been his obsession since he was 7, so his mind never truly leaves.
Jack Evarts is a 1st degree Black Belt, and our youngest instructor. He first started training when he was twelve, and eight years later he now assists in running our little shinobi and youth programs while also attending the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder. Jack first found the Boulder Quest Center through one of our outreach programs at his middle school and has loved training ever since. Training here also helped Jack discover a passion for helping others as he began to show interest in becoming a coach barely a year after he began training, eventually becoming a full-fledged instructor in 2018.