Taihenjutsu Class

Ukemi and Ground Flow 

Saturdays 10:30 am to 11:15 am


September 16, 2019 we will began offering morning Taijutsu classes on Mondays and Wednesdays level 1, 2, 3 starting at 10 am, 11 am and 12 noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays level 4 at 11 am, Level 1, 2, 3 at 11:45 am you must be registered to attend.

Also we  are now offering classes:




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Art of Life Sanctuary
Ninjutsu Introductory Training Programs

Starting in the fall, September 23, 2019, you can participate as our guest, for one week in any one of our To-Shin Do Ninjutsu Training Programs.

1. Taijutsu (Unarmed Defense)
2. Kenjutsu (Sword)
3. Bojutsu (Long stick fighting)

Register by email:
theartoflifesanctuary@gmail.com or call(313) 744-3701 to register for your complimentary training week.

By appointment only, No walk-ins.

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Assistants Instructor

Sensei Lisa Murray begin her studies in To-Shin Do Ninjutsu training in 2010 under the guidance of Sensei Joel Dentoshi Iverson. She earned her Shodan 1st degree black belt in 2013, Nidan 2nd degree black belt in 2015, and in 2018 she became the assistant instructor at the Art of Life Sanctuary.

Private Lessons
Private lessons are available directly from Sensei Iverson. If you are having difficulty in any area, or just want to make sure you are on the right track, you can email us for an appointment.


Kukishinden Kenjutsu kihon Japanese sword classes, take the journey.

Monday at 5:45 pm to  6:30 pm

Wednesday  at 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm

Saturday at 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm

Don't just live,  thrive!

Learn to SURVIVE not just Self-Defense

To-Shin Do

Tutoring classes
Already a student, ask about our Tutoring classes and get more understanding about your curriculum.

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Private Dojo

To-Shin Do

To-Shin Do annual student membership $25. 


"Every encounter is sacred, and could present the one potential key to the perfection of the great universal enlightenment we seek".

Meaning behind the names: 

Art of Life Sanctuary

Art of Life
The word Art, in this sense, means your creation, and Life means how you decide to live within that creation or in other words, this world.

The Sanctuary is a private dojo where one can come and be guided to develop that self-empowerment through our training; mentally, physically and spiritual.


Kukishinden Bojutsu kihon Japanese warrior art long staff fighting, take the journey.​

Wednesdays  at 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm

Thursdays at 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturdays at 11:15 am to 12:00 noon

NIN – Important symbolism behind the To-Shin Do name
The Japanese written character for 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 portion 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 of the character is pronounced “sheen”, and means “heart”-Shin represents the resolute spirit needed to prevail over negative forces that attempt to drive us to defeat.

Together as the 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.

An-Shu Stephen K. Hayes


​​​​​Monday  Training

5:00 pm to 5:45 pm Levels 1, 2 , 3

Tuesday  Training

11:00 am to 11:45 am Level 4 

11:45 am to 12:30 pm  Levels 1, 2, 3 

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm Level 1
5:15 pm to 6:00 pm Level 2 
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Level 3 
6:45 pm to 7:30 pm Level 4

Wednesday  Training

5:00 pm to 5:45 pm Levels 1, 2, 3

Thursday  Training

11:00 am to 11:45 am  Level  4 

11:45 am to  12:30 pm  Levels 1, 2, 3

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm Level 1
5:15 pm to 6:00 pm Level 2
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm  Level 3

Saturday Training 

12:00 noon to 12:45 pm

(All levels 1, 2, 3, 4)