Head Instructor, Jugodan—15th Degree Black Belt
Mr. Hayes has been training in the Bujinkan Dojo for more than 29 years and has over a total of 3 decades of experience in the martial arts. Mr. Hayes has studied various other arts before finding his home and settling on the methods of the Bujinkan Dojo.
Mr. Hayes has been teaching the art for the last 27 years. He earned the title of “Shidoshi” (Teacher of the Warrior Ways) in 1995 when he passed the Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) Test under his direct teacher and now Sempai, Robert Johnson, “Shihan” (Master Instructor), Jugodan (15th Degree Black Belt) of the Bujinkan Indianapolis Dojo. Sensei Hayes was a weekly student at the Indianapolis dojo for his first two years of training which met and trained 6 times a week.
Mr. Hayes’s career as an Engineering Director in the Medical Field required him to not only move to Northern Indiana but to California as well later. Mr. Hayes founded the Bujinkan Kosciusko Dojo in Warsaw, Indiana with Shihan Johnson’s consent. When Mr. Hayes moved to California, Jim McDairmant, a young and upcoming student took on the responsibilities of running the Bujinkan Kosciusko Dojo which continues to run today.
Mr. Hayes is also an Executive Protection Specialist and is certified as an instructor in use of the baton. He has also served as a hand to hand combat and EP instructor for Protection Services.
Mr. Hayes is currently a Jugodan (15th Degree Black Belt) in the Bujinkan Dojo and is a member of the International Bujinkan Dojo Organization and Shidoshi-Kai (Instructors Guild) headed by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi the “Soke” (Grandmaster) of the tradition. Mr. Hayes takes his direction from Hatsumi Sensei and Johnson Sensei directly. Mr. Hayes typically travels to Japan at least annually with Johnson Sensei to train with Hatsumi Sensei and the other Shihan (Master Instructors in Japan).