Created By Stephen K. Hayes
This 14-point Code of Mindful
Action was developed for students of the martial art of To-Shin
Do® by founder Stephen K. Hayes.
It is important to him that
people understand that these 14 points form the foundation of
what a warrior / protector is.
As An-shu (Director of Training)
Hayes wrote regarding the Kasumi-An Dojo predecessor to the 14-point
code, the Go-Kai:
"This set of basic
codes is a way to avoid confusion under pressure. Traditionally,
these precepts are vows to avoid doing the kinds of things
that would unnecessarily complicate your life. Reverse the
natural weaknesses of human behavior and use the new skills
of precision as a means to create what you need in life.
As a powerful person, you will want to set an example of
a positive lifestyle through commitment to the Go-Kai in
order to create a happy, safe, and fulfilling community
in which to live.
The five precepts
are not rigid laws or rules. There is no need to swear commitment
to them without the possibility of compromise. They are
guides for action so you do not have to go through the trouble
of determining all the pros and cons whenever you act, speak,
or think. Rigid unquestioned rules actually work to hinder
the potential for developing personal responsibility in
your life. You must find the essence of each admonition,
and find how you can come to a personal experience of what
it takes to advance from the lower levels of spiritual slavery
to the higher realms of enlightened mastery."
An-Shu Hayes also says that
the 14-point code is the foundation of warriorship. It's important
to work to make our communities better, stronger, safer places
because as a result, our own homes will be better, stronger, and
safer places. When our home is a more secure place, our families
are going to be more secure and able to have more happiness. If
our families are more secure and happy, then the payoff is that
we're people who get to live in a happier environment every day
of our lives.
He states that this 14-point
code is very important to an authentic old style traditional martial
arts lineage. Good martial arts teachers "would have never
given a person a sword", An-Shu says, without also giving
them a code of mindful action.
By Stephen K. Hayes
I protect life and health,
I avoid violence whenever possible.
I respect the property and
space of all,
I avoid taking what has not been offered.
I develop significant relationships,
I avoid abusing others for selfish gain.
I thoughtfully express the
I avoid the confusion of dishonest words.
I cultivate a positive attitude,
a healthy body and a clear mind,
I avoid whatever would reduce my physical or mental well-being.
I communicate health, happiness
and peace of mind to everyone I meet,
I avoid violent, disturbing, and unduly critical speech.
I promote harmony and positive
momentum to bring the best in everyone,
I avoid causing alienation, doubt, and division among others.
I encourage all to speak purposefully
from the heart,
I avoid the dull contentment of gossip and small talk.
I am as enthusiastic about
others fulfillment as I am about my own,
I avoid treating others’ successes as the cause of my lacks.
I promote the enjoyment of
life, and encourage others with my smile,
I avoid setting myself against the world.
I promote the search for personal
realization of truth,
I avoid the seductive comforts of narrow-mindedness.
I accomplish what must be done
in a timely and effective way,
I avoid putting off doing that which will benefit me and my world
I strive to be so strong that
nothing can disturb my peace of mind,
I avoid the negative effects of worry, doubt, and regret.
I work to build love,
happiness, and loyalty among all members of my family,
I avoid putting temporary personal benefit ahead of the welfare
of those I love.