Kaiso Steven Hatfield, owner of the Technician Dojo in Columbus, Ohio, boasts more than 25 years in the study of budo. He is the founder of Ryu-Saiichi-Do Karate and Tenshi-Akuma-Do Aiki Jujutsu, both of which have received international certification straight from Japan as well as numerous organizations throughout the world. In addition to founding his own systems, Kaiso Hatfield has also inherited and holds Sokeship in three others, making his credentials as a martial artist, along with his wide range of knowledge, nearly unparalleled in our time. But it's not his credentials that landed him on our Instructor Spotlight.
Kaiso Hatfield has also become my direct instructor. It is because of his unique training methods that I was able to develop my own system into what it is today, and this story is not uncommon for him. Through his organization, the Ryu-Sakura-Do Karate Federation, Kaiso Hatfield has helped countless martial artists on their journey by providing additional training, certifications, foundation, etc. often without any personal benefit for himself. His selfless nature, willingness to serve and his undying love not just for the arts but for his students make him the perfect instructor to feature on this first "Instructor Spotlight" and why I bow in eternal gratitude. Domo arigato gozaimasu!