Quest Martial Arts programs focus on intelligent and realistic self-defense as opposed to sport, competition martial arts, or "kiddie karate". Today this is rare in the martial arts. We specialize in highly efficient and effective approaches to self-protection with a minimum effort, maximum result technology. This is in contrast to the more common athletically focused styles of stronger and faster. Our programs are firmly rooted in the methods employed by the legendary Ninja Shadow Warriors. Our goal is to provide you a smarter, not harder approach to self-defense.

  • Real self-defense equals no rules
  • Training is safe, fun, and respectful
  • Reasonable, functional fitness is emphasized
  • Life-enhancing meditation and mind strengthening
  • A new community of friends and associates
  • An increased sense of well-being

The techniques that make up the core of our training method are based on an ancient and well-tested system of warrior disciplines handed down by nine historical Japanese lineages. At the same time, our training is built around a very modern approach to successfully handling the kinds of threats and confrontations that are most likely in our own contemporary culture.

From the very first lesson, students learn methods that they can use right away, regardless of their physical condition or any prior martial arts experience.

Level 1 – Foundations of Self-Protection: The To-Shin Do Ninjutsu, nine month Foundations of Self-Protection course is designed to provide you with a grounding in effective physical, intellectual, and emotional self-protection - and provide you with an exciting excursion into the potentials of empowering self-development.

White Belt is the most important rank in the martial arts - a new beginning. You are starting a quest for knowledge and skill through the 5 elements of universal energy. The 5 elements are Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and the Void.Your journey begins with the Earth element. Our first goal is to help you build a foundation for growth, setting training habits and patterns to pave the way for continued skill development. You can do this!

Yellow Belt is your first promotion and indicates that you are grasping the fundamental concepts of the Earth element.  You will begin to experience what it feels like to handle successfully different forms of confrontation from start to finish. This stuff works!

Yellow & Black Belt is where you strengthen your grasp of Earth concepts and techniques. As your skills improve you will begin to explore making decisions under pressure, and make effective choices for successful defense. Now you’re on your way to Level 2 and the Water and Fire elements!


The Quest Martial Arts 18 month “Advanced Self-Protection” course builds on the ability to recognize potential danger and the capability of responding effectively that you learned in the “Fundamentals of Self-Protection” course. This segment of your skill development will focus on the water and fire elements. You will learn to use angling, strategic timing, distancing and positioning to win over adversity. The water element will focus on methods of retreating effectively from immediate danger while engineering either an escape or an effective counter attack. The fire element will focus on when and how to be effectively assertive and aggressive in order to prevent or end a conflict with minimum effort and maximum effectiveness.

This level will feature advanced striking, kicking, wrist shears, takedowns and throws.

The Quest Martial Arts 18 month “Path of the Protector” course is the final stage in the journey toward black belt. You will reinforce your working knowledge of the Earth, Water and Fire elements. You will begin to explore the Wind element, focusing on freedom of movement, effective leverage, and actively redirecting momentum. In addition you will explore the Void concept of formlessly appropriate action. With an eye to spontaneous creativity and adaptation you will refine the principles and techniques studied in the first four elements. You will now begin to make the art your own as your responses to threats become ever-more intuitive and natural.


Quest Martial Arts Level 4 training includes passage through 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree black belt skill development. You will be exposed to, and practice regularly, highly advanced concepts, techniques and strategies. 1st through 3rd degree black belt is analogous to freshman year in college through completion of graduate studies. The student gains a much greater understanding of their individual strengths and weaknesses and how to most effectively build on these. Increasingly challenging situations and solutions are presented and explored. In order to graduate to the level of 3rd degree black belt students are required to pursue in-depth study of both modern and historic weapons. This is the phase at which a student becomes highly effective as an accomplished martial artist.


The Quest Martial Arts Mighty Dragons Training Curriculum is designed for children five through nine years of age.The emphasis is on fun, building confidence and awareness. Through creative, safe and effective exercises they learn real self-defense skills, and when to use them. We create a fun, safe and adventurous experience that has the potential to transform the children into healthier, happier, stronger individuals while learning valuable skills.

In order to provide the best experience possible for our young students, every moment, from the time they walk in the door is a positive experience. Our professional adult instructors are trained not only in the martial arts, but also in professional classroom management and the three modes of learning: visual, verbal and kinesthetic. 

The Program Director and Mighty Dragons instructor, Helen Russo, has over 20 years of martial arts experience, is the mother of two, and a grandmother, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling.