Hanshi Kaufman delivers value and is in great demand as a teacher for the new millennium. A lifetime of martial arts work spanning close to 60 years includes teaching and practical experience with the United States Air Force, N.Y.C. law enforcement agencies, NYC Board of Education, NYC Dept. for the Aging, private litigation firms, international marketing groups, corporations, local community centers, and private schools, He has appeared and spoken on radio and TV numerous times, lectured at Wainwright House, Brooklyn College, Learning Annex, rehabilitation centers, and has been interviewed by radio interview pioneer Joe Franklin, who considers Hanshi to be “one of the most important self-help motivation masters of our time.” Hanshi holds the rank and title of Hanshi, 10th Dan, the most prestigious accomplishment in the martial arts world and has been awarded prestigious recognition with Hall of Fame Platinum Lifetime Achievement and Martial Arts Pioneer awards from international associations among countless others. He currently hosts his own Hanshi's World cable TV show originating in New York at MNN.ORG in NYC, which streams worldwide.
His most significant achievement is the founding of SELF-REVEALIZATION ACCEPTANCE™ in 1993, the first and foremost reality facilitation concept ever presented to the modern world. He has transformed thousands of lives through his work with his best-selling books, Self-Revealization Acceptance – Your Divine Right to Live in Joy and Freedom and Practicing Self- Revealization Acceptance – 52 Weekly Ascensions to Empower Your Life.
Hanshi Kaufman is a world-class authority on management strategy and personal motivation, empowering audiences to turn every challenge, business and personal, into opportunity by demonstrating definitive working models and techniques that assure advantageous results. Hanshi's books sell in the hundreds of thousands and are acclaimed as the finest works on the subjects done to date. Speaking with true understanding of the lessons taught by the ancient masters, his work is considered essential reading and study for individuals, groups, and organizations interested in progressive personal management strategy, motivation development, spiritual ascension, and spiritual mind healing.
Hanshi has maintained an extensive career in the martial arts world since the 1950’s. An acknowledged “founding father” of American Karate, he is, along with his rank and title of Hanshi, a 10th dan Shodai soke, 1st generation founder of Dojo no Hebi-School of the Snake (Hebi-Ryu Budo), considered by many international grandmasters to be one of the most formidable and realistic martialist methods in the world. The title of Hanshi was given to Stephen F. Kaufman in 1993 by many peer groups and masters.
He began serious study of karate in Okinawa while serving in the United States Air Force in 1958 and was one of the first USAF karate instructors as part of the American Karate Federation (Accredited by the Japan Karate Assn: Messrs. Shuji Masutani, Masotomo Takagi, Hidetaka Nishiyama). Hanshi began teaching in New York City in 1961 and continues to this day. His daily karate, iaido, and sai workouts in Central Park have become legend.
Continually striving to learn more of the budo arts, Hanshi practices daily: karate, weaponry, and iaido with a select group of “shosei” students. He teaches self-defense to many national security agencies, senior citizen groups, community centers, corporations, and private clients. He travels the world as a Good Will Ambassador.
Recognized as a master speaker and symposium leader, he conducts business management and motivation seminars and is widely sought out by major institutions and global groups. He is considered one of the more functional and productive strategy facilitators on the contemporary circuit. He is the author of 37 books and is extensively published by Tuttle, Paladin, McGraw-Hill and his own Hanshi Warrior Press. His works include the world-famous versions of Musashi's Book of Five Rings, Sun Tzu’s Art of War, The Shogun's Scroll, The Living Tao, The Sword in the Boardroom, Self-Revealization Acceptance, Practicing Self-Revealization Acceptance, The Art of Stick Fighting, and the coveted Hanshi David Mann action/adventure series including, The Hanshi of Central Park, The Hanshi in Brussels, etal. He continues to write, teach, travel, and study. He lives in NYC and continues to practice the arts and disciplines of Hebi-ryu karate and iaido.