Major Hayes was born May 15th, 1945, in New York City and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August of 1964. While on active duty he served at a number of major posts including two tours of duty in Iwakuni, Japan, and three tours on the island of Okinawa, where he capitalized on the availability of martial arts instruction in an effort to continue his karate training, which began in 1960.

The Major is the Past President of the U. S. branches of the Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate-do International Association and is also the past Historian of that Okinawa-based organization. He has served as the editor for the Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate-do International Association's journal and now writes and publishes an international martial arts newsletter. Additionally, he is the author of, My Journey With The Grandmaster, a book centering on his experiences on Okinawa which has been read in nine countries and which was awarded The Writer's Digest Certificate of Merit.