“Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.” – Morihei Ueshiba
In much the same way, Life Quest Seminars training is a type of misogi practice designed to restore men’s authentic hearts returning us to the Divine – God. The challenge lies in actively preparing and training participants to live fully while maintaining integrity and values under intense scrutiny, tremendous social pressures, and even violent opposition when venturing out into different landscapes and harsher conditions outside the “dojo” – “training hall.” Aikido actively prepares and trains participants physically, mentally and spiritually to maintain integrity and balance and provides both unique and practical approaches to this challenge.
“For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.” Psalm 18:39
When participants enroll in Life Quest Seminars, they take the first step into our “dojo.” Not a traditional dojo as pictured, our workshops have taken the movements, principles & spirit of Aikido and modified into an accessible, experiential format. Here participants will experience and demonstrate an elevated and intense level of commitment to values, focus and being-ness that many may not have ever stepped into prior to this event. We welcome you.
“Foster and polish
the warrior spirit
while serving in the world;
illuminate the Path in accordance
with the Divine Will.”
yo no naka ni
michi o terase yo
kami no manimani.”
– Morihei Ueshiba
Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont Ca September 2009. Hiroshi Kato sensei, 8th Dan. 1935 – 2012, 74 years old at time of photos. Jimmy graciously hosted Kato sensei, his teacher, in San Francisco each year for more than twenty years. Charles expresses his gratitude to Jimmy for the opportunity to train with Kato.
Our training is inclusive, and each person who enters our training has the capacity and capability along with the physical and emotional content needed to participate fully in every activity including young, old, big, small, overweight, average build, muscular, mechanically enabled, wheelchair-bound, developmentally disabled, etc. Participants do not need to have previous experience with martial arts to participate or receive benefits from this training, and this experience is open to each person who chooses to commit to this practice with integrity. We encourage you to foster and polish your warrior spirit.
“One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.”