The Curse of Modernity has stolen sacred and ancient truths. You know this curse in the emptiness you feel, the pain you endured, the dissatisfaction that plagues you. You want to break free, to be valiant: a 勇姿 (Yushi).
You’ll find what you seek beyond the things of man: in the Wilds. Epic adventures, untold power, and clarity of mind will find you on this path...along with challenges and tests. The strength you need is in you.
指導者 (Shidosha), Master Explorers who have traveled this path before you will guide you on 勇姿道 (Yushido), the Way of the Hero. Unlike games, there is no cheat. The only way over is through. But you'll never be alone.

Be the Hero of Your Own Story

Yushido is a program of adventure games set in amazing places throughout west central Florida and beyond. It's a club for people who love action and fantasy. You get fitter, healthier, more capable and confident. Don't just watch a character, BECOME the hero. In a year's time, you can be an Okami Yushi who has swung from vines, climbed mountains, and meditated under ancient waterfalls in Japan. To break the Curse of Modernity, you must develop 心と体の調和 (Kokoro to karada no chowa), harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Complete adventures to discover all the Curse has taken from you and unite it in true alignment. Earn Experience Points (XP) as you go. When you have enough XP, level up to new challenges and new discoveries.
Tanuki Level Tanuki are mischievous shapeshifters. They are found around people, though you may not see them as what they are. If respected, they bring blessings. If mistreated, tricks. This is Level 1. See just how much the Curse has taken from you. Learn skills for your quest. Develop your character and assemble your gear. These adventures will involve walking on mostly level, well-maintained surfaces. Moderate climate. Around 3 hours of activity. Awakening The Curse tells you that wild places are dangerous and scary. But there is no such thing as a bad environment. Only bad skills. Play these intro games so you'll know what lies ahead. You'll learn about clothing and gear, plants and animals, weather, and the most dangerous element of any environment: your own imagination. Discover your Super Powers Most of us only use a fraction of our natural ability. 勇姿 (Yushi) know how to access the abilities the Curse is filtering out. This three-part series focuses on using vision, hearing, and touch to their fullest. You'll need these skills in your later adventures and can use them in everyday life. Which Way! This adventure teaches you the principles and basic skills of natural navigation. Attempt to locate the Tanukis' Lair and find your way back. Find your way in the Wilds or the concrete jungle using these simple techniques. Once the skills become habit, you won't have to remember where you parked ever again. へんしーんんん! (Henshin) Humans are the most adaptable species on the planet. Your ability to transform is your first power. Learn how your body adapts in the short and long term. Try out various adaptation strategies used around the world. Get ready...this adventure will challenge assumptions you didn't know you made. Are you ready to HENSHIIiiiinnn!? Adventure Strong Yushi have to stay fit in body as well as mind and spirit. From Indy to Rey to Luffy, heroes train their bodies to be ready for anything. The best way to train for adventures, is to DO them. So we turn the Wilds into the biggest and best playground imaginable. These short adventures are themed to your level. Find your own style that matches your unique abilities. No sets, reps, mirrors, or boredom. You must complete at least one at each skill level
Kappa Level Kappa is level 2. These adventures take you into the Wilds. Kappa live in water where they are known to pull down unsuspecting people. But if treated with courtesy and respect...and given cucumbers, they will respond in kind and actually guard their friends around water. You will likely get wet on these adventures. More challenging climate (hotter, colder, wetter, drier, etc). Durations of 2-4 hours. Slightly difficult terrain. Kappa's Lair Yushi must face all fears. But our skills tell us where caution is needed. We won't wait for Kappa to find us. We seek them where few human feet have tred...and make friends! As if by magic, the Wilds will shift from scary unknown to welcoming home. Get your first taste of the Wilds and try your Yushi skills in a real setting. Plains of Kuromizu Deep in a region of sun-baked flood-plains lies the Kingdom of 黒水 (Kuromizu) sheltered from the sun and nourished by blackwater. Your task is to find this kingdom and discover its riches. Be warned, the plains may be dry as a desert or flooded. You will never know until you venture in. Will you discover the secrets of this kingdom? Land of Fire Soil At one time, 泥炭地 (Deitanchi) "Fire Soil" existed throughout our land. Sadly most has been consumed. Legend tells of one last store that lies hidden and uncorrupted. Your quest is to verify the existence of this treasure. But you must remain undetected. Begin your lessons in stealthcraft as you discover this hidden trove. You must protect the secrets of Deitanchi! Road of Ghosts The jungles of Florida reclaim anything left by humans. Still, evidence remains to tell the story. Search for these echoes of humanity. But the way to them is challenging. Negotiate obstacles to complete your quest. Will you find the ruins? Can you piece together the story whispered by the ghosts of this place? Challenge your body and mind in this real life mystery. 夜の界 (Yoru no Kai) To Yushi, night is as good as day. Conquer your fears as you hunt nocturnal 妖怪 (Youkai)...oh yes, they exist. We'll find them and learn their true forms. All without artificial light. Your night vision will fully activate and your fears will melt as you enter the real Realm of Night.
Kodama Level Kodama are tree spirits that appear only in pristine forests to those who can perceive them. These adventures challenge your mind and heart as well as your body. Encounter wonders and develop the inner strength to face your darker demons. At this level, you begin to understand that you carry your enemy inside you. Involves walking on uneven, or inclined terrain. Durations may exceed 4 hours. May involve running, mud, mosquitos, cold, heat, wildlife. May be overnight. Spontaneous Paths Trek into trackless wilds...or are they... Encounter a world apart: imposing cross-shaped thorns, balance courses of cypress logs, intoxicating fields of flowers, and more, as you discover that not all roads are made by humans. Can you follow them? To do so, you'll learn to think beyond the bounds of your curse-dulled mind. Darkest Night The Curse of Modernity requires a massive life-support system. Yushi know this is an illusion. Explore the darkest place in Florida. Learn to camp lightly and comfortably. Feel the wind whisper across vast grassy plains. Drift asleep to choruses of frogs and coyotes. See more stars than most people ever do. If you're REALLY lucky, you might even find the blue ghosts! 木霊の森 (Kodama no Mori) As we move further from the things of man, we also journey deeper within ourselves. Visit an ancient forest in search of Kodama. Kodama can only reveal to those who look within and release what holds them back. Your quest will take a leap forward as this place draws your attention to where the Curse of Modernity has taken root in your deepest parts. Spirit Walkers What Jedi represent, Yushi do for real. Become attuned to the living system around you by combining all your skills at once. Feel the REAL Force. This is your Degobah. The only demons you'll find are the ones you carry with you. Your experience will be uniquely and privately your own. But your 指導者 (Shidosha) will be with you and the Wilds will provide what else you need. Like Ashitaka, you must learn to see through unclouded eyes? Who’s After Who? Track and try to catch an Okami Yushi on the run, then the tables turn and you become the prey. Yushi skills come alive as you have to use them in context to ‘stay alive’. But don’t worry. A ‘kill’ just gets you a little wet.
Okami Level These wolf-like messengers from the spirit world are equally benevolent and dangerous. You may receive incredible aid or be carried beyond this world. Here your skills will be put to the test. If you master these adventures, you're ready for anything. This part of your quest involves difficult and wild terrain. Potential encounters with dangerous wildlife. May include long distances and durations. Not For the Faint of Heart Hidden far from the things of man, in the middle of a deep wild swamp, is a hidden treasure box. Challenge your skills like never before as you work together to unravel clues that lead across an array of landscapes to the treasure. Find it and claim a piece as a token of your success...if you leave one of equal value. And once you're there, will you be able to get back? Heart of the Forest This is the the deepest adventure into the Wilds yet. Draw from all previous experiences to navigate the Wilds to the mysterious Heart of the Forest where you must set the 四方石 (Shihou Ishi), the rumored Cardinal Stones of the Heart. It is said that one who sets all stones in order will receive a blessing to their own deepest heart. Will you receive it? 地獄の平野 (Jigoku no Heiya) Even Yushi must sometimes simply endure. This adventure will test your resolve as you spend 2 days and 1 night in the most inhospitable environment in Florida. If you can still your mind, the magical beauty of this harsh place will reveal itself and you'll leave with a peace that only comes after pitching your tent on the Plains of Hell! Escape! One of the most difficult challenges. This adventure tests your natural navigation skills. You've been captured and led on a march deep into unknown terrain. Seizing a fortuitous moment, you escape. But where are you? Now your band of Okami Yushi must work together to get every member back to safety in time to stop the nefarious plans of your captors. Your Shidosha will be with you the whole time, but hints will cost you. Up the Creek You are ready to expand your range. Far north of our training grounds, lies the Valley of Nearly Perpetual Rain, pulsing with streams and cascades. You must travel there and learn to cook, sleep, and stay warm where 'dry' does not exist. Your final test, will be to ascend against the flows to their origin, and bring the very river back as a trophy.
How it Works
How it Works When you sign up, your Shidosha will contact you to schedule your first adventure. Adventures are available every week, but you can move at your own pace. Start at the first Tanuki adventure and work your way through the levels. Earn Experience Points (XP) by participating in all aspects of the adventure. All challenges are scaled to your ability. You never compete against others. LEVEL BREAKDOWN TANUKI - 450 XP | KAPPA 1050 XP KODAMA - 2050 XP | OKAMI - 4050 XP When you complete the program, you become an Okami Yushi. But this is only your origin story. Like all epics, the end is nothing more than the beginning of a greater adventure. Okami Yushi are invited to exclusive experiences in Japan and around the world. Stay as honored guests in ancient inns, meditate under forgotten waterfalls, scale imposing peaks, and more. Details available only to Yushi. We are waiting for you Yushi! Let's go!

Path of the Yushi . . .

The first step is to find your nakama, your band. If you know them, you can start together. If not, you can meet them on the path. Start Here!

About  Yushido

Yushido is one program created by Jonah Mick. He has over 20 years’ experience in science, educational programming, and trauma recovery. Modern society has given us unbelievable wonders. But it has also given rise to problems: isolation, mental illness, stress, developmental trauma, allergies, even weakening of bones and muscle are increasing to epic levels. These were unknown to most of human history. Adventures are based in observable scientific and experiential facts. We use mythical language because it’s instinctively rooted in our psychology. Few of us will study a textbook but we love excitement, heroic deeds, and epic romance. We can't break the Curse using the flawed thinking it creates! We have to step out of that world to reclaim our dormant powers. If you are reading this, you are already on this journey. In your deep core, you feel the draw of this quest. But you need a guide. This is Yushido!
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