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"Hello Mr. Amundson. My original background is in martial arts, teaching Taekwondo and Kickboxing. Since I've discovered CrossFit I've never been in better shape in my life. I've never felt better, never been faster, never lifted more, or more importantly to me, never been mentally stronger than I am now. When I began training, simply attempting the WODs was satisfying enough at first. Then setting goals helped keep me motivated (double body weight deadlift, improved Fran, linking muscle-ups). But now I'm consistently motivated to just be a better me thanks to your mental reworkings! I recently watched your lecture on leadership and mental workouts at the CrossFit One facility at Reebok HQ and it was the most eye opening, light bulb moment I've had in CrossFit to date. Equal to any PR! I've literally set free my anxiety over certain WODs or techniques. Your energy and enthusiasm is palpable through the screen and your examples and metaphors are inspiring! I hope you're breathing fire for years more and someday I can thank you in person."

— James Walsh

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Musha Shugya

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“Only those who will risk going to far, can possible find out how far they can go.

T.S. Ellott

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Musha Shugya was a Samurai Warriors ritual quest for knowledge, purpose and “Kokoro” also known as a “Warriors Heart.” Similar to a Knights Errantry in Medieval Europe, these quests merge the boundaries between the possible and impossible. The Musha Shugya is a rite of passage – a pursuit of excellence in mind, body and spirit.DCIM106GOPRO

Musha Shugya was founded in 2015 by Greg Amundson to encourage and inspire people to achieve more than they think possible. At CrossFit Amundson, we host three Musha Shugya Warrior Quests a year – each of epic proportion. One thing is certain: The experience will challenge your very essence and forge you into a better person.

Legend has it Medieval Knights and ancient Samurai Warriors would conduct pilgrimages, wandering around the countryside, challenging themselves and each other in feats of immense physical and mental strength. These quests were intended to purify their spirit, and to forge an indomitable will that would serve them in battle. This truth was reflected in the Samurai’s maxim, “Tomorrows battle is won in todays training.” Modern day Warrior practices now embrace the philosophy, “Do today what others won’t; Achieve tomorrow what others can’t.

Similar to a CrossFit Hero workout, each Musha Shugya is programmed at a level very few people will be able to accomplish. However, upon accepting the challenge of the Musha Shugya, each quest-seeker is able to modify and scale the challenge to meet their unique needs and capacity. There are three levels of Musha Shugya graduate:

Completion: A Candidate who completes the entire day of training, evolutions, exercises, and excursions. This candidate shows up, and stays until the battle is complete.

Graduate: A Candidate who completes Three out of Five of the official Musha Shugya evolutions that take place during the day. These must be completed at the “Rx’d” level. Candidate remains composed during all evolution and displays leadership ability.

Honor Graduate: A Candidate who completes Five out of Five trading evolutions. Candidate displays courage, leadership, and motivation for self and others.

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2016 Musha Shugya Dates (all day events)

May 7, 2016
July 30, 2016
October 1, 2016

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena… Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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