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Mountain Quest 2019

Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts

Friday, August 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM - Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Mountain Quest 2019

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Regular Registration Yamabushi + Weekend Training through August 4
Arrive Thursday evening or Friday morning for the Yamabushi Experience and a full weekend of training. Includes event registration and catered dinner on Saturday night. *T-shirt NOT included in ticket price. If you would like a Mountain Quest shirt please purchase in the Additional Items section before check out
Aug 3, 2019 $425.00 $0.00
Regular Registration Weekend Training ONLY   more info Aug 3, 2019 $325.00 $0.00
Yamabushi Experience ONLY
This ticket is for the Friday Yamabushi Experience ONLY. It does not include catered dinner. *T-shirt NOT included in ticket price. If you would like a Mountain Quest shirt please purchase in the Additional Items section before check out
Aug 3, 2019 $150.00 $0.00
Scholarship Fund Donation
Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts tries to keep training available to members of our community who are suffering temporary financial obstacles. A donation to our Scholarship fund would help to make it possible for a training friend to attend Mountain Quest or continue their regular training. Many students wish to make a contribution to the dojo upon obtaining their black-belt or a new black-belt degree, a contribution to our Scholarship Fund represents giving back to this deep community in a very tangible way.
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Event Details

****We will be offering to-shi (3rd degree) testing on the mountain! There are only 5 testing slots available. Please complete the evaluation application no later than May 12th.****  

To Shi Evaluation Application:

Join us for this amazing tradition and the most authentic training experience outside of Japan! We gather on a training ground on the same latitudinal line as the original Ninja training grounds of Mount Togakure in Japan, it’s the closest to the lineage of ninja you can get without flying overseas. Experience true ninja training on real mountain terrain. Spend the evenings with good friends, old and new, around the campfire and sleep under the stars.

The seminar will begin Friday morning with an all day Yamabushi Mountain Warrior experience.  IMPORTANT: The Yamabushi training will be an intensive hiking and meditative experience. This experience is limited to participants ages 15+ and Youth Black Belts. After the Yamabushi Meditation, training will begin with a Friday evening training session. The weekend training is open to all Youth and Adult To-shin do students. Saturday will be a full day of training followed by evening black belt demonstrations and evaluations. Sunday will conclude with a powerful immersion in the Dragon's Mouth, the fear banishing waterfall hidden on the edge of the mountain. We will feature break out sessions throughout the weekend from some of To-Shin Do's most accomplished practitioners. 





4pm – 6pmYamabushi participants: sign-in, set up campCampground, registration area

6pm Dinner on your own – optional town mealCampground/Blowing Rock




9amBreakfast on ownCampground

9am – 11amYamabushi participants: sign-in, set up campCampground, registration area


   *GATES CLOSE AT 11am* - anyone not participating in Yamabushi must leave the mountain


11am – 4pmYamabushi training with An-shu HayesTrails




4pm – 6pmMQ participants: sign-in, set up campCampground, registration area

6pm – 6:30pmWarm-up           

6:30pm-7:30pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS 

6pm – 8pm SANDAN TESTING  at the home dojo

7:30pmCamp Meeting and Dinner on your ownCampground


Saturday, August 11


8:30am – 9amBreakfast on your own

9am – 9:30amWarm-up

9:30am – 10:30am: BREAKOUT SESSIONS 

10:30am – 12pmTraining with An-Shu Hayes

12pm – 1:00pmLunch on own

1:00pm – 1:45pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1:45pm – 4:30pmTraining with An-Shu Hayes

4:30pm – 5:30pmBreak


**5pm Everyone needing assistance to testing site meet at trailhead for transport


5:30pm Candidates: meet Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

            Family and Friends of candidates walk to testing site 

5:40pm Rest of group walk to testing site

6pm – 7:30pmBlack Belt Testing: demos, randori

8pmCatered BBQ Dinner and campfire


Sunday, August 12


8am-8:30am Breakfast on your own

8:30am – 9am Warm-up

9am – 11amTraining with An-Shu Hayes

11:30am Group 1 meet at trailhead for hike to waterfall    

[Everyone in Group 2 start packing up camp]

12:30pmGroup 2 meet at trailhead for hike to waterfall

[Group 1 start packing upon arrival to campsite from waterfall]

2:30pm – 5pmClean up campground, pack up, head home


***THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Ninja are adaptable and the mountain has a mind of its own. Be ready. 

If you purchased a ticket for weekend training only, you may arrive anytime after 4pm on Friday. 

We aim to conclude the seminar at 4pm on Sunday. This is not a guarantee, the mountain is our guide. However, we are aware that people have long drives and we make every attempt to be sensitive to our long distance students. 

NOTE: For participants in the Yamabushi experience, you are welcome to arrive Thursday evening to set up camp OR Friday morning. For Weekend Training ONLY registrants, please arrive AFTER 4pm on Friday to set up camp, the gates will not reopen until 4pm on Friday. The location of our camp and training ground is private property about 20 minutes outside of Blowing Rock. Registrants will receive an email with detailed directions to the property. 

IMPORTANT: Tshirts are NOT included in the ticket price. They may be purchased as an add-on at the bottom of the registration. There will be a VERY limited number of tshirts available for purchase on the mountain so it is HIGHLY recommended you pre-order your shirt. 

IMPORTANT: All registrations INCLUDE one catered dinner Saturday night. If you have family or friends in attendance who will not be participating in training but would like to take part in the dinner, please purchase dinner for them in the catering add on at the bottom of your registration. 


Mountain Quest is hosted at a private estate on Grandfather Mountain. We have a camping area, but this is not a campground area equipped with showers. We have water and portable toilets on site. For those who do not wish to camp, the closest hotels are located in Blowing Rock, about a 20 minute drive from the site. **Candidates for Black Belt are STRONGLY encouraged to camp, this is part of your test!**

 If you have any questions about the seminar please call us at (919) 489-8893 or email us at

Have questions about Mountain Quest 2019? Contact Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts

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Shin Togakure
(Grandfather Mountain, near Blowing Rock, NC)
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Friday, August 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM - Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts

At the Chapel Hill Quest Center, you’ll find martial arts classes to meet all of your needs, including self-defense, functional strength development and competitive training. Since we opened our doors in 1998, we have had countless students from all walks of life enter and become a part of our community.

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