Pathway to Harmony, Inc.
Uniting Mind, Body, and Spirit to Accomplish Goals - Academic, Professional, and Personal
 
 
 
 

Pathway to Harmony, Inc., a not for profit created in 2006 to address the issues of stress, apathy, frustration, anger, and violence that have a profoundly negative impact on our communities; and to motivate youth and adults to enhance their quality of life.

We are headquartered at the Japanese Culture Center, located at 8512 South Cicero in Burbank, IL. For information on how to have our programs brought to your site contact us at 773-720-4100 or e-mail us at pathwayharmony@sbcglobal.net.

 
 

  SELF DEFENSE                  VIOLENCE PREVENTION                   SELF DISCIPLINE                 STRESS REDUCTION               


REGISTRATION CLOSED -

SIX WEEKS OF SUMMER FUN!

 

P.H.A.S.E.

Pathway to Harmony Aikido Summer Enrichment  

JUNE 23, 2014 - AUGUST 1, 2014

This year the Pathway to Harmony Aikido Summer Enrichment (P.H.A.S.E.) character and leadership development program will be focused on youth ages 11 thru 16. P.H.A.S.E. is designed to be educational, safe, and fun. Students attend the program at the environmentally safe and secure Japanese Culture Center, located at 8512 S. Cicero, Burbank, IL.  8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The focus this year will be on teaching:

  • RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
  • VIOLENCE PREVENTION
  • FINANCIAL LITERACY and ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • HEALTHY EATING and GARDENING

Participants will be exposed to a variety of educational and cultural forums, such as museums, libraries, theaters; as well as, city, county, state, and federal government sites to learn how politics and business affects their lives.

Students will engage in structured activities that teach:

  • patience
  • respect
  • team work
  • non-violent conflict resolution skills
  • leadership skills
  • civic responsibility
  • nutritional health, and
  • intellectual competitiveness.

Enrollment is on a first come, first enrolled basis and is limited.

Click on "Programs" and select "PHASE Summer Program" for more information.



 

Pathway to Harmony Aikido Program - The Art of Peace

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Aikido is a self-defense martial art created in Japan by Morehei Ueshiba. It is not a religion or competitive sport. There are no tournaments and no sparring. Aikido means the way of coordinating  your mind and body, or philosophically, the way of harmonizing with the energy of the universe. It is known for graceful, yet dynamic self-defense movements; the inner peace and self-discipline students develop; and the respect students have for life and diversity.

Aikido is often referred to as "the art of peace" because it promotes non violent conflict resolution and minimizing chaos in everyday life. It is a life changing and life affirming art that teaches students how to be in harmony with themselves and the people they meet.


Click on "Programs" and select "Aikido Program" for more information.

 



Stress Buster Tuesdays!

 

Japanese Culture Center

8512 South Cicero

Burbank, IL


The Pathway to Harmony Stress Buster Program is an exercise and meditation program. The goal of the program is to provide participants with the opportunity to take a brief hiatus from the stresses of life, learn how to manage stress and develop a healthy life style that can enhance their quality of life.


Youth and adults will enjoy the combination of Aikido, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong light exercise, stretching, breathing meditation, and information. This class is designed to help participants relax, loosen tense muscles, enhance coordination and balance, develop good posture, proper breathing, promote good blood circulation and wake up the energy centers of the body.


Class Schedule

Tuesday   9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

 

 


  Girls's & Women Only Self-defense Seminars

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, BE EMPOWERED!

  • A woman is battered every 15 - 18 seconds in the United States
  • 95% of violence experienced by women will happen in their home
  • By age 20, 1 in 3 women will experience dating violence
  • 30 -65% of all homicides of women are related to Domestic Violence by male partners
  • Domestic Violence is the single leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the U.S. -  more common than car accidents, muggings and rape combined

Whether you're young or old, short or tall,  overweight or underweight, it doesn't matter to sexual predators, muggers, or abusers, what matters to them is "Fear". They can smell fear and see it. Fear is their best weapon.

Overcome your fear, empower yourself with knowledge - Stop feeding them!

 

WALK WITH CONFIDENCE!


You don't have to be a martial artist with a black belt, or be in the best physical shape to defend yourself. Come out to Pathway to Harmony's Girls & Women Self-defense Seminars and learn some basic self-defense skills that can help you avoid a situation, or help you neutralize an attacker.

These seminars can help save your life!

Contact us to find out more about this empowering series of self-defense seminars and how they can be held at your church, community center, corporate office, location of your choice, or the Japanese Culture Center.


 

"Chicago's Very Own"

Click on the picture to view the commercial aired on WGN-TV.

Sensei Butler has been selected to be one of "Chicago's Very Own" by WGN-TV channel Nine for his work with youth and adults. In October 2013 was honored with his image being placed on the WGN's Chicago Hydrant located at Navy Pier.

 

Click on the picture to view the commercial aired on WGN-TV.

 


SPOTLIGHT!

 

Walmer Saavedra!

 

 

This quarter we spotlight Pathway To Harmony Aikido Program (PHAP) student Walmer Saavedra. Walmer has been a part of PHAP since 2009 and participated in the 2010 and 2011 Pathway to Harmony Aikido Summer Enrichment (P.H.A.S.E.) programs. While in the PHAP and P.H.A.S.E. programs Walmer has participated in Aikido Association of America (AAA) and Aikido International Foundation (AIF) sponsored aikido seminars and a variety of workshops and classes on breathing meditation, restorative justice, banking, financial literacy, aviation, and strategic thinking (chess).


Walmer is most known for being inquisitive because he asks tons of questions. No matter what type of class, Walmer can be counted on to ask questions that broaden the conversation and challenge both students and teachers. He’s also know for his boundless energy and his enthusiasm for learning new things.


Walmer says that he is planning on doing big things with his life, including being the first in his family to graduate from college. Never one to think small, his plans also include getting an architechural engineering degree, preferably from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, or Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After receiving his degree, he plans on using it to help enhance the quality of life for people all over the world.

An avid chess player Walmer knows the importance of having a winning strategy and sticking to it. He is currently a sophmore at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, a Chicago Public High School with a history of graduating future engineers and math scholars. Walmer currently holds a 3.3 G.P.A. In 2012 and 2013, he participated in summer engineering programs at Purdue University and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign respectively.

 

While he doesn’t get to practice the physical side of aikido as often because of his demanding schedule, Walmer says “ I practice the mental side everyday”.  He credits the principles taught in the Pathway to Harmony Aikido Program with helping him to learn how to stay focused on accomplishing his goals “I use my mind, body, and spirit to help me run. I use the principles for running because I have to use my mental strength to help finish a race. I have to breathe and not focus on the pain.”

Walmer ran  track during his freshman year at Lindbloom. He quickly made his presence known, racking up some impressives times in the 1600 meters, including a 4:46.53 for the state. He came in 3rd at the Chicago Public School Sophmore meet, and holds Lindblom’s 1600 meter record.

This year (2013) he didn’t run track, choosing instead to focus on soccer. As with track, Walmer again made his presence known, becoming a star soccer player for Lindblom. In the first five games of the season he became the  top goal scorer with 12 goals and 11 assist. In his role as Junior Varsity Captain, Walmer helped Lindblom’s soccer team to become the 2013 conference champions. He plans to return to track starting with some indoor meets and then eventually move back to the outdoors.


No one knows what Walmer will set his sights on for the 2014 -2015 school year, but everyone believes that whatever goals he sets, he will accomplish.  Stay Tuned!





Pathway to Harmony, Inc. is a sponsored project of the Aikido International Foundation. This partnership allows us to receive tax deductible donations. The Aikido International Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides leadership, educational opportunities, economic support, and public awareness to promote the principles of Aikido.

 

 


"How Aikido Changed My Life"

by

Walmer Saavedra

 

 

Aikido has brought a lot of change to my life. When I first joined the Pathway to Harmony Aikido Program, it was because I had recently gotten into a fight and my parents wanted me to join so I could be more disciplined. At first, I thought Aikido was fake, the throwing and the techniques didn't look "violent" enough for the old me. I thought it was going to be easy. I changed my mind when I met my first challenge, rolls. At first I couldn't roll, I was scared. When I tried to do it, I kept hurting myself. I wanted to quit but Sensei Butler didn't let me.

Sensei taught me to not give up, to use the four principals of Aikido not just on the mat but in my daily life too. I learned that in order to do aikido you need to be relaxed and be patient. This wasn’t always easy because I like doing things. Over time Sensei Butler taught me it was important to relax my mind so that I could think better and see more clearly my options for solving any type of problem and to relax my body so that it could do what I needed it to do.

 

In the Pathway to Harmony Aikido Program Sensei Butler teaches alot of things that are really important. Some days it might be self defense, on other days it may be history or something about the world we live in. You never know what he’s going to talk about, but you do know its going to be something interesting. In every class he is always motivated and talks about what it means to have an agenda. Sensei Butler wants us to accomplish our goals, help others and do important things with our life. Using aikido exercise, techniques, and principles he provides examples of what it means to have an agenda and to stay focused on it until we accomplish our goal.

In the Pathway to Harmony Aikido Summer Enrichment (PHASE) program we played chess. I learned that life is like chess, every move you make provides new options for the players. Being impatient, moving too fast, not being relaxed enough to see your options could cost you the game or possibly your life. Now I don’t get into trouble, I think of the consequences of every move.

 

The Pathway to Harmony Aikido Program is really fun, I would recommend this program to everyone who needs a change in their life, need help at school or with other things. I would recommend it because like it helped me in life, it could help them and it isn’t boring. You learn alot, get to exercise and maybe even become a black belt in Aikido and in your mind. The Pathway to Harmony Aikido Program is great and Sensei Butler makes it unique.

 

Saavedra Highlights

Summer Programs

    2010 Pathway to Harmony Aikido Summer Enrichment at Southwest Youth Collaborative in Chicago, IL

    2011 Pathway to Harmony Aikido Summer Enrichment at the Japanese Culture Center in Oak Lawn, IL

    2012 Minority Engineering Program at the Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

    2013 Discover Engineering Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

 

Engineering  (STEM)

    Experience in the usage of Autodesk Inventor to design 3-D objects

    Achieving the highest rank possible of E-Squad for showing knowledge of the material learned in class and ­­­­­ helping fellow students master those skills

    Being selected to represent Lindblom’s Pre-Engineering Program at the CTE Month event at CPS Headquarters

    Build a Rube Goldberg Machine for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

    Sponsor Money Smart Week campaign, and in the process being nominated as Executive Director of Design for showing leadership and contributing to the completion of the Rube Goldberg machine

Extra-Curricular

Soccer

    2013 Conference Champions

    2013 Most Goals Scored

    2013 Most Assists Made

    2013 Junior Varsity Team Captain

 

Track and Field

    2013 1600m City 3rd Place Champion

    2013 1600m State Sectionals Champion

    20131600m State Finals Qualifier

    Lindblom Math and Science Academy 1600m record holder

 

Basketball

    2012 Freshman Team

 

Volleyball

    2013 Conference Champions

 

Other Activities

    2011-2012 Boy Scouts of America

    2009-2011 Pathway to Harmony Aikido Program; earning 8th and 7.5th kyu