Spring 2014 New Spiral Qigong Session & Quarterly Classes

 

Spring Classes

Starting in March, I’ll be offering another 5 weeks of Spiral Qigong at the Yogasmith Studio in Georgetown. It was a great success last time and you asked for more. Please get your registration in soon to reserve your spot. Email viola@wise-orchid.com. Details in flyer below.

Study in Suzhou, China with Ba Fa Pan Gen (Spiral Qigong) teachers Master Jiang and Grandmaster Wei, Sifu Viola Brumbaugh

Also, folks down in Oregon can study the Spiral Qigong next weekend in Eugene at Leung Martial Arts. Viola with be teaching at 3 hour workshop from 9am – noon on Sunday, Feb. 23rd. Register in person at the workshop, and find out more info and RSVP here at the FB event page , cost $40.
Lastly, new quarterly sessions start the first week of April at SSCC, Renton Senior Activity Center and Burien Community Center.

Register in person at the center/college and/or go to Wise Orchid’s Schedule & Locationspage for details and registration links.

Ongoing classes are open to registration anytime:

  • Traditional Yang 108 Tai Chi in West Seattle
  • Traditional Chen Taijiquan in the International District
  • Qigong to start your day on Capitol Hill
  • Chen Taiji’s 18 essential forms on Capitol Hill

Winter 2014: Free Classes, Special Events, New Qigong Class in G’town, etc.

    11 Free Classes - to start the new year!

@ Emerald City Aikido, Capitol Hill, 604 19th Ave E
Wed., Jan. 1st & Mon. Jan. 6th
Free Qigong at 7:30 am
Free Chen Taiji at 8:45 am

@ International District Studio (Chinatown), 709 1/2 S. King St.
Mon., Jan. 6th
Free Chen Tai Chi at 6pm

@ Center for Movement & Healing, West Seattle, 7901 35th Ave SW
Tues., Jan., 7th
Free Yang Tai Chi at 8:30am

@ Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW
Yang Tai Chi at 10:45 am, both Mon. Jan. 6th & Tues., Jan. 7th
then, Chen Tai Chi at 6pm, Tues, Jan 7th

     *New* Spiral Qigong in Georgetown!

Sundays, January 5th, to February 2nd, 10-11:15am
at the beautiful Yogasmith Studio in Georgetown, 5917 Airport Way S.
$70 for Yogasmith members, $85 for non-members (no drop-ins or make ups)
space is limited, email joelb@yogasmithseattle.com now to reserve your spot.

Spiral Energy Qigong, Sifu Viola Brumbaugh, Xing Yi Grandmaster Wei

Qigong (pronounced Chee Gung) is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as a foundational pillar of Chinese Martial Arts. Focused on cultivation of qi (energy), as well as opening up blockages in the medians, qigong practice allows energy to move more freely, thereby improving immunity, health, and vitality.

The Ba Fa Pan Gen (Eight Methods to Firm your Roots) Qigong comes from the internal Chinese martial art of Xing Yi (shing ee), and is designed to spiral, cleanse, and heal the body. The twisting movements of this Qigong stimulate the energetic pathways in your body (meridians) and massage your internal organs while developing a more stable foundation, improving the strength and structure of your legs.

The 8 movements of the Ba Fa Pan Gen – inspired by the spirit and natural movements of animals – spiral and expand the body in 8 directions, harmonizing inside and out. As you practice, you will strengthen and unify your legs and core, develop internal power and heal and cleanse your body of stale energy and toxins… and it’s a fun and dynamic practice that will reduce stress and leave you feeling energized. No previous experience necessary. Everyone welcome. visit the fb event here.

To sign up or for more information please email:  joelb@yogasmithseattle.com

Also, New Sessions of:

Chen Tai Chi in Burien begins Jan. 7th, 6pm, with a Free Class, followed by 11 more weeks of great practice!
New Beginners Tai Chi at SSCC in West Seattle, begins Jan 8th, 5:30pm
New Qigong for Stress Reduction and Health at SSCC in West Seattle, begins January 8th, 6:45pm
New Tai Chi and Qigong for Seniors at the Renton Senior Activity Center beginning Jan. 7th, 1pm

For a complete listing of classes, please visit our Class Schedules and Locations page.

Special Events!

Tai Chi Master Movie Matinee & Chinese New Year Celebration

Open House @  Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW,
Saturday, Jan. 11th, from 11-3pm,
Come participate or see our Tai Chi demonstration at noon!

Taste of Puer Tea, at Phoenix Teahouse, Burien
Saturday, January 25th, 10:30am,
2 spots left in this intimate class of tea tasting and education, $15 per person. Let Viola know if you are interested and snatch up the last two remaining spaces.

TAI CHI MOVIE MATINEE & CHINESE NEW YEAR PARTY!
Sunday, Feb 2nd, 1pm
Liberty, 517 15th Ave E., Capitol Hill
Featuring: Tai Chi Master with Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh!
RSVP or find out more here

Thank you everyone for your kindness, dedication and continued support in the arts. I am living my dreams because of you showing up and choosing to do something healthy for yourself.  To all of you I wish the healthiest year of your life in 2014. Be Well. Breathe Deeply and make a difference in your own life.

Peace, Happy New Year, and All my best,
Viola

movie night & holiday schedule 2013

Movie Night at Liberty Dec. 1st

You are invited to join Wise Orchid Tai Chi & Qigong for an evening of Kung Fu movie fun, featuring Iron Monkey!

Where: Liberty, 517 15th Ave, East
When: 6pm, Sunday December 1st, 2013
What: 
Iron Monkey, featuring Donnie Yen, Yu Rongguang
a Yuan Woo Ping film

Citizens of a small Chinese town suffer from failed crops and corrupt officials. Their salvation comes in the form of a Robin Hood figure, the Iron Monkey, who steals from the rich to give to poor. When martial arts master Wong Kay-ying arrives, his martial arts skills lead local lawmen to suspect that he may be the masked outlaw. Wang’s son, Wong Fei-hung, is caught in the line of fire as he fights to clear his name. In the end, Wang and the Iron Monkey must join forces to face the real villain of the peace. “Iron Monkey” features some of the finest kung fu fighting of recent vintage, together with plot and performances which allow something for the heart as well.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
NO CLASS DAYS FOR DECEMBER & JANUARY:
for ongoing classes in West Seattle, Capitol Hill and International District, there will be no classes on Dec. 24th, 25th, & 31st and Jan. 1st.
Burien, Renton, and South Seattle Comm. College, we are on break from Dec. 20th thru Jan. 5th.

Movie night details: Over 21 only, as this is a bar. We have the private room reserved and you are welcome to invite friends and family. Liberty has sushi and cocktails if you are hungry and thirsty. We will have door prizes. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Click link on picture to see FB event and RSVP there or by email if you wish.

Thank you to Eldan for finding and reserving this space!

Peace and Pie, Viola

Tai Chi and Qigong Workshops with Master David Leung, August 2013

Wise Orchid Martial Arts is honored to be hosting another weekend series of Qigong and Tai Chi workshops by Master David Leung on Capitol Hill in Seattle August 3rd and 4th.

Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm, August 3rd we will kick off the weekend of training with the study and practice of Ba Duan Jin Qigong, the Eight Brocade movements are an ancient Qigong set to stretch and twist the body cultivating better vitality by improving circulation of qi and the health of internal organs.

Then at 5pm, we delve into the core principles of Taijiquan.  Whether you are a novice or are a veteran Tai Chi player, Master Leung’s depth of knowledge and generosity of sharing will help you bring your practice to a new level.

Then Sunday morning we return with a look into Tui Shou, Tai Chi’s push hands and exploring the applications of movements giving clearer intention behind the postures.  Bring Yi into your practice with this fun session of two person play.

And, Sunday afternoon at 1pm we come back to play some Tai Chi Sword.  The jian, double edged straight sword, becomes an extension of your body, expanding your qi and improving your empty hand form.

Leung Tai Chi Qigong training Seattle Aug 2013

Hosted by Sifu Viola Brumbaugh of Wise Orchid Tai Chi & Qigong, Master Leung returns to Seattle Aug. 3rd & 4th 2013 to share more depth into Ba Duan Jin, The Eight Pieces of Brochade Qigong, Tai Chi Universal Principles, Push Hands and Sword play

Holiday 2012 Newsletter

Happy Holidays Tai Chi Friends and Family!

As 2012 comes to a close, I wanted to extend a thank you to everyone for your support of Wise Orchid Martial Arts and to your dedication to your health through your practice.

Below are Holiday Specials I would like to extend to you, an update on class fees for the new year, and information about new sessions.

Wishing you all the best and looking forward to sharing better health and strength as we work to further improve ourselves in the new year!

All my best, Viola

New Year – New Sessions

New in January are returning sessions at South Seattle Community College starting January 9th with Yang 24 Tai Chi and Qigong, Seniors Tai Chi Starting January 8th at Renton Senior Community Center, and a NEW Tuesday evening class being offered in Burien, starting January 15th: Chen Taijiquan featuring Chen’s Taiji 18 Essential forms, Silk Reeling, and Joint Lubrication. Get a FREE PREVIEW of this new class on Tuesday, January 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Burien Community Center.

For a complete look at the updated schedule and registration links, check the Schedule and Locations page.

Fees Increasing January 1st, 2013

It’s not easy announcing that rates are going up, and may be why I’ve waited so long in sending this newsletter out. However, these small increases will help bring the increasing costs of providing the classes more into balance.

At SSCC, we have increased the number of classes per session from 9 to 10 weeks so that you are getting more for your money.

Burien Community Center students, anyone 50+ years old can offset the increase by taking advantage of the senior scholarship of $50 per quarter. Talk to the front desk for more information.

For the ongoing classes in the ID, on Capitol Hill and at Fauntleroy, the increases are small (2-15%), and I hope that you will take advantage of the current Holiday Tuition Special available through January 15th.

Holiday Specials

Private Lessons: 4 for $275 (Regularly $90, saving you $85!)

Last Year’s Tuition: Through January 15th, pay in advance for as many month’s or quarters as you like and pay last year’s rates. Cash and Check only.

1 Class per week:
$72/mo. (save $3)
or $173/3 mo. (save $27) Annual $680 (save $85)

2 Classes per week:
$108/mo. (save $7)
or $270/3 mo. (save $10)
Annual $1040 (save $40)

Unlimited Classes:
$140/mo. (save $10)
or $345/3 mo. (save $5)

Annual $1300 (save $55)

Drop Ins:
10 class card $165 (save $15)
20 class card $300 (save $20)

Lower fees only available through Jan. 15, 2013, however can be paid as far forward as you like.

Peace and holiday blessings, Viola Brumbaugh

 

 

My Tai Chi Master David Leung in Seattle

Hello Tai Chi/Qigong Friends,

Just a reminder that it’s coming up fast! My esteemed teacher Master David Leung will be here in Seattle August 25th & 26th and I am excited to be hosting him for a series of workshops. Everyone is welcome! I hope you’ll come join me and support great teaching and gain an unforgettable experience of learning and fun.

Master Leung was my first Tai Chi instructor and continues to inspire me beyond words. He has the incredible skill of being able to teach to all experience levels with great depth of the art and culture as well as humor. Below is a brief rundown on the workshop schedule.

Saturday, August 25th, 2:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Ba Duan Jin Qigong (8 Brocade Qigong)
Saturday, August 25th, 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m., Tai Chi – Universal Principals
Sunday, August 26th, 9:30a.m. – 12noon, Tai Chi Applications and Push Hands
Sunday, August 26th, 1:00p.m. – 3:30 pm, Tai Chi Sword

Each class is $45.00 or take all 4 for $165.00, Fees increase by $10 per class after August 16th. Get your registration in right away to get the early bird discount and reserve your spot!

Here is a link to copy and paste into your browser to take a look at the flyer/registration form for more information:

http://www.wise-orchid.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Leung-wkshp-Seattle-June-30-2012.jpg

Then print this form out, complete and mail with your check to Sifu Viola and you are set!

I look forward to seeing you soon!


Baishi Ceremony, August 1998, Eugene, Oregon

 

All my best,
Viola

Viola Brumbaugh
Wise Orchid Martial Arts
206-321-0613
www.wise-orchid.com

…… expand & flourish!

 

World Tai Chi QiGong Day 2012, Beacon Hill, Seattle, WA

Part the Wild Horse's Mane, Yang Tai Chi's 24 form, World Tai Chi Qigong Day 2012

One World ….  One Breath ….

What an incredible morning!  Saturday, April 28, 2012, World Tai Chi Qigong Day, I woke to the forecast of clouds and occasional showers.  I was braced for the changeable spring weather of Seattle such as we had last year, with a torrential downpour just before we got started and then brilliant sun.  This year, I brought sunscreen just in case, and the skies did not disappoint.  Down to just a t-shirt and no hat, you’d think it was already summer in Seattle.

And so we arrived at Jefferson Park, not knowing how many people would be able to come.  I know weekends in the spring are a slam of opportunity as we  come out from under the cover of winter… You have many options and obligations of things to put your energy toward.  But you came, you practiced, and together we created some positive qi and inspiration to all our bystanders at Jefferson Park.  I thank you all who were there in person and in spirit, joining in the wave of healing circling the planet.  With 35+ people in attendance and several dozen onlookers, we had an amazing turn out!  Folks came from Bellevue, Auburn, Renton, Burien, West Seattle and around Seattle proper as well.

We practiced some Joint Lubrication Longevity Qigong exercises, Silk Reeling, Tai Chi Walking, and then jumped into some Yang 24 Tai Chi form, Topping it off with some Chen Taiji Laojia Yilu and the finale’ the Yin Yang Medical Qigong!  Whew!  Such a treat to have two hours to play together in the park!

2012 World Tai Chi Qigong Day Participants, Jefferson Park, Beacon Hill, Seattle,WA

Yang 24 Tai Chi Group at WTCQGD 2012

Wise Orchid Taijiquan & QiGong, World Tai Chi Qigong Day Seattle 2012 Yin Yang Medical Qigong

for more pictures, check out my flickr page

Thank you to Rusel DeMaria and Leo Manzano for taking these great pictures!

Tai Chi and Parkinsons

Seattle Times, February 25, 2012:

Tai chi may help Parkinson’s patients, study concludes

A six-month program of tai chi exercises helped people with various stages of Parkinson’s disease improve stability, their ability to walk and reduced the frequency of falls.

read the article here.

Tai Chi brings Fitness and Freedom

Tai Chi Fitness brings freedom to make an epic trip for student Miranda Taylor.  Miranda has been studying Tai Chi and QiGong with Wise Orchid Tai Chi and QiGong for just over two years now.  Check out her video/slideshow of an incredible trip through the Olympics.

Tai Chi brings fitness and Freedom to Olympic hikers

Spring 2011 Newsletter

Travels to Shaolin Temple 2011

Dear Friends of Wise Orchid Martial Arts,

Spring is approaching and as the light returns I thought I would send out a wish for you all to be in good health and spirits experiencing the renewal that this time of year brings.  With so much desperation and difficulty in the world, I hope that you are continuing to cultivate peace and goodness in your own lives and in your own way.

Viola’s Travels and Class Cancellations:

With Spring comes the Eugene Chen Tai Chi Camp!  Yes, Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei will be giving his annual training camp in Eugene at the end of this month, followed by a Chen Tai Chi Summit in Los Angeles.  I will be attending both back to back, so mark your calendars; there will be no classes for Wise Orchid Martial Arts on the following dates: March 23rd & 24th and March 31st through April 5th.

NEW and Continuing Classes for Spring 2011:

When I return, there will be new sessions of Tai Chi starting at South Seattle Community College, Delridge Community Center, Renton Senior and Activity Center and the Burien Community Center.  Of course, classes will be continuing down in the ID and at Fauntleroy.  But the exciting news is that a New Class will be starting on Beacon Hill at the Jefferson Community Center, Mondays & Wednesdays at 11am to noon.  In this class I will be offering the Chen 18 form, along with Grandmaster Chen’s Longevity Exercises, Silk Reeling, and Chen Style QiGong.  Please come and join us in learning this wonderful style and form.

Why Chen Tai Chi:

I began my journey some 18 years ago now with Yang Style Tai Chi.  Not by choice, but because the teacher that came most highly recommended to me in town taught that style.  After less than a year of practice learning the Yang 24, Master Leung introduced me to some Chen Style Tai Chi.  For me it was love at first spiral.  I had loved the introduction of Tai Chi through the structure and grace and openness of practicing the Yang form, but discovering and learning Chen Style was… expansive beyond belief.  I began to better understand the development and movement of qi.  Through the spiral movements of the form, I felt my practice deepen, my spirit grew lighter, and my roots deeper.  I was able to incorporate the foundations I had learned in Yang Style to this new found love of spiraling open and closed, learning about flow, and the potential of my own strength and connection on a whole new level.  I would really enjoy sharing this art with you as it will only deepen your own understanding and practice of Tai Chi.

Thank you for joining me on this part of my journey and doing what you do to make this world a better place.

All of my best,

Viola Brumbaugh

….  expand & flourish!