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.
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:
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!
All my best,
Wise Orchid Martial Arts
…… expand & flourish!
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. Â 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. Â This year, I brought sunscreen just in case, and the skies did not disappoint. Â 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. Â I know weekends in the spring are a slam of opportunity as we Â come out from under the cover of winter… You have many options and obligations of things to put your energy toward. Â But you came, you practiced, and together we created some positive qi and inspiration to all our bystanders at Jefferson Park. Â I thank you all who were there in person and in spirit, joining in the wave of healing circling the planet. Â With 35+ people in attendance and several dozen onlookers, we had an amazing turn out! Â 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! Â Whew! Â Such a treat to have two hours to play together in the park!
for more pictures, check out my flickr page
Thank you to Rusel DeMaria and Leo Manzano for taking these great pictures!
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.
Tai Chi Fitness brings freedom to make an epic trip for student Miranda Taylor. Â Miranda has been studying Tai Chi and QiGong with Wise Orchid Tai Chi and QiGong for just over two years now. Â Check out her video/slideshow of an incredible trip through the Olympics.
Friday early evening, 9/10, somewhere in Henan Province, China, Just gave up on drying my laundry in my room, so took my tree climbing throwline which I brought as a clothes line and took it out to the trees for some different kind of tree rigging.Â My roommate, Janet, and I now have our underwear hanging out in the grove just outside the building here at the fishing villa resort.
We are located about a half hour drive from Chen Village, so this morning after practice and breakfast, we 13 plus loaded into the bus and headed for the birthplace of Taijiquan.Â We had just parked outside the shrine entrance when Zhu Tiancai appears walking toward us.Â We had hoped to be able to arrange some sort of get together with him at some point, but to meet in the middle of the lane was such serendipityâ€¦Â We took a stroll with him down through the famous drainage ditch of Chen Village, passing old men training young men along the path, stopped to do a little demonstration for the Grandmaster (insert bug eyes here) and of course got the feedback that we work hard and need to keep practicing.Â Then we continued on down the ditch and up the path to where his house is being reconstructed.Â It was so cool, he gave us a personal tour of his new home and training spaces.Â This was all before even touring the shrine and museum.Â Â Â We completed the tour, including having some of his students from Venice who were staying there forÂ a month of study, demonstrate for us, and then went on with our tour of the villageâ€™s shrine to Taijiâ€™s origins and ancestors.
We were given a personal tour through the halls and temple and grounds and museum taking pictures and paying our respects, and then went on to a tailorâ€™s shop and were measured for custom Qipao outfits.Â Exhausted by the humidity and the heat and the long morning, we headed to lunch which turned out to be another banquetâ€¦Â I head down to the hall for dinner here shortly and am looking forward to more of a family dinner again.Â The place where we are staying, not only catches and serves you fresh carp, but is also an organic farm that serves you all the vegetables they are growing.Â So far this trip has been an amazing journey. And I havenâ€™t even been here a week.Â Hydration and rest are the biggest difficulties.Â But so far my gut is in good shape and I am staying healthy.
Yesterday we went to Yun Tai Mountain which is a national heritage site and hiked down through the red rock gorge and up to the Grand Waterfall.Â Imagine Yosemite and the Rock Wonders of Utah together on steroidsâ€¦Â I canâ€™t even begin to describe the awe of this place.
Anyhow, time for supper, so I better close. I will send this off tomorrow or once I have an internet connection again.
Wondering about QiGong and itâ€™s history, itâ€™s health benefits? Check out this great video clip and gain some insight.