Just in, exciting news that Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei will be back teaching in Seattle for the first time in many years. Some of the topics to be covered: Silk Reeling, Old Frame 1, Old Frame 2, New Frame 1, and Straight Sword. Please stay tuned as details and more news to follow.
In preparation for Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei’s visit, I’ll be offering pre-camp training on Fridays and Sundays. Whether you plan to attend the workshops or not (are you kidding me?!) you are welcome to join in these fun and expansive training experiences.
Fridays Beginning in December, expanding the ongoing advanced Chen class to 2 hours beginning 8:45 to 10:45.
Sundays beginning Nov. 29th from 12:45 – 1:45pm Sword at CMH
Contact Viola if you are interested, pre-registration required. Please no drop-ins. Cost is included in your unlimited tuition. Donations appreciated to cover cost of studio rental.
Also on Wed. nights beginning Nov. 18th is the 8 Brocade Qigong (Ba Duan Jin), from 6:30-7:15pm at SSC. This series will also be 4 weeks ending Dec. 16th.
Also, a thank you to everyone who came out and supported the workshops with Master David Leung and enjoyed his visits to our regular classes. Pretty beautiful time and practice. Coming Nov. 21st, he’ll be teaching in Vancouver, WA. Here’s a link for more information.
And, if you hadn’t heard, on October 18th, Wise Orchid Taiji family joined with Viola’s Tai Chi sisters Hong Yijiao and Wang Ning and their students to take part in a world Tai Chi practice and broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the greatest number of people practicing Tai Chi at the same time.
It was such fun to participate in this even though it was last minute notice, I want to give a shout out to those who with little information said yes and showed up. Heather Islander, Dawn Aiken, Leo Manzano, Jeff Allen, John Lindsay, John Howe, Rose Slavkowski, Terrill Chang, Kevin Tegmeier, Lisa Glendenning, Jan Ritter, and Rusel DeMaria. Doing Wise Orchid very proud!
And, lastly, just a reminder of our holiday schedule.
No class days:
Nov. 11, Burien Comm. Ctr. Closed for Veteran’s Day. Regular classes at Emerald City Aikido are still on.
Tai Chi returns to the parks for our summer sessions! All new sessions begin the week of July 6th. Registration is now open. Look below for a list of summer sessions and links to register.
Special Rates for New Students attending the Qigong on Capitol Hill and Chen in the ID. News of discounted fees below.
Another World Tai Chi Qigong Day has come and gone. Below you find a little recap and pictures.
And, Wise Orchid Tai Chi & Qigong was well represented at Grandmaster Chen’s Light of Taiji training in Las Vegas, stories and pictures below!
Master Leung’s Workshops have new dates of September 19th & 20th.
A special Summer Session of Broadsword in Lincoln Park is being offered to help you prepare for Master Leung’s special day of Yang Broadsword training.
Lastly, we have new classes, calendar and registration pages on our website in hopes of making it easier to get the info you need. Please let me know what you think. Your feedback helps us continue to improve. Thank you!
Also, mark your calendars for the following no class days: July 24-26th, and August 12th-16th. Summer sessions run through September 24th. Then we will take the week off between September 25th and October 4th, coming back on October 5th to begin fall sessions.
New Students: Summer Sessions of Qigong on Capitol Hill (7:30am Mon. & Wed.) and Chen Taiji in the International District (6pm on Mon. & Thurs.) are SPECIALLY DISCOUNTED 1/3 OFF (3 MONTHS FOR THE PRICE OF 2). Register onlineselecting pay in person and mention in the comments that you want to take advantage of this special and save between $73 and $102. Summer session begins July 6th. Registration is now open.
Great practice and friends joined together for this year’s world Tai Chi Qigong Day at Cal Anderson Park. With nearly 40 people attending throughout the practice, we shared some fun on this sunny spring day with friends from all over the Seattle and South Sound area as well as our new friends Ning and family from China. Thank you all for coming and bringing your enthusiasm and dedication to the arts celebrating health, community, and practice.
Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei’s Training Camp 2015
The Summer Quarter break came earlier this June with seven people representing Wise Orchid Taijiquan & Qigong at Grandmaster Chen’s Light of Taiji Training Camp in Las Vegas. With 4 days of training, a lecture and demonstration of Qi Cultivation and Fajing by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei as well as a talent show and farewell party. The training was priceless with 5 top instructors leading us.
Master Wang Haijun, Master Chen Bin, Master Chen Juan and Master Jack Yan as coaches in addition to Grandmaster Chen. Each of the 4 days of training was lead by a different instructor giving us an opportunity to see many different depths and perspectives into the Joint Lubrication Qigong warm up, the Old Frame Part 1 (Laojia Yilu) and the New Frame Part 1 (Xinjia Yilu).
The first day of the training we were split into 4 teams. Viola was appointed by Grandmaster Chen to be team captain of Team 2. Through hard work and great team effort, Viola’s team achieved the highest score by overall best performances of each section and demonstrating service to the community. Click the photo below to see more.
Dates & Time: Beginning 9:30am to 10:45am, Sunday July 12th and continuing through Sunday September 13th. No class dates: July 26th and August 16th (8 classes total)
Cost: No charge if you are a current unlimited tuition student of the summer session! Otherwise, $150 for all 8 classes. Drop ins allowed with prior arrangement for $28 each. Register directly with Viola with check, cash or credit card (card fee additional).
Where: We’ll be meeting in Lincoln Park at the north end between the wading pool and the maintenance yard. Park on the street near the gas station and walk in at the first park sign you see.
No Broadsword Necessary: If you do not have a Saber/Broadsword/Dao/Knife you may borrow one during class. We will be making a group order around the 4th week of class if you would like to purchase one.
Reserve your spot Now: Space and lending broadswords are limited so please register in advance.
Pointers for better park practice
Bring water. Drink it.
Optional items for self care: hat, sunscreen, bee sting medicine if you’re allergic
Use the bathroom before class as access can be limited or far.
It’s best to come prepared and we can all enjoy some lovely practice outside this summer!
REMINDER: There are NO CLASSES Fri., July 24th to Sun., July 26th and Wed., Aug. 12th to Sun., Aug. 16th. Summer sessions run from Sunday, July 5th through Thursday, September 24th. For a look at the current calendar of all classes, please visit our new Calendar Page.
Summer Sessions are open for registration!Here are links for classes in Burien, South Seattle Community College, and Renton Senior Activity Center.
Register in person or online for Viola’s ongoing classes at CMH (Lincoln Park), ECA (Miller Park) or in the ID (International Children’s Park). Also, register in person at West Seattle Senior Center for the continuing 50+ Tai Chi & Qigong classes Thursdays 2-3pm.
Master Leung’s workshops will be September 19th & 20th on Capitol Hill at Emerald City Aikido, featuring Yin Yang Medical Qigong, Tai Chi Universal Principles, and Yang Tai Chi Broadsword.
Click the image above for more info. Register early and save. Also, if you are interested in the Broadsword workshop I recommend you come to the pre-workshop training in Lincoln Park on Sunday Mornings this summer. Check with Viola about registering.
Thank you all for joining me on the path to better knowing self and living richer lives through connection, strength, vitality and peace. Happy Summer! Stay cool and hydrated everyone!Viola Brumbaugh
Master Leung’s workshops will be May 9 & 10 on Capitol Hill at Emerald City Aikido, featuring Yin Yang Medical Qigong, Tai Chi Principles and Yang Tai Chi Broadsword. Click the image above for more info. Register early and save.
Thank you all for joining me on the path to better knowing self and living richer lives through connection, strength, vitality and peace. Happy Spring everyone!
December 2014 News for Wise Orchid Tai Chi & Qigong
Hello Tai Chi family and friends,
What a year this has been! Such great depths of training, practice and discovery.
I’ve been decompressing from my training, preparation, and subsequent trip to China where I demonstrated, competed, trained and won a gold medal along with silver and bronze medals in the three events in which I participated. With nearly 1,000 people in attendance, most of whom were Chinese nationals, it was an amazing honor and a very humbling experience even being there. Here is a link to my flickr page where you can see pictures and check out the scenes from Chen Village, the birthplace of Tai Chi.
With all the new learning from my teachers here on the West Coast, and in China, I am excited to be sharing a more expansive curriculum in the year ahead, including more opportunities to touch in with some sensing hands as well as more advanced empty hand forms, partner work, and weapons play.
Look below for the details on the new classes being offered and go to the website to see the new schedule for Winter 2015.
Also, Wise Orchid will be taking a break between the holidays and then returning with some free classes for new students to try out when we start back up in January. Look below for the details and tell your neighbors and friends.
In other news, our rent has gone up across the board. This means that I’m having to increase class fees. Take advantage of the Holiday Specials before the end of the year to save a heap on next year’s fees. See more info and details below.
Holiday Class Schedule – No Class Days, Free Class Days!
This holiday season, we’ll be on class break from December 24th to January 4th. Coming back on January 5th, we’ll have the following FREE classes:
Monday the 5th:
Qigong, 7:30am at Emerald City Aikido, 604 19th Ave E.
Chen Taiji, 8:45am at Emerald City Aikido, 604 19th Ave E.
Chen Taiji 6pm at Chinese Wushu Taichi, 709 1/2 S. King St. in the ID
Tuesday the 6th:
Yang Tai Chi, 8:30am at The Center for Movement & Healing, 7901 35th Ave SW, West Seattle
Tai Chi for Everyone, 10:45am at Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW
Free Chen Taiji, 6pm at Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW
Wednesday, the 7th:
Free Qigong, 10:45am at Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW
Free classes are a way to spread the word and help promote these classes that you love so that they can continue and grow, helping to improve more peoples lives. Bring a friend and let’s spread the practice and the benefits of better health, balance, focus, calm, and energy.
Rates increasing and shift to quarterly sessions (for Capitol Hill, International District & Morning West Seattle Classes)
Tough News: Due to our rent going up in all locations by 25%, I have to raise my rates by 10% for 2015.
Good News: Take advantage of the Holiday Special on now through January 8th, with 10% off current class fees. Yes, that means 20% off next year’s tuition paid as far in advance as you’d like! See the details below!
And, Simplification: As of the first of the year, ongoing classes at the Center for Movement & Healing, Emerald City Aikido, and in the Int’l Dist. locations will be changing to a pay by the quarter system. If you have prepaid for part of the quarter at the beginning of the year, the remainder of your fees will be pro-rated based upon last year’s rates so that all tuition is due at the beginning of each quarter. Each quarter will be 12 weeks, with one week off in-between. (Yes, drop-in cards are still available and folks can begin at anytime.)
If you’ve been paying by the month, I’d like to work with you to help this transition be as workable as possible. It is not my intention to create a hardship for anyone so let’s work together on making this an easy transition for all, I’m flexible…, but you already know that :). Please understand that this will make my life and hopefully yours a little easier in the long run.
Holiday Tuition Specials!Between now and January 8th, pay for your future class fees and save 10% on the current rates (that means 20% off next year’s tuition). Pay as far forward as you like. This special on tuition applies to the ongoing classes at the Center for Movement & Healing, Emerald City Aikido & the ID.)Quarter Sessions:
Unlimited classes per week $315 (saves you $70)
2 classes per week $252 (saves you $56)
1 class per week $180 (saves you $40)
Unlimited classes $1200 ($266 savings)
2 classes per week $972 ($216 savings)
1 class per week $688.50 ($153 savings)
10 class card $166 (saves you $32)
20 class card $288 (saves you $64)
Also, Beginner’s Packages will be on special now thru the end of January:
$55 for your first 4 classes (a $20 savings), bring a friend and the two of you only pay $90 (after Jan. 31st, goes up to $75 for one, or $120 for 2).
To take advantage of this Holiday Special, please pay by check or cash.
AND, NEW CLASSES!!!
Spiral Qigong in West Seattle! Sundays Jan. 11 – Feb. 8th, 1-2:15pm, 5 sessions at $90 alone or included in unlimited membership. Register in advance by contacting Viola.
Sensing Hands in West Seattle! Sundays, Feb 22nd to March 22nd, 11:30am to 1pm, Connect deeper with your form and structure, have fun and learn the adhering, flow, and listening skills of sensing hands. $90 alone or included with unlimited membership. Register in advance by contacting Viola.
Intermediate/Advanced Chen on Capitol Hill! Friday mornings starting on February 13th, 8:15 – 9:30am – Weapons & 2 person training. Make room in your schedule and plan on joining me Friday mornings. Register in advance by contacting Viola.
Qigong in Burien: Wednesday mornings beginning January 7th, 10:45am, I will be offering a new Qigong class at the Burien Community Center. Focusing on healing and therapeutic work, this class is a good addition to your Tai Chi practice, or can be taken alone if you’ve fallen out of practice and want a gentle return to energy work that strengthens the body bringing relaxation and better vitality. Registration is open now at the Burien Community Center.
Senior Tai Chi & Qigong in West Seattle! Thursday afternoons starting January 8th at 2pm at the West Seattle Senior Center! We have a new time and new classroom! Please spread the word so we can grow this class and bring better balance and health to more folks! Register with Viola when you come to class.
Remember, Take advantage of our discount: 25% off for vets, additional family members, and students over 70 years. Applies to classes at Center for Movement & Healing, Emerald City Aikido, and the ID classes.
SPECIAL SESSION at the Yogasmith in Georgetown, 6917 Airport Way S., Seattle, WA 98108 (map)
BA FA PAN GEN – Spiral Energy Qigong Workshop Friday October 10th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Spiral Energy Qigong – The Ba Fa Pan Gen Intensive
The Ba Fa Pan Gen (Eight Methods to Firm your Roots) Qigong comes from the internal Chinese martial art of Xing Yi, 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.
Cost: $45, early registration recommended.
Register: Via Paypal button above or, make checks payable to Wise Orchid Martial Arts and mail to Viola Brumbaugh at 1311 12th Ave S., #B201, Seattle, WA 98144. For more information, call Sifu Viola at 206-321-0613
April 26, 2014, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA – With over 35 people coming together at Cal Anderson Park, we joined with millions of people in over 70 countries worldwide to celebrate World Tai Chi Qigong Day…
Join us next year, 10am the last Saturday in April and again wrap the world in healing… One World… One Breath…
Seattle World Tai Chi Qigong Day 2014 – 5 Element Qigong Water Yang
5 Element Qigong Standing Post – Fire Yin
Wave Hands Like Clouds
Chen Taiji Cloud Hands Play
Tai Chi Play at Cal Anderson Park
Tai Chi at Cal Anderson Park
2014 World Tai Chi Qigong Day – Silk Reeling Practice
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
@ 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 email@example.com now to reserve your spot.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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