There are many exciting things afoot with Wise Orchid this summer.
First off, we have a new home: Our Own Wise Orchid Studio!! Yes, I get the keys this Friday, and we’ll be starting out Summer Session on July 4th at our new home with 7:30am Qigong.
To celebrate independence in more ways that one, all of Monday’s classes in the new home will be open and free to all.
Also, with the new space, we have freedom to offer new classes! Look below for the info on new classes as well as returning summer sessions.
Then, we are excited to welcome Master Shanti back to Seattle for a couple workshops to improve your structure and push hands on July 23rd and 24th. Look below for details.
Now that the sun is here for a few months, many of our sessions will be moving back out to the parks. Look for us in Lincoln Park, the arboretum at South Seattle College, and the Burien Community Park/Skate Park and Annex Park. If you are not sure of the location, please check our calendar for updated locations or contact Viola.
And, Mark your calendars for Master Leung workshops on October 8th!
For many years now I’ve been teaching wherever there was space to share and people interested in learning. I know that in going to many different locations, I have been able to teach many more people than I would reach in just one spot. And yet it has been my dream to create a space that was Wise Orchid Taijiquan & Qigong. A place that not only myself, but all the students would consider their home. It’s happening now. Less than a week ago, I made the commitment and signed a 5-year lease for our new studio.
We are having a soft opening there this coming Monday, July 4th, and all regular Monday classes will be happening there and free to the public. And, going forward, all classes that were formerly held at Emerald City Aikido on Capitol Hill and the Chinese Wushu TaiChi Academy in the International District will now take place at Wise Orchid Taijiquan & Qigong. We’ll be having aGrand Opening Celebration on Sunday July 31st. Please let me know if you are interested and able to help organize and plan this event.
Our new home is at:
2002 E. Union Street, Seattle, WA 98122
This is the before shot. Katy’s cafe is on the corner to the left. After shot soon to come.
Welcome Home Everyone!
Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei’s training camp, Duanwei Exam, 20th Anniversary Celebration of Chinese Wushu TaiChi Academy and Disciple Pledge Ceremony was a huge success and an incredible week to be part of and participate in. Thank you everyone who pitched in whether you were helping carry water for the snack table, registered arriving participants, or covered classes while we were training. Congratulations to Rusel DeMaria who pledged and became a disciple of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei. After 17 years of Tai Chi practice, many of which were with Grandmaster Chen and your years of dedication to the art, it is an honor, well deserved not only for your accomplishments, but also your heart of service you bring to the tradition and your leadership.
In addition, John Howe, after staying long past other participants in the regular workshop classes, studying, practicing and testing for the 4th level Duanwei and did an amazing job! Congratulations!
MASTER SHANTI will be returning July 23rd and 24th for another training in structure and a new session on push hands drills. If you missed last time, you know after hearing everyone talk about the amazing learning, that this one is not to be missed.
Each session is $55 in advance or $65 at door. If you pre-register for both, $100 total.
With the new studio we have flexibility and space to offer more classes.
Beginning in July, we’ll be offering a An Introduction to Tai Chi for Beginners and for students who want to improve their fundamentals. This class begins Wednesday, July 13th, 6pm – 7pm and will run 9 weeks. This is a great place to start if you are interested in beginning your practice or want to dive deep into your principles work. Taught by Sifu Rusel DeMaria, this class can stand alone or be included in your unlimited class tuition. Link here for more information and to register.
Other exciting news: Save the Date! Master Leung will be returning to Seattle on Oct. 8th to share some of his vast experience with some extraordinary energy work. Info will be up on the website shortly.
And, folks who have been interested in 2 person sparring sets will be happy to hear thatMaster Art Baner will be here in late August to launch a series on the Yang 88 form. I will send out more info once I’ve got the details.
And, lastly, now that we have our new home, we have an opportunity to share our space. If you or someone you know is interested in renting out studio please contact Viola. There are many hours that are available as you know I teach all over the place and I still intend to do so.
I continue to be humbled and blessed by your support and I thank you for your stepping into this practice with the vulnerability it takes to explore these arts and do something different to improve our lives. I thank you for joining me on this journey of discovery inward and am honored to be your friend and teacher.
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 email@example.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.
@ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
This Sunday practice will focus on partner work for the first hour and then working implement forms both Yang and Chen, Straight Sword and Saber. We’ll meet at Wise Orchid Taijiquan & Qigong. Bring your own implements if you have them, or let Viola know if you need one to practice…
Morning Qigong on Capitol Hill/Central District – Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:30am-8:30am Improve your health, increase your energy, and speed your recovery from illness. QiGong’s stretching and strengthening movements activate “qi” in your body, stimulate your immune system, strengthen your internal organs, and rejuvenate your soul. In this class we practice…
Chen Taijiquan on Capitol Hill/Central District Chen family Tai Chi is the original form of this art. In this class we will practice Joint Lubrication Qigong, Silk Reeling, and the Chen 18 Essential Forms and the Laojia Yilu. Improve balance and flexibility, reduce stress and joint discomfort, develop strength and…