Check below for info and links to upcoming summer sessions in the parks and studio, which classes are happening in which parks, upcoming dates for workshops with Master Art Baner, Master David Leung, and Master Shanti as well as info on the next in the Spiral Qigong series.
Also, we have a new online method for registration, check it out and let me know what you think.
Saturday morning classes will be held at Pratt Park.
Remember to bring water and layers and anything else to keep you comfortable as we move into practice outdoors. If you have bee allergies, be sure to keep any necessary medication on hand. And remember, if you have to turn your wipers on past intermittent on the way to class, we’ll meet back at our home base indoor location. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
The following classes will be indoors:
-Tai Chi for Seniors, Mon. 10:15am at Wise Orchid Studio
-Tai Chi for Seniors, Tues. 1pm at Renton Senior Activity Center
-Intro to Tai Chi – Fundamentals for Beginners, Wed. 6pm at Wise Orchid Studio
-Tai Chi for Seniors, Thurs. 2pm at West Seattle Senior Center
Please join us for FREE Intro to Qigong and Intro to Yang Tai Chi nights being offered at South Seattle College on July 12th and 19th, following with new continuing sessions of both beginning in August in the garden.
Master Art Baner returns on Sunday, Aug. 6th for an exploration in the partner work of Push Hands. Check here for more information and sign up early to reserve your spot as space is limited.
Master Leung will be here for a series of Qigong, Tai Chi Principles, and weapon workshops on Sept. 9th and 10th. Save the dates and details will be following soon!
And, Master Shanti will be back in Seattle for a full day of workshops, followed by a day of private lessons on October 15th and 16th. Improve your practice through correcting your alignment, gaining power through connection. Save the dates and registration information will be up on the calendar shortly.
We’ve had a remarkable break studying with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei and his family and senior disciples. Chen Juan, his daughter gave us a very thorough breakdown on the Chen Single Straight Sword form and I look forward to our Weapons classes on Saturday to bring new corrections and details to the group.
Photo By Master Billy Greer, fellow disciple of Chen Zhenglei and owner of Jing Ying Institute in Maryland.
Looking forward to seeing you in the parks and at the studio and enjoying a great summer of deep practice and fun. Thank you everyone! Viola
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.
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!
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.Â 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.
Violaâ€™s Travels and Class Cancellations:
With Spring comes the Eugene Chen Tai Chi Camp!Â 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.Â 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.Â Of course, classes will be continuing down in the ID and at Fauntleroy.Â 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.Â In this class I will be offering the Chen 18 form, along with Grandmaster Chenâ€™s Longevity Exercises, Silk Reeling, and Chen Style QiGong.Â 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.Â Not by choice, but because the teacher that came most highly recommended to me in town taught that style.Â After less than a year of practice learning the Yang 24, Master Leung introduced me to some Chen Style Tai Chi.Â For me it was love at first spiral.Â 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 wasâ€¦ expansive beyond belief.Â I began to better understand the development and movement of qi.Â Through the spiral movements of the form, I felt my practice deepen, my spirit grew lighter, and my roots deeper.Â 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.Â 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.
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.
Chen Taiji Grandmaster Zhu Tiancai shows our traveling Taijiquan group around Chen Village
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.
The Taijiquan Shrine in Chen Village
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.
Chen Taiji Grandmaster Zhu Tiancai shows our traveling Taijiquan group around Chen Village
The Taijiquan Shrine in Chen Village
Anyhow, time for supper, so I better close. I will send this off tomorrow or once I have an internet connection again.