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.
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!
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.
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.
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)