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.
@ 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.