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
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.
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!
Wise Orchid Martial Arts is honored to be hosting another weekend series of Qigong and Tai Chi workshops by Master David Leung on Capitol Hill in Seattle August 3rd and 4th.
Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm, August 3rd we will kick off the weekend of training with the study and practice of Ba Duan Jin Qigong, the Eight Brocade movements are an ancient Qigong set to stretch and twist the body cultivating better vitality by improving circulation of qi and the health of internal organs.
Then at 5pm, we delve into the core principles of Taijiquan. Whether you are a novice or are a veteran Tai Chi player, Master Leung’s depth of knowledge and generosity of sharing will help you bring your practice to a new level.
Then Sunday morning we return with a look into Tui Shou, Tai Chi’s push hands and exploring the applications of movements giving clearer intention behind the postures. Bring Yi into your practice with this fun session of two person play.
And, Sunday afternoon at 1pm we come back to play some Tai Chi Sword. The jian, double edged straight sword, becomes an extension of your body, expanding your qi and improving your empty hand form.
Hosted by Sifu Viola Brumbaugh of Wise Orchid Tai Chi & Qigong, Master Leung returns to Seattle Aug. 3rd & 4th 2013 to share more depth into Ba Duan Jin, The Eight Pieces of Brochade Qigong, Tai Chi Universal Principles, Push Hands and Sword play
Just a reminder that it’s coming up fast! My esteemed teacher Master David Leung will be here in Seattle August 25th & 26th and I am excited to be hosting him for a series of workshops. Everyone is welcome! I hope you’ll come join me and support great teaching and gain an unforgettable experience of learning and fun.
Master Leung was my first Tai Chi instructor and continues to inspire me beyond words. He has the incredible skill of being able to teach to all experience levels with great depth of the art and culture as well as humor. Below is a brief rundown on the workshop schedule.
Saturday, August 25th, 2:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Ba Duan Jin Qigong (8 Brocade Qigong)
Saturday, August 25th, 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m., Tai Chi – Universal Principals
Sunday, August 26th, 9:30a.m. – 12noon, Tai Chi Applications and Push Hands
Sunday, August 26th, 1:00p.m. – 3:30 pm, Tai Chi Sword
Each class is $45.00 or take all 4 for $165.00, Fees increase by $10 per class after August 16th. Get your registration in right away to get the early bird discount and reserve your spot!
Here is a link to copy and paste into your browser to take a look at the flyer/registration form for more information:
Then print this form out, complete and mail with your check to Sifu Viola and you are set!
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Baishi Ceremony, August 1998, Eugene, Oregon
All my best,
Wise Orchid Martial Arts