Chinese New Year 2014
Year of the Horse
For 2014, the Lunar New Year begins on Friday, January 31 and the celebration traditionally lasts for 15 days. The Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & tai Chi will be hosting our annual celebration to help usher in the Year of the Horse. Because we have so many wonderful activities, we've decided to offer them over the course of the month to allow more people to attend.
Check back frequently as workshops are still being added!
These events are open to the general public and do not require any previous
experience. We recommend that you register in advance for any workshops you
would like to attend. You may register at the door, but it will be on a
"space-available" basis. We recommend that you arrive 10 to 15 minutes
early to any events to check in or register as needed.
Free Tai Chi Workshop & Book Signing with Master CP Ong
Free Homeschool Classes Traditions of the Chinese New Year Workshop
Free Preschool Pandas Class Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
Free Open House with Food, Fun, & Entertainment Free Introductory Kung Fu Classes
Free Self-Healing Exercises with Dr. Daohe Fang Free "Organizing the Feng Shui Way"
Free "The Human-Horse Relationship" Self-Defense Workshop for Women & Teens*
Tea Tasting *Proceeds go to a local domestic violence safe house.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
It's traditional to clean before the new year starts to make room for incoming good luck. It's also a last chance to clean because during the 2 weeks of the new year celebration, brooms and dust pans are stashed away so that the newly arrived good luck isn't accidentally swept away.
We will dust Jing Ying from top to bottom, make the trophies shiny, the floors spotless, and the sinks gleaming. We will hang up New Year decorations.
Each year, we hide the animal zodiac for someone to find while cleaning. This year it will be a horse (not a real one, of course!) So be sure to clean thoroughly!
Friday, January 31, 2014
Free Homeschool Class
- Join us for this free class. Open to ages 5 to adult. Enjoy the benefits of
our Kung Fu program in a daytime class specifically for homeschoolers! New
session begins Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
For more information and to register on-line, go to: http://www.jingying.org/programs/homeschool_kung_fu_program.htm
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Traditions of the Chinese New Year, Workshop for Families from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Learn more about Chinese culture with information about Lunar New Year Traditions. Participants will get to sample some traditional treats and will receive a hong bao (red envelope) that will contain a small amount of money.
A donation of $2/person is suggested to cover the cost of supplies. Presented by Wendy Ng.
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A parent/caregiver is free to join in with their child. The 8-week session begins Feburary 7.
For more information and to register on-line, go to:
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Chinese Calligraphy workshop
from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Learn basic brush strokes and characters
from Chinese Calligraphy. We supply paper, ink and brushes for use
during class. Presented by Wendy Ng. Fee: $5 to cover cost of
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Free Open House with refreshments and entertainment from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the fun.
Lion Dance Performance at 12:45 pm, followed by demonstrations of Tai Chi, Kung Fu forms and weapons.
Free Introductory Kung Fu Class from 1:30 pm to
2:30 pm. Learn about the Chinese Martial Art of Kung Fu. Suitable for beginners
of all fitness levels with no experience in martial arts as well as those who
have studied other martial arts. The class will cover background information,
exercises, basic techniques and more. If you are curious about Kung Fu and have
wanted to give it a try, now's your chance!
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Self-Healing Exercises of Qigong, Taiji and Chinese Medicine
from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm with Dr Daohe Fang of Annapolis. Dr Fang is a
highly respected medical doctor trained in western and Chinese
medicine. His workshops are always a favorite,
so register early to reserve your spot!
This year's workshop will include self-healing through head & facial massage to help skin, hair, memory, focus, sleep and more. You will learn how to do these easy-to-learn, simple exercises on yourself at the workshop.
While this workshop is free, we appreciate a donation of a
non-perishable food item. We will be collecting food for the food
pantry at our local assistance network (SPAN, Inc.) from now until
the end of February.
We're sorry, but this workshop is full.
All of our other workshops are currently open, including the workshop with tai chi master C.P. Ong. Sign up soon!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Free Introductory Kids Kung Fu Class from 4:00 pm to 5:00pm. Suitable for children from 5 to 10, this workshop will include an introductory lesson in Kung Fu, will provide information on Chinese New Year, and will teach some of the basics of Chinese Lion Dance. A child-size lion head is available for the kids to use along with drums, cymbals and a gong. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Organizing the Feng Shui Way from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Susan von Suhrke is a member of Toastmasters International, and has given presentations and workshops to a number of local organizations, including several Anne Arundel County Senior Activity Centers, The AA County Department of Aging & Disabilities, the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce, and church organizations. She coaches a monthly De-Clutter Support Group at the Pascal Senior Center, and is also an adjunct professor at AACC, teaching continuing education classes related to organizing and Senior-relocation issues. Susan has been a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) since 2007 and the National Association of Professional Organizers since 2008.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Free Tai Chi Workshop and Booksigning with Master C.P. Ong from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Join us for a very special workshop with Tai Chi Master C.P. Ong! There will be a discussion about the health benefits of tai chi and then you will have the opportunity to practice basic tai chi moves. You have the option of staying seated for all or part of the workshop (we encourage you to stay within your comfort zone). This workshop is suitable for all levels of fitness. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to talk to Master Ong and have him sign a copy of his new book, Taijiquan: Cultivating Inner Strength.
The Jing Ying Institute has greatly benefited from the work Master Ong has done to arrange tai chi workshops in our area. He has been a pioneer in the USA for Chen style taiji and has spent countless hours training with top grandmasters. The time spent training and traveling to workshops with these grandmasters, where he often served as their translator, allowed him to develop personal relationships that gave him unique access to their knowledge.
His years spent translating for the grandmasters has made him very good at making the language and concepts of taiji accessible to Westerners. This comes across in his book which is easy to read and clearly presents even the most complex concepts. Often analogies to sports more familiar to Westerners are used to explain concepts and photos are used generously.
Master Ong's book builds the foundation and understanding of the principles that will improve all your forms and applications. Along the way, you will learn about the history of taiji both in China and in the US and read interesting stories from the history of the Chen family.
Any student of taiji would benefit from reading this book, but it is a "must-have" book for students of Chen family taiji! You can purchase your copy of the book before the workshop at Jing Ying Institute, at our online store, or on the evening of the workshop.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
The Therapeutic Effects of the Human-Horse Relationship from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
Presented by Emma Cruse of The Arion Center.
The Arion Center for Equine Facilitated Human Growth is delighted to offer a workshop in honor of the year of the horse for the Jing Ying institute. Horses have the capacity to read and interpret human emotions, to create authentic relationship, and to provoke change in the way people interact with the world. At this experiential workshop, participants will be invited to learn the role horses can play in fostering mindfulness, connection, and somatic awareness. In keeping with the Chinese mythos of the horse representing never- ending self-improvement, and in honor of this calendar year's element of wood - meaning creativity, nurturance, and growth – The Arion Center invites you to discover how horses help people lead richer more satisfying lives.
Emma Cruse is a life-long student of horses and everything they have to teach. She's studied with some of
the world's most renown teachers of non-coercive horsemanship.
A passionate student of human growth and development, Emma designed her undergraduate degree at Goddard College to explore human psychology and the role horses can play in establishing balance and
self-discovery for their two-legged partners. Emma is a licensed graduate social worker and certified Equine Gestalt Coach. Although the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method™ is not therapy, Emma draws from her experiences as a mental health and substance abuse counselor to enrich and inform her coaching practice.
Since this workshop is at Jing Ying, Emma won't be able to bring any horses with her. She will, however, offer Jing Ying workshop participants a special sign-up for a class at her center in Annapolis where you will be able to interact with the horses (in warmer weather!)
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Workshop for Women & Teens from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. This
will be geared for teens and adults. Learn basic skills for
avoiding trouble and protecting yourself. The workshop will
start with a discussion on safety to help you avoid trouble.
That will be followed with a lesson on escape techniques for
situations you weren't able to avoid. Finally, self-defense
techniques will be covered for fighting back when you aren't
able to escape easily.
During the Lunar New Year, we offer this self-defense workshop at a low cost as a service to our local community. We have listed two prices below from which you can choose to pay. 100% of the proceeds go to a local shelter for female victims of domestic violence and their children. We also will accept on their behalf donations of disposable diapers and non-perishable food items.
Here's what one mom had to say:
"My teenage daughter attended one of your self-defense workshops for women, and I believe it helped prevent her abduction. Two men tried to drag her into a truck, and she was able to escape using your techniques."
We're sorry, but this workshop is full. We are happy to schedule a workshop for your group (examples: scouts, moms groups, church groups). There may be a 2-part workshop in March if there is interest, so contact us. We will also hold our annual Self-Defense Workshop for College Students in August.