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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.

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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

Cleaning Celebration from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Bring your favorite brooms, dustpans, vacuums, and other cleaning supplies and help us clean our Jing Ying “home” in preparation for the Chinese New Year!

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 from 10:30-11:30am - 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:

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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.

Traditions of the Chinese New Year Workshop
Price: a $2 donation is suggested but not required. Pay the day of the workshop.

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FREE Preschool Pandas (Play and Fitness Class from 11:45am to 12:30pm).- Children from 2 to 5 exercise, play games & learn elementary tumbling. Preschool Pandas is not a martial arts program but is a good preparation for Jing Ying’s martial arts program.

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 supplies.

Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
Price: $5

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!

Free Kung Fu Workshop
Price: Free

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!

Self-Healing Exercises
Price: Free

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.


Free Intro Kids Kung Fu Class
Price: Free

                                       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.

"Organizing the Feng Shui Way"
Price: Free

                                       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.

Tai Chi Workshop and Booksigning with Master C.P. Ong
Price: Free

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!)

Therapeutic Effects of the Human-Horse Relationship Workshop
Price: Free

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Self-defense 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.

Women's Self-Defense Workshop
Price: $5*

* Proceeds from the self defense workshop will go to Arden House, Anne Arundel County's only safe-house shelter for female victims of domestic violence and their children. Students at Jing Ying have supported Arden House in the past with new kitchen supplies for their renovated kitchen. Click on the above button if you would like to pay $5/person, or click on the button below if you would like to pay $10/person.

Women's Self-Defense Workshop (Payment option 2)
Price: $10 (If you would like to donate extra money to Arden House, choose this option).

Monday, February 24, 2014

Tea Tasting:
from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. This informative workshop is presented by The East West Tea Emporium in Annapolis and is led by Lynayn Mielke, a tea professional with Level IV Certification from the Specialty Tea Institute. You’ll get to try several teas from China, learn about their proper preparation, and learn about their health benefits. A registration of $10 is required in advance. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 48 hours before the event. Use the link below to register on-line. For more information or to register by phone, call the Jing Ying Institute at 410-431-5200.

Lynayn is a fun and engaging speaker, and you will walk away from the event knowing more about tea than you ever thought possible! Because of our relationship with Lynayn, we are fortunate to be able to offer this workshop as such a low cost. We hope you can join us for this always-enjoyable fun event. Class size is limited, so be sure to register soon.

Improve your chi with tea!


Tea Tasting
Price: $10

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