Thursday, March 10, 2011

Seattle Kung Fu Club

Posted by Amy Baranski 

So, on the Tai Chi front - I just spoke with the person at the Seattle Kung Fu Club regarding their Tai Chi class. It's $45 for a uniform, $50 for membership fee, and $95 (monthly) if you go 1 time a week. It's $150 (monthly) if you go to class 2-3 times a week. There's no introductory offer.

Thrilling screenshot of the Seattle Kung Fu Club site.
Where the hell is Groupon when you need them? Oh I forgot, they're raking in millions before their IPO exploiting Tibetans. Tangent - sorry.
I've heard such reputable recommendations about Seattle Kung Fu Club and the Sifu S.S. Leong was endorsed by last weekend's Tai Chi instructor. I might just have to figure out a way to swing this.

After speaking with the nice woman on the phone I learned that the Seattle Kung Fu Club requires you to register as a student and sign up at least two days in advance of your first class. They also offer the option to watch a class, which sounds free. So I could come tonight (except I can't because I have a yoga class) and watch the class and meet with the instructor. Tai Chi classes at the Seattle Kung Fu Club Central location (in the International District) are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 7:30pm and Saturday from 11am-12:30pm.

I don't know if I can make a commitment to enrolling this month, especially when there are some free weekend sessions, but I can make a commitment to watching a class and meeting with the Sifu this month. Unfortunately because of some scheduling snafus this weekend will not include a trek to the Seattle Kung Fu Club. I'm going to target next Saturday for a visit there. This Saturday however I'm going to watch the advanced class taught at Dance Underground (a space up on 15th Ave.) by Saul Krotki. It starts at 7:30am. That's going to be challenging on a Saturday. But I do it all for the blog. It's all for the blog!

Saul emailed me back and said that they are a mature group of people with students who've been studying 10 years or more. They are devoted to the teachings of Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing. Krotki was his student in New York City in the 1960's.  So I can't wait to meet him!

Note to self: if you want to do something successfully e.g. devoting a whole month to exploring Tai Chi, do some research at least a month in advance, and maybe don't join a 30-day yoga challenge. Just some thoughts.

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