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Chinese New Year 2018
Year of the Dog

For 2018, the Lunar New Year begins on Friday, February 16. The Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & tai Chi will be hosting our annual celebration to help usher in the Year of the Dog; but because we have so many wonderful activities, we extend that period.

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. The Tea Tasting has limited seating and has already started filling up, so register ASAP.

Tea Tasting with Lynayn Mielke, Free Kids Kung Fu & Lion Dance class, Free Tai Chi Workshop,
Self-Defense Workshop for Women & Teens*, Free Valentine's Day Tai Chi Class, Chinese Calligraphy Class, OPEN House, Silent Auction for The Bernie House (check back for any additions!)

*Proceeds go to The Bernie House, a single family transitional home for the non-offending parent and children who have left an abusive situation. Learn more about this wonderful organization at www.theberniehouse.org


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Self-defense Workshop for Women & Teen Girls from 2:00 pm to 4:00 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 may not be 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 The Bernie House, a single-family transitional home for the non-offending parent and children who have left an abusive situation (www.TheBernieHouse.org).

Here's what one mom had to say about Jing Ying's self-defense workshop:

"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."


Class size is limited, so we recommend that you register as soon as possible. Last year the workshop was full about a week beforehand, and we could no longer accept new registrations. You must pre-pay to hold your spot. If this date does not work for you, you can schedule a workshop for your group (examples: scouts, moms groups, church groups). We will also hold our annual Self-Defense Workshop for College Students in July or August based on interest.

 

Women's Self-Defense Workshop (at Jing Ying)
Price: $20*


* 100% of the proceeds from the self defense workshop will go to The Bernie House, a single-family transitional home for the non-offending parent and children who have left an abusive situation (www.TheBernieHouse.org). Click on the above button if you would like to pay $20/person, or click on the button below if you would like to pay $30/person. Of course, you may donate more.

Women's Self-Defense Workshop (at Jing Ying)
Price: $30



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day Tai Chi Class (10:30-11:30am) at the Severna Park Community Center (623 B&A Blvd, Severna Park) - This is our ongoing tai chi class at the Severna Park Community Center (most of our Lunar New Year events are at our main location in Arnold), with a special sweet twist! If this is your first time, you can try the class out for free and only pay if you decide to continue to take classes. We will celebrate Valentine's Day with some fun tai chi exercises and a bit of healthy chocolate.

Valentines Day Tai Chi Class (at Severna Park Community Center), Weds, Feb 14
Price: Free



Friday, February 16, 2018

A Very Special Tea Tasting from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Looking for something fun to do on a Friday evening? Get a taste of the Chinese Tea House experience! This informative workshop is presented by The East West Tea Emporium of 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. You will also enjoy some light refreshments.

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.

Seating is limited, so register soon! Because of the popularity of this event, you must pre-pay. 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.

Improve your chi with tea!


Tea Tasting at Jing Ying. - THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL. EMAIL info@JingYing.org IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO A WAIT LIST. LET US KNOW THE # SEATS YOU WOULD NEED.
Price: $25

 




Saturday, February 17 &
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Free Introductory Kids Kung Fu Class from 12 pm to 1:00pm on Saturday, 2/17 and from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, 2/21. 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 10 minutes early to check in.

  

Free Intro Kids Kung Fu Class
Price: Free


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lunar New Year Tai Chi Class (10:30-11:30am) at the Severna Park Community Center (623 B&A Blvd, Severna Park) - This is our ongoing tai chi class at the Severna Park Community Center (most of our Lunar New Year events are at our main location in Arnold), with some Lunar New Year treats. If this is your first time, you can try the class out for free and only pay if you decide to continue to take classes. We will celebrate Lunar New Year with some traditional Lunar New Year treats.



Friday, February 23, 2018

Chinese Calligraphy workshop from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Learn basic brush strokes and characters from Chinese Calligraphy.This is a great introduction to this beautiful art, and you will gain an appreciation for the work of master calligraphers. We supply paper, ink and brushes for use during class.
Presented by Wendy Ng. Fee: $5 to cover cost of supplies. You must pre-pay to hold your spot in this popular class.

Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
Price: $5

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Free Open House with refreshments and entertainment from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the fun. The entertainment, crafts, food, and EcoAdventures experience are all FREE. There will be several giveaways and contests to add to the fun.

Lion Dance Performance at 3:15 pm, followed by demonstrations of Tai Chi, Kung Fu forms and weapons. The Chinese Lion Dance is often confused with the Dragon Dance. Both are a part of Chinese New Year and other traditional Chinese festivities. The Chinese Lion Dance is performed by two people, wearing a Lion Dance costume, and the Dragon Dance is performed by many more people.

Bring some cash to "feed" the lion during its ceremonial dance. Jing Ying will provide the hong bao (red envelope) in which to place the money. This is supposed to bring good luck to the giver, and the more given, the better the luck! The money will be donated to charity.

Year of the Dog Craft Activities
- have fun with origami and other crafts.

Traditions of the Chinese New Year- Visit Wendy Ng's table to learn about the traditions she grew up with as a child and try out some traditional Chinese treats. Learn more about the red envelopes (hong bao). Wendy is always happy to share and answer your questions.

EcoAdventures will bring some of their animals from their indoor rainforest to celebrate with us. They will be on our second floor, so you can choose to visit with them and also enjoy our other activities downstairs. We have a big facility, so there's plenty of room to offer lots of activities for our community friends!

Silent Auction for the Bernie House (Auction closes at 4:30pm). During the Lunar New Year, Jing Ying Institute chooses a charity to receive money we raise from our self-defense workshop (see above to register) and raffles. This year we are hosting a Lunar New Year silent_auction, and the funds raised will go to the same charity. If you would like to donate, please contact us at 410-431-5200.

The Bernie House is an area transitional home for a family fleeing domestic violence. It gives the family an opportunity to develop and become self-sufficient by living in a safe environment with eased financial requirements.

Free Lunar New Year Open House
Price: Free


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Free Tea and Tai Chi Seminar (Tai Chi/Qigong for Health & Wellness) from 7:00-8:30pm. Discover how this ancient and low-impact form of exercise promotes joint health, improves flexibility and strength; improves balance and helps prevent falls; helps with arthritis, blood pressure, diabetes and chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia; and increases bone density.

The first part of the workshop will be a discussion about the health benefits of tai chi and qigong and then you will have the opportunity to practice silk-reeling exercises and basic tai chi & qigong movements. 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. Free.

Instructional DVD available for purchase.

Tai Chi Seminar
Price: Free