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Kimberly Ivy

Joyce Broderson

Brian Hata

Andy Walker

Doug Northman

Laura Quandt

Larry Spangler

Linnie Kendrick



Kimberly Ivy - Founder, Director
 
“Let the beauty we love be what we do.” Rumi

Kimberly Ivy Kimberly Ivy began her training 36 years ago in Tucson, Arizona amidst the Yin & Yang of Desert Heat and Monsoons. From the beginning, training was not simply a hobby but a powerful invitation into a transformative process. Whereas the Martial Arts interest her, and are fun, breath and sweat were always and continue to be a much deeper forging of spirit, mind and body. Her life and training passion have carried her to the rain forests of Oregon, the sushi bars of Japan & the
temples of China. In 1993 she settled in Seattle and while serving as a Barista, founded Embrace the Moon Taijiquan and Qigong, Inc. Along the way Kim has become certified in several different Qigong forms and systems,and in 2006 was inducted as 20th Generation disciple of Chen Grandmaster Chen, Xiao Wang. In 2011 she formally tested with the International Wu Shu (Chinese Martial Arts) Association, Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang and Chen Xiao Xing, and earned the rank of 6th Duan Wei. In March 2012, Kim was inducted into the first Martial Arts Woman's Hall of Fame by the Association of Women Martial Artists. She is also certified in Hatha yoga, holds black belt rankings in Judo and Aikido and was a National Bronze Medal Winner at the 1997 “A Taste of China" in Yang Taijiquan forms. Kim is a current board member of the National Qigong Association and is on staff at SIOM College.

Kim loves to teach Taijiquan and Qigong and considers it her
good fortune to have a wide range of students of all ages and fitness levels from children to athletes to those who have recently been diagnosed with a life changing illness. Kim approaches her relationships with her students collaboratively with fun and humor, and feels those qualities are as important to a good practice as are good form and energy.

Her Taijiquan Lineage is with Grand Master Chen, Xiao Wang, 19th Generation Standard Bearer of Chen Family Taijiquan. Kim was accepted among Grandmaster’s 20th Generation direct disciples in March of 2006 in a formal ceremony in Chenjiagou, the birthplace of Taijiquan. She has an ongoing and close relationship with the Chen Family; in addition to frequent training trips to China, she trains & hosts the family several times a year.

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Kim’s Yang Taijiquan training is in the tradition of Yang Cheng-fu, with the late Jane Hallendar and Sam Masich as her primary teachers. Kim is certified by Dr. Gaspar Garcia and the European Luohan Gong Association in the Luohan Gong and her other Qigong lineages include Don Leathers in the tradition of Lily Sui, Chen, Hui Xian, for Soaring Crane, Essence & Turtle Longevity and Madame Liu He and Dr. Liu Dong for Jade
Body & 1000 Hands Buddha and Madame Gao Fu in Hun Yuan Gong. Kim has developed several programs for those with special health concerns including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease in association with Swedish Medical Center, The Center for Comprehensive Care, the Aveda Corporation and the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, among others, and she maintains associations with hospitals, clinics, and individual health care professionals in the Seattle area. She also collaborated with Group Health on a National Institute of Health grant studying Taijiquan, massage, meditation, and back pain, writing and implementing the first protocol studying Taijiquan within this framework.

Kim runs a teacher training & development program at Embrace The Moon and all teachers at Embrace The Moon are certified and expertly trained in the methods they teach. Those that teach at the school are chosen by Ms. Ivy personally because they have the experience, skill and heart to steward their students through the breadth and depth of the practice experience.


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Laoshi Joyce Broderson - Senior Instructor
 
Joyce One of the founding members of Embrace The Moon, Joyce Broderson came to the internal arts a bit later in life (though you would never know it!) She now shares her joy of practice with the joy of being a grandma – twice! Over the past 19 years of ongoing training, Joyce has become expertly skilled at Yang and Chen Taijiquan, the Hands of the 18 Luohan and several forms of Qigong. Mrs. Broderson’s main interest is, however, not in form per se but in the internal quiet and strength these arts develop. Joyce is respected throughout the
school for her capacity to stay present and in the moment during each class and for her ability to communicate this challenging aspect of the practices to others. Embrace The Moon is lucky to have Joyce as its senior instructor, sharing her gracious intuitive skill in sensing and working with internal energy. In addition to her classes, she also hosts workshops on Mastering the Art of Slowness. All levels of skill benefit.

Ms. Broderson's teachers include Kim Ivy, Madame Gao-fu, Ken Wright, Dr. Gaspar Garcia and Master Chen Xiao Wang. Joyce is certified by Sifu Ivy to teach Yang Taijiquan 24 short form and certified in The Hands of the 18 Luohan, The 8 Treasures Qigong by Gaspar Garcia. After 18 years of devoted training, personal development and selfless dedication to the Embrace The Moon community, Kim Ivy granted Mrs. Broderson the title of Laoshi (senior instructor with lineage) in 2008.

Read A Conversation with Joyce.

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Laoshi Brian Hata - Senior Instructor
 

Brian Hata’s Tai Chi training hales back to the early 70’s when the art was beginning to emerge and gain respect in the United States. For 5 years Brian studied Yang Tai Chi with Raymund Chung and T.T Tchoung, two of the Pacific Northwest’s early Chinese master instructors. Over the next two decades Brian devoted himself to family and profession carrying the principles of his training with him. With his son in the last years of High School, Brian returned to formal studies in 2004

with Embrace The Moon. Brian studies Yang, Sun and Chen Taijiquan and the Luohan Gong system and has become a skilled teacher in his tenure with Embrace The Moon. Brian is certified in the 18 Hands of Luohan, The Eight Treasures Qigong by Gaspar Garcia and is level II of the Meridian Strength and Flexibility Training system. In 2010, Brian became certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis, Levels I and II, Seated Tai Chi For Arthritis, and Tai Chi For The Workplace. He continues his study of the Sun Family Taijiquan with Tryoce Throme and Dr. Paul Lam. Brian is a skilled fly fisherman, biker, skier, hiker and gardener. He enjoys his non-tai chi time with his wife Alisa and son, both Tai Chi practitioners as well.

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Laoshi Andrew Walker

“No matter how tiny your hotel room might be,
it will be large enough for standing meditation.”


Andrew Walker Andrew has been a member of Embrace the Moon for 19 years, participating at a very fundamental level with the evolution of the school from the beginning, in all of its incarnations. He has been a long time student of Yang Style Tai Chi and several varieties of Qigong becoming the first teacher next to Kim to become certified in Soaring Crane, Chinese Essence and Turtle Longevity Qigong. Andrew is also certified in Thousand Hands Buddha, and
Jade Body Qigong. Through his principal teacher, Kim Ivy of Embrace the Moon, he has gone on to study with Madame Chen Hui Xian (Soaring Crane, Essence, Turtle Longevity), Master Liu Dong (Jade Body), Madame Liu He (Thousand Hands Buddha), Roger Lore, and Terri Applegate. Andrew also studied 18 Hands of Luohan Qigong with Sifu Dr. Gaspar Garcia during his initial visit to Seattle in 2004. Other forms that he has studied include Muscle Tendon Changing, Hun Yun Gong and Meridian Longevity Qigong. On the Tai Chi side, Andrew has been a student of the Yang Style short form, long form, and Sword Form and has studied these with Kim Ivy, Madame Gao Fu, and Sam Masich. In his professional career as a producer of events, Andrew travels frequently and often internationally. He appreciates the portability of these practices and enthusiastically practices standing all over the world.

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Doug Northman

“One of my guiding principles is to be of service,
this I have tried to take into all of my work and personal interactions.”

Doug Northman Doug began studying Eastern philosophy and mind/body practices in his early teens. The Buddhist sutras, the I Ching, Yoga, and Meditation were his early teachers and his curiosity about the energetic nature of our body/mind drew him to study Herbology, Iridology, Reflexology and the Touch for Health system of Kinesiology. In the 1980’s Doug became particularly drawn to Yogananda, becoming a disciple,
and practicing the Self-Realization techniques for many years. As Doug’s family grew he devoted his time to building a secure home, working in many fields over the years; first as a tofu maker, then sprout grower, for many years a construction trades person, and now Doug works in computer information systems for health care. In response to the stresses of modern life, including his shift from a job of physical labor to that of sedentary computer work, Doug began his study of Tai Chi in 2004.

Doug came to Embrace the Moon in 2007 after a serious illness, looking to Qigong and Tai Chi to help restore his health and strength. Doug was also looking for a community of students with whom he could practice. Of his experience at Embrace The Moon Doug says, “I found both a wonderful group of passionate, hardworking, and fun-loving people and excellent instruction.”

Doug’s teachers include Sifu Kim Ivy, Grandmasters Chen Xiao Wang, Chen Xiao Xing, and Dr. Gaspar Garcia. He recently traveled to China to study Taijiquan in the Chen family school, gaining a deeper understanding of Chen Taiji and a greater appreciation for the family and their arts. Whether in the trades, computing, or on the practice floor, teaching is something that comes very naturally to Doug. In both Taijiquan and Qigong Doug embodies Tradition with an ease and lightness that is infectious. You will enjoy not only his ability to demonstrate the forms well but also his innovative capacity to explain the core basics in a fun and accessible way. And don’t let that broad smile fool you! You will know you had a workout!

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Laura Quandt

Laura Laura Quandt, wife & mother of 2 blossoming teenagers, spent the first part of her career in customer training with various corporations in the Chicago area. She worked with individuals and groups facilitating their skilled use of news searching and financial reporting software. As her life unfolded she found herself increasingly called away from the office and into the human body & mind. Her interests inevitably lead her to the martial arts where she earned a black belt in Uechi Ryu Karate. She then entered into the fitness industry where she earned her AAS Degree in Fitness Specialist/Personal Training program in 2005. Laura is certified by the ACSM
(American College of Sports Medicine) as a Health/Fitness Specialist and by the NSCA-CPT (National Sports Conditioning Association-Certified Personal Trainer). Laura became a student of Taijiquan and Qigong in 2005 when she was in constant back pain and had very low energy during a particularly dreary Seattle fall and winter. At that time Laura was looking for a way to relax her muscles and invigorate her mind. She found Taijiquan and Qigong both useful and inspiring and has been a consistent and dedicated student of these arts since. Laura has taught group exercise classes as well as worked with individual clientele throughout Seattle where she integrates her comprehensive knowledge of physical biomechanics, energetic flows and mental focus with her spirited and lively communication style.

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Larry Spangler

“Proceed as the way opens." Quaker Saying

Larry Larry Spangler's great joy is sharing the practices of Tai Chi and Qigong with others. As an Occupational Therapist specializing in geriatric rehabilitation, he understands the importance of maintaining mobility throughout one's life.

Larry began studying at Embrace the Moon in 2005 as well as with other notable teachers throughout the region. Larry has become skilled
in Yang Tai Chi and Qigong, most notably The Hands of the 18 Qigong, during this time. Larry believes that Tai Chi and Qigong contribute greatly to his general health. Larry is a long-time lover of movement and music. He has studied ballet, African and jazz dance during his 20's and 30's, and has been an amateur classical guitarist for 4 decades. Larry also has not-so-secret passions for vintage VW's and cooking!

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Linnie Kendrick

Linnie Linnie began her study of Taijiquan in 1994, with Christopher Pei, in Arlington Virginia. She earned a black belt with the United States Wushu Academy and went on to became an instructor with the Academy as well as with Sun and Moon Yoga Studios and Peaceable Dragon consortium. Additionally, Linnie as been a serious student of Yoga since 1998. Linnie began studying Qigong with Kim Ivy at Embrace The Moon in in 2006, completing the teacher training program at our school in 2012. Along her way, Linnie has studied with many highly acclaimed Grandmasters, including Chen Zhen
Lei, Chen Xiao Wang, Chen Bing and Gaspar Garcia. Additionally, Linnie travelled to and trained in Chenjiagou, the seat of Taijiquan. Linnie is also Jewelry artist and a teacher of enameling arts. She shows locally throughout the Puget Sound. Linnie thinks of both arts as structured play. Of her work Linnie states, "one form will often grow out of another in the process of making. I search for simplicity and elegance in form, line and color." Practicing the gentle art of Qigong helps Linnie to find moments of serenity in her life. By sharing this art, her desire is that her students may also realize this benefit.

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