Kimberly Ivy, Chief Instructor, President
Kimberly Ivy has 42 years of martial and internal martial arts. She is the Seattle President of Chenjiagou Taijiquan, Seattle, USA and is the founder of Embrace The Moon School for Taijiquan and Qigong in Seattle, WA. Ms. Ivy is certified in several systems of Qigong, both Yang and Chen Style Taijiquan. She is a 20th Generation disciple of Chen Family Grandmaster Chen, Xiao Wang a rank of 6th Duan Wei and inducted into the first Martial Arts Woman's Hall of Fame by the Association of Women Martial Artists. Chenjiagou Taijiquan Seattle is an official Branch School of the Chenjiagou Taijiquan School in Chenjiagou, China - (The founding Village of Taijiquan). Kim is also certified in Hatha yoga and holds black belt rankings in Judo and Aikido. Kim has served on the board of the National Qigong Association was on staff at Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine for several years and is an ongoing professional consultant on several grants, studies, articles and books on the efficacy of Taijiquan and Qigong. See Kim's CV here.
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. Doug started studying with Kim in 2007 after a serious illness, looking to Qigong and Taijiquan to help restore his health and strength. Doug is certified in Chen Taijiquan, Hands of the 18 Luohan, Muscle Tendon Changing and the Eight Treasures. 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! When he is not on the floor he is managing website portals, riding horses with his wife Patty and enjoying time with his large and loving family.
Laura Quandt spent the first part of her career in corporate customer training in the Chicago area. As her life unfolded she found herself increasingly called away from the office and into the human body & mind. She earned a black belt in Uechi Ryu Karate, a AAS Degree in Fitness Specialist/Personal Training program and was certified by the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) as a Health/Fitness Specialist. 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. She found Taijiquan and Qigong both useful and inspiring and has been a consistent and dedicated student of these arts since. In all her classes Laura integrates her comprehensive knowledge of physical biomechanics, energetic flows and mental focus with her spirited and lively communication style. Since becoming an “empty nester” in 2015, Laura has begun fulfilling wishes on her bucket list, starting with traveling to sunny destinations and visiting friends and family, piano lessons and self-teaching ukulele.
Nicholas began his formal study of Chen Taijiquan in 2014, at the urging of his wife. He took the first steps on that path nearly a decade earlier while studying Sun and Yang style Taijiquan in Southern California. During that time he had the occasion to see a demonstration by Chen Bing. After the demonstration he set two goals: to learn Chen Taijiquan and to travel to Chen Village to train in its birthplace. The first goal is an ongoing effort. The second was accomplished in 2016. When not on the floor he can be found practicing a variety of weapons outdoors, in his kitchen making everything from scratch or at home enjoying the company of his wife and three dogs.
Scott (Scooter) House
Scooter began training in 2013.. From the beginning Scott has had what it takes to perceive and coordinate the inside body/mind with the outside expression. His diligent daily practice and intention to work on a deep level with Taijiquan and Qigong has accelerated his progress through the curriculum. Within the first year Kim recognized his innate talent for teaching and was thrilled when Scott approached her about the Training Program. She put him to work right away assisting her in the larger classes. With a wealth of intuitive and creative methods for imparting information with skill and humor, beginners love Scooter accessible way of conveying unfamiliar concepts and movements. Scott (aka Scooter) is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and when not working in video design and production or practicing Taijiquan, he can be found at his spinning wheel plying alpaca, wool and silk.
In addition to helping beginners along their way and substitute teaching the advanced classes at the main school, Scooter teaches seated Taijiquan and Ba Duan Jin Qigong (the 8 Treasures Qigong) at Brookdale Senior Living in Queen Anne. Scott is also the lead creative consultant and production manager for Embrace The Moon’s video training series.