Classes for Kids in Greenwood
At Illumination Learning Studio on 77th and Greenwood Ave N.
in the Phinney neighborhood of Seattle
Taiji for Kids & Caretakers/Grandpeeps
Monday, 9 – 9:45 am
$60 per month, paid through Illumination Learning Studio
This class is ideal for ages 4+ and their caregiver or grandparent. We will learn simplified core principles and movements of Taiji (Tai Chi) and basic calming practices. Both the kids and adults will learn to meditate by “Sitting Like a Mountain” and enjoy the grace and fluidity of movements like “Grasping the Sparrows Tail” and “Waving Hands like Clouds”. We’ll explore the concepts of the 5 Elements, incorporating color and nature as well as explore the traditional animal inspirations for many movements and forms, like the crane, tiger, snake, leopard and dragon.
Mindful Movement for the Theater Arts
Monday & Wednesday, 3:30-4 pm
Visit Illumination Learning Studio for the full program details
This 30 minute warm-up for the after school program (4th – 8th grade) will explore the concepts of BREATH-CALM-CENTER-ROOT-ENERGY to support, balance and improve body performance in order to more fully express creative movement and intent. Based on traditional tenets of Taiji (Tai Chi), the students will improve body awareness, spatial perception, concentration and their ability to maintain focus for an extended period of time.
Karin’s “TAIJI KIDZ” approach
TAIJI KIDZ classes with Karin focus on developing basic principles to increase self-awareness, better connections to others, improve listening skills & foster greater cooperation using Taiji & the martial arts as a template for learning.
Kids learn basic meditation & calming practices, do strength, fitness & flexibility training and learn the fun interactive aspect of Taiji as a martial art that boosts confidence in all aspects.
TAIJI KIDZ are
They embody Integrity, Self-Composure & Cooperation
Our focus is Mind & Body Fitness Training
Taiji Drills & Forms
Unique Non-competitive Games
Interactive Play to Cultivate Cooperative Leaders & Listeners!
Day & Summer Camps from the past…
“Kung Fu Acting for Movies”
A camp for kids combining the cinematic & martial arts.
Young actors will become familiar with the camera and the process of filming a movie scene while exploring character, personal expression and dramatic interaction. Students will rehearse and perform scenes from their own original scripts.
The class will conclude with a “red carpet” ceremony and special screening of their original Kung Fu movie.
Historically, Taiji (Tai Chi) is a form of Kung Fu & will be the martial arts template for solo & choreographed movements for the film. Kids will learn core principles & movements of Taiji, basic meditation & calming practices, do strength, fitness & flexibility training and learn fun, interactive drills to perform while creating a movie! Kids will improve self-awareness, listening skills & succeed by cooperation. Acting for film is a great confidence builder & kids will have a unique opportunity to be creative, expressive, disciplined & HAVE FUN!
Karin Collins began studying Taiji in 2000. As a ten-year veteran teacher she has worked with students from 5 to 95. She is certified in several curriculums of Taijiquan including solo forms, 2 person sparring sets, sabre, sword & spear. One of her greatest interests is teaching the interactive forms of Taiji that train the ability to physically connect, listen, receive & gracefully neutralize incoming force. It is an ideal way for kids to learn a martial art without aggression but rather through cooperation. She owns & runs her Taiji studio in Seattle & had a previous, long life training & working in the theatre!
Scott Jackman is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, where he received his BA in Theater and was honored for his thesis film in Sony/AFI’s national competition. He continued his technical training in documentary and dramatic film production at the Vancouver Film School (Canada). He first discovered his love for education while coordinating education outreach for the Seattle International Film Festival. Scott later brought his experience into the classroom to help make standard curriculum more accessible and understandable for students. Scott teaches “Acting for Movies” throughout the Seattle area for both kids and adults.