Overview

Enso is an ancient, international symbol of inner strength, harmony, community, and peace. It symbolizes a commitment to personal growth through body and mind balance, discipline, and practice. Enso comes from the Japanese language and literally means an "open" circle.

Enso Center has been teaching martial arts and international arts for 25+ years!

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization (EIN: 91-1918720).

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Founding Members

Jason Mix
Founding Member

Jason Mix has been a professional
martial arts instructor for 25+ years
studying and teaching extensively in Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido and Tai Chi.


Susan Mix
Founding Member

Susan Mix began teaching as the principal instructor of Body And Mind Martial Arts in 1985, which later became Enso Center. She started her martial arts training with her family, and continues the tradition to this day.

 

Beverly Corwin
Founding Member

Beverly Corwin has studied the art of Aikido in Japan and the US. She began teaching in the Seattle Area, as a principal Aikido instructor at Enso Dojo.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote awareness, understanding, and harmony internally, interpersonally, culturally, ecologically and ideologically.

Enso Center encourages the growth of strong
sustainable communities through the study of
martial arts,nature,languages, literacy,
communication, and fine arts.

Internally

Enso Center focuses on integrating internal arts into daily practice and basic teaching curricula, building positive discipline lifestyles, and providing practical learning experiences. We aspire to balance body and mind through training and development. We aim to hone mental and physical self-discipline, to inspire personal development, to challenge creativity, to promote academic excellence, and increase appreciation of civil society and healthy lifestyles.

Interpersonally

Enso Center developed as a non-profit, non-sectarian, grassroots, educational organization dedicated to building strong, sustainable communities by teaching peacekeeping skills through the study of martial arts, nature, languages, technology, communication, and literacy. We are committed to teaching the art of peace through self-control, self-defense, compassion, respect for all, and conflict resolution. We utilize pro-active, communicative approaches that empower individuals and bind communities together.

Culturally

Enso Center is committed to the support, promotion, documentation, and teaching of living arts, and to the preservation of their common, fundamental lifeline-the "living treasure" of direct teacher to student transmission within a disciplined life. We believe that in order to learn more about peace, nature, community, and the world, one must study, practice, and manifest a commitment to them in daily life. We build new bridges and cross disciplinary connections to create an association of families, artists, students, and teachers dedicated to healthy and safe communities-communities that value human rights, community service, diversity, and pluralism.

Ecologically

Enso Center exists in the larger communities of nature and human societies. We believe in the enhancement and enrichment of these communities through recognizing mutual dependence, building greater understanding, and encouraging meaningful and productive partnership.

Ideologically

Enso Center is devoted to teaching the principles of compassion and peaceful resolution of conflict through artistic disciplines. Our unique educational programs utilize cross-cultural communication and conflict management strategies — emphasizing fun, learning, creativity, and tolerance.

Enso Center extends to all students, regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to its students. We do not discriminate in the administration of educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other athletic or school administered programs.

 

 

Enso Center Board Members

Jason Mix
President &
Director of
Program Development

Sharon Amaral
Vice President


Jessica Bie
Treasurer


Tim Lemke
Secretary

Chuck Daniel
Board Member

Galina Lemke
Board Member

Lucas Mix
Board Member

Susan Mix
Board Member

Brian Jones
Board Member

Enso Center Advisory Board Members

Matt Knapp
Advisory Board Member

Thien Ho
Advisory Board Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also: Bill Mix, Kristen Ho

 

Our Instructors

Jason Mix

 

 

Jason Mix

Master Jason Mix is a founder and instructor at Enso Center for International Arts, a non-profit martial arts and community-building organization in Redmond Washington. He teaches Ki Won Do (Energy Circle Way – an integrated art emphasizing empty hand and weapons practice), Hapkido (Coordinated Energy Way), Shin Shim Do (Mind Body Way - a Korean style of Tai Chi Chuan), Yang Style Tai Chi (Grand Ultimate), and Yoga.

He has trained over 200 black belts. Enso Center has touched the lives of thousands of people and stands out in the martial arts community for its work with a broad range of students including families, seniors, and people with disabilities.

In 1985 Master Jason Mix and his mother, Master Susan Mix, opened a school in Seattle with the help and support of his father, Master Bill Mix, and brother, Master Lucas Mix. This small school became the foundation for a network of schools throughout the Seattle area, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, California, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Virginia, Maryland, Alaska, and Zimbabwe.

A senior student of Grandmaster Kwang Sik Myung of the World Hapkido Federation, Jason has earned the ranks of 7th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido, Shin Shim Do and Ki Won Do, 6th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and 2nd Degree Black Belt in Aikido. He has 25+ years training in the internal arts including Tai Chi and Chi Kung. He has been a professional martial arts instructor for over 30 years and is active in the martial arts community, sharing and training with students and instructors from many styles.

Master Jason Mix was the North American West Coast Regional Director for the World Hapkido Federation from 2010 - 2016.

He was appointed as an instructor of Enso Center in accordance with the provisions of the World Hapkido Federation by Grand Master Kwang Sik Myung in 1999.

Susan Mix

Susan Mix

Master Susan Mix is a founder and instructor at Enso Center for International Arts, a non-profit martial arts and community-building organization in Redmond Washington. She teaches Ki Won Do (Energy Circle Way – an integrated art emphasizing empty hand and weapons practice), Hapkido (Coordinated Energy Way), Shin Shim Do (Mind Body Way - a Korean style of Tai Chi Chuan) and Yang Style Tai Chi (Grand Ultimate).

She has trained over 200 black belts and is known for her exceptional ability to inspire martial artists to become gifted teachers. Enso Center has touched the lives of thousands of people and stands out in the martial arts community for its work with a broad range of students including families, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Due to a congenital condition, she had required muscle transfers to reconstruct both of her knees. Within a few years of studying martial arts, her doctors were amazed by her newfound abilities. Her practice provided new joy and purpose in her life.

In 1985, Master Susan Mix and her oldest son, Master Jason Mix, opened a school in Seattle with the help and support of her husband, Master Bill Mix and younger son, Master Lucas Mix. This small school became the foundation for a network of schools throughout the Seattle area, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, California, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Virginia, Maryland, Alaska, and Zimbabwe.

A senior student of Grandmaster Kwang Sik Myung of the World Hapkido Federation, Susan has earned the ranks of 7th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido, Shin Shim Do and Ki Won Do, 6th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and a 1st Degree Black Belt in Aikido. She has trained extensively in the internal arts, including Tai Chi & Chi Kung. She has been a professional Martial Arts instructor for over 30 years.

She was appointed as an instructor of Enso Center in accordance with the provisions of the World Hapkido Federation by Grand Master Kwang Sik Myung in 1999.

Susan Mix is also a news correspondent for Tae Kwon Do Times magazine.

Bill Mix

Bill Mix

Bill Mix, a retired Social Worker, has devoted his life to training and teaching the martial arts. He has specialized in teaching 'at risk' youth, and children with learning disabilities.

Bill has earned the ranks of 6th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido, 4th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and a 1st Degree Black Belt in Aikido. His personal daily training includes Tai Chi and Chi Kung. Bill is a regular instructor of Hapkido classes at the Enso Center - Redmond location.

Lucas Mix

Lucas Mix

Lucas Mix has been teaching martial arts since 1986. He has studied evolutionary biology (PhD Harvard) and divinity (MDiv, Church Divinity School of the Pacific) and is a priest in the Episcopal Church. He has worked as a pastor and a professor and currently studies theoretical and theological biology at Harvard, focusing on definitions of life.

Lucas has earned a 6th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido, a 5th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do as well as a 1st Degree Black Belt in Aikido. His personal daily training includes Tai Chi and Chi Kung.

Galina Lemke

Galina Lemke

Galina Lemke was born in Vladivostok, Russia and moved to the United States in December 2001.

Galina has a 1st Degree Black Belt in Aikido, a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido. She has also been practicing Tai Chi and Chi Kung for several years. She is a licensed massage therapist. Galina was one of the main instructors in our Tae Kwon Do program at the Enso Center - Redmond location.

Jessica Bie

Jessica Bie

Jessica Bie has been practicing martial arts since 1998. She and her husband Eric (also a Black Belt in Hapkido) have one son, Magnus and one daughter, Elowen. Jessica works part-time as a Systems Analyst.

Jessica has earned a 4th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido and a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Dan Lovitt

Dan Lovitt

Dan Lovitt has been practicing martial arts since 1990. He has been a part of the Enso Center since its inception and has served on the Advisory Board. Dan is an experienced and certified teacher and has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Washington. Dan has co-taught many instructors’ seminars and other courses of interest to the Enso Center community. Dan is one of the principle instructors for Hapkido students at Northshore Networks.

Dan currently has a 4th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido and a 4th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Dan has also studied Tai Chi since 1995.

Beth Lovitt

Beth Lovitt

Beth Lovitt has been a part of Enso Center since its inception. She has served as an Enso Center Advisory Board Member and as Board Secretary. Beth has co-taught instructor seminars on effective teaching methods and learning styles. She is a certified Washington state teacher and is one of the principle instructors for Hapkido students at Northshore Networks.

Beth has earned a 4th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and is a practitioner of Tai Chi.

Rachel Lovitt

Rachel Lovitt

Rachel Lovitt is currently a full time student at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She is an exercise science major with a minor in psychology and has been a student of Hapkido since 1999.

Rachel has a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido and is the main instructor in our Hapkido program at Willamette University.

Alex Anderson

Alex Anderson

Alex Anderson is currently a full time student at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He is a Junior studying psychology and communications.

Alex has a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido and is the one of the main instructors (along with his brother) in our Hapkido program at Western Washington University. Alex has been a student of Hapkido since 2005.

Glenn Anderson

Glenn Anderson

Glenn Anderson is currently a full time student at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He is a Junior studying psychology and communications.

Glenn has a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido and is the one of the main instructors (along with his brother) in our Hapkido program at Western Washington University. Glenn has been a student of Hapkido since 2005.

Hiram Lewis

Hiram Lewis

Hiram Lewis began his teaching career in Seattle, WA, running a successful school in the central district for many years. His personal practice includes Tai Chi, and the visual fine arts.

Hiram has earned a 3rd Degree Black Belts in Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do. Hiram is the main instructor at the Silver City, NM location.

Jay St. Charles

Jay St. Charles

Jay St. Charles teaches the Enso Center Archery Program. Jay has spent his lifetime as a teacher, coach and tackle maker in the broad world of archery, with over 40 years as an archery professional.

 

Tim Lemke

Tim began with archery as a child and has always loved the bow. Since 2008, he’s been working with and learning from Jay St. Charles, a friend and amazing bowyer and archer who he met through Enso Center. Tim is a Level 2 certified archery instructor through USA Archery and has been instructing since late 2013. Tim has been a martial artist with Enso Center since 2000. His dedication to martial arts often times shows through in his classes, where intuitive archery is treated as a martial art and a meditation.

Facility Rental

Please contact us if interested in using the space. All activites must fit within our mission statement (select 'About Us' tab). Times and days are limited due to the ongoing Enso Center programs.

We are interested in adding to our programs, with Yoga, fine arts instruction, asian arts, etc. Please contact us.


Enso Center Headquarters

Our building is nestled amongst the trees on a 12.5 acre plot. It has 2 floors, with the first floor being handicap accessible.

The main (first) floor is comprised of a large matted space, surrounded by seating areas. Any activites performed on the mats must be done without shoes. The ceiling is 12' high, and there are no posts in the room. Two large folding door systems open to a spacious cedar deck of 1250 square feet.


Location and Directions

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The second floor, accessed by stairs, has an 800 square foot fully matted room, with access to the upper wrap around deck.

The second floor also has a large common room with kitchenette, 2 tables, and a 12' long counter area. There is also a designated play/waiting area for children with toys and books.

The second floor is also home to our treatment room, the main Enso Center office, and a conference room.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Below you will find a collection of questions that have been asked about Enso Center and our best answers to them.  This list is not meant to answer all possible questions but only those that are asked most frequently.  We will add to this list of questions and answer them over time.

What types of classes are offered at Enso Center?

Enso Center offers classes in Hapkido, Martial Arts FUNdamentals, Tai Chi and Chi Kung, Weapons, Archery and Yoga.

Special Programs, Healing Arts, Fine Arts and Summer Camps are also available.

Learn more about Hapkido, Martial Arts FUNdamentals, Tai Chi and Chi Kung, Weapons and Special Programs on our Martial Arts page.

Learn more about Archery, Healing Arts, Yoga, Fine Arts and Summer Camps on our Other Arts page.

Can I try a Trial Class?

Yes!

At Enso Center we want to give you a chance to experience our classes, instruction and instructors even before you officially sign up for a particular class.

This means you can attend one trial class of the type you are interested in for FREE.

You will have to fill out a program registration form but we will simply mark it as being for a trial class. If you decide that you are ready to sign up for regular classes we can simply use that program registration form and mark it according to the class you end up choosing.

What are Enso Center’s martial arts instructors’ qualifications?

Details for all instructors can be found on the Our Instructors Tab on the About Enso Page of our website.

Our head instructors have over 25 years experience teaching martial arts.

Jason Mix began teaching as the principal instructor of Enso Center - Redmond in 1986, making Enso Center one of the longest running schools in Redmond.

He is active in the martial arts community, sharing and training with students and instructors from many styles.

Jason and Susan Mix studied Hapkido with Grandmaster Kwang Sik Myung and hold 7th Degree Black Belts from the World Hapkido Federation.

They also both hold 6th Degree Black Belts in Taekwondo from the Korea Yonmookwan Taekwondo Association.

Master Jason Mix has studied Tai Chi for over 20 years, studying with Ying Hong Yang and Lama Padma Yontan Gyatso.

He is also certified as a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Aikido through Hombu Dojo in Japan.

Together, they have taught thousands of students, bringing nearly 200 to the rank of black belt.

What does tuition cost?
Are there any other costs besides tuition?
Are there any contracts?

Enso Center doesn’t believe in and has never had contracts for its programs.

Enso Center Tuition rates are published on the Tuition Page.

Tuition is paid monthly.

There is an annual individual or family administration fee. This fee is tax deductible.
There is a promotion fee for each belt level test. This fee is also tax deductible.

AUTORENEW is Enso Center’s preferred method of payment.

We are strongly encouraging all of our students (or their parents) to use this method when paying for monthly tuition and the annual registration fee. It gives you the best rate and is the most convenient for you and for Enso Center.

You may cancel AUTORENEW at any time by giving notice before your next payment.

Can I pay online?

You can pay online for many Enso Center activities such as workshops, seminars, promotion tests, summer camps and other merchandise. You can also update your account information. For instructions:

MindBodyOnline - How To Pay Online.pdf

Where can I find registration or other forms?

You can find documents to register for all Enso Center programs and for AutoRenew signup and cancellation on the Tuition page.

Are there discounts for families?

At Enso Center, we encourage families to train together. The first person in a family pays the regular tuition. Other additional family members receive a discount. Please see the family member discounts published on the Tuition Page.

Do I have to wait for the beginning of the month to start?

No. You can start at any time. Your tuition will be prorated depending on when in a particular month you start.

Do I need a uniform right away?
Do I have to wear a uniform?
Do you sell uniforms?
How much is a uniform?

No, you don’t need a uniform right away.

You should wear loose, comfortable clothing that you can move freely in. After attending classes regularly for a while and settling in to the training you should then purchase a uniform.

Enso Center does not sell Hapkido Uniforms directly but you can order Hapkido uniforms from the World Hapkido Federation Online Store. Currently you can choose between a Middle Weight and a Heavy Weight Uniform. Either is fine and the Middle Weight Uniform starts at $55.00 USD.

Enso Center does sell Tae Kwon Do Uniforms for $38.00 USD (including tax).

How often do people promote to the next colored belt level?

The length of time between promotions will vary depending on the length of time it takes each student to learn the required curriculum for each level. 

One of the things that we recognize at Enso Center is that people progress at their own speed. Having said that, most people promote on average every two to six months at the lower colored belt levels.

As your rank increases, so do the requirements and expectations and consequently the time between promotion tests will be longer. 

A key factor in the time taken is your diligence in practice and how often you are able to attend class.

How long does it take to get to Black Belt?

See the answer to the previous question on how often people promote as it is relevant. 

A very general answer might be anywhere from 3 – 5 years to reach 1st Dan or 1st Degree Black Belt but this depends on attitude, discipline and attendance. 

At Enso Center, we like to focus on learning correct technique at all levels. 

The 1st Dan Black Belt is an important milestone in your journey within martial arts but it is also only just a milestone.

How do I transfer my rank from another school to Enso Center?

At Enso Center we typically honor your existing rank from another school in the same martial arts. But we also expect you to learn our curriculum some of which will be very familiar because of your previous training. You should talk to Master Jason Mix about this when you join Enso Center.

Do you have kids only classes?

No. We do not have kids only classes. At Enso Center adults and kids train together. This allows and encourages you to train with partners of various sizes and abilities and is a very fun training environment especially for families that want to train together.

What are the minimum and maximum ages to participate in the programs offered at Enso Center?

Hapkido is open to ages 6 through Adult.
Martial Arts Fundamentals is open to ages 6 through Adult.
Tai Chi is open to ages 12 through Adult.
Archery is open to ages 13 through Adult.
(Children aged 8 - 12 may attend Archery WITH SPECIAL PERMISSION of the Instructor providing that they attend with a parent. BOTH PARENT AND CHILD MUST BE REGISTERED FOR ARCHERY)
Yoga is open to ages 10 through Adult.

Are there tournaments I have to participate in?

No. There are no tournaments that you must participate in. Enso Center runs a fun Enso Games event once or twice per year with many different activities to participate in but this is different than most traditional tournaments. Attendance at Enso Games is not mandatory but it is FUN!

Is it dangerous to practice martial arts?
Do you use martial arts pads or other body armor?

There is always some risk of being hurt in practicing martial arts. At Enso Center we train with safety as our primary emphasis while focusing on effective, correct technique. Only "tag" style sparring is used at Enso Center.

We do not use martial arts pads or body armor because of the way we practice.

How can I be notified about or check on Upcoming Events, Center Closures and other Enso Center updates of interest?

All Upcoming Events, Center Closures and other Enso Center updates are published on the main page of our website.

You can also be notified of these updates by liking or following us on Facebook. To be notified you will need to do the following:

Go to the Enso Center Facebook Page

Click Following (near the top of the page).
Click the Pencil Icon next to Notifications.
Adjust your Notification Settings then click Done.
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