Be part of our story and mission to help every woman transform her pain, trauma and tragedy into stories of hope, strength and courage—a sisterhood.
Kathy & Zuza
Rise Up, Girl!
You are a PUMA.
We are sisters at heart and Qigong instructors, united by our passion to support women’s health and healing.
We first met through our mutual love for martial arts at the very first international summer camp of Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) in Hungary 2000—Kathy (USA) and Zuza (Poland).
A sister is someone
who listens when you talk, laughs when you laugh, and holds your hand when you cry…
We instantly connected upon meeting. We were so impressed and inspired by each other’s talents, enthusiasm and dedication. After meeting each other again at a few of the following summer camps in Europe, we developed a close friendship.
As we went on to pursue our individual studies, Kathy in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Zuza in Law, we lost touch for awhile. During this time, we went through our own personal hardships and worked a lot on our own self-development, health and healing.
If you’re alwaysMAYA ANGELOU
trying to be normal,
you will never know
how amazing you can be.
Let your smileCONNOR FRANTA
change the world,
but don’t let the world
change your smile.
We eventually reconnected in October 2017 by a chance meeting in Portugal. Catching up after 11 years apart, we were deeply moved by each other’s life stories. During our talk at the Sanctuary of Fátima, we were inspired to start a project together to help other women with similar struggles and need of healing.
The best thingAUDREY HEPBURN
to hold onto in life
is each other.
Our goals and purpose for this project were further fueled and inspired by the many stories we heard from different women along our life path.
Among others, it is worth to mention: the Me Too movement; stories of breast and ovarian cancer survivors; inspiring women with disabilities who run marathons and climb the highest mountains; our own strong mothers; women who have successfully overcome their eating disorders; women who have experienced mental or physical abuse and violence; as well as many women who have felt lost, sad or hopeless.
What defines usZIG ZIGLAR
is how well we rise
after we fall.
All these compelling stories grew into our main focus and motivation—ultimately, leading us to create our women-focused Qigong programs for healing and harmonizing the body and mind.
I don’t claim to have found the truth, butSARA GROVES
I know it has found me.
When I let go of what I am,LAO TZU
what I might be.
After more than two years of researching and collecting ideas, plus teaching, and also pursuing professional studies in therapeutic Qigong, our project took shape at last in January 2020.
We teamed up to start the KZ Qigong project with the mission to empower women of all ages in need of personal healing with therapeutic Qigong exercises.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.MARK TWAIN
Looking afterANNE WILSON SCHAEF
my health today
gives me a better
hope for tomorrow.
There is nothing strongerHANNAH GADSBY
than a broken woman
who has rebuilt herself.
We are dedicated to help every woman transform her pain, trauma and tragedy into stories of hope, strength and courage. We have overcome a lot—and we believe you can, too.
The journey ofLAO TZU
a thousand miles
a single step.
Take this step with us on this amazing journey and be part of our story and sisterhood.
Rise above the stormMARIO FERNANDEZ
and you will find
We invite you to follow our blog; join our Qigong for Her workshops; and participate in our discussions on women’s health, well-being and healing—Rise Up, Girl!
We bring our specialties as well as our compassion and personal life experiences
to design programs that will help you to renew, release and revitalize.
Cultivate Your Body’s Energy
Increase your inner strength and the quality and quantity of your Qi (energy) flow with proper breathing and simple exercises for a stronger mind-body connection.
Relax and Reduce Your Stress
Develop a calm, focused mind and raise your sense of awareness and right boundaries with soft but strong movements originally created for self-defense.
Heal Your Emotions Naturally
Heal your body and emotions naturally with acupressure, meridian health, and food as medicine to promote circulation & release tension and blockages.