I strive to continue learning and growing, seeking the sublime in each moment. My passion is to share my art and inspire my students to cultivate authentic skills, discover their inner-power and connect with their essential vitality, thereby enhancing their health, confidence, awareness and well-being.
Chivalry is my way of life. My immersive path in the martial arts began in 1982 – starting with Judo, continuing with Aikido and other styles to my core training in Xingyiquan, Taijiquan — and my specialty, BaguaZhang (“8 Trigrams Palm”) . I am a 5th generation disciple of Cheng style Bagua Zhang, and my primary focus in teaching is to pass this art on to the next generation.
As my instructors included Chinese medicine in their curriculum, I view Healthcare & Martial Arts as flip sides of the same coin, and believe that martial arts is a Fourfold Path: Warrior, Scholar, Sage, Healer.
Martial Arts is more than just a hobby or sport, it is a holistic lifestyle that tempers the body, mind and spirit of the practitioner.
I have enjoyed teaching martial arts to children and adults since 1991, with thorough, hands on detail, emphasizing courtesy and ethics, the rich culture and heritage that spawned these arts, and cultivating authentic skills with each of my students to improve their overall health and empowerment.
Available for workshops, private lessons and online training Worldwide
Available for workshops, private lessons and online training on
My Bodywork Style: my goal is to connect with each client’s particular needs to help support your process of healing and relaxation.
My approach and modalities of practice integrates a seamless flow of Myofascial Release, Swedish Massage, Lomi-Lomi, Tui-Na, Deep-Tissue, Thai and Sports Massage, so that I can help release deeper tension and pain in a way that feels both soothing and rejuvenating.
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“Dennis Mace is one of the top martial arts instructors in Seattle. If you are looking to gain realistic combat skills (both standing and on the ground), internal power, and a more healthy lifestyle then this is the man you need to learn from.” — Thomas Fox, US Navy
“Dennis Mace is one of the finest practitioners of Bagua Zhang in the Seattle area. His technique and teaching prove his passion for the art. Giving real life insight and methodology… Dennis Mace has given me invaluable techniques for improving both my mind and body. I highly recommend this class.” — Wilho Heikkinen, Ex US Navy
“I booked a couple of private lessons with Dennis, since I practice Cheng style Baguazhang, and heard he was good. I was most definitely impressed with every single aspect of the lessons! First of all he customized them for me in particular at my current level of training, and he also took a couple of injuries I have in mind. He gave me specific exercises to help my injuries heal well, as well as to increase flexibility where it is needed. What I enjoyed most about Dennis’ lessons is that he taught principals, not just application after application, but more about why you are doing each one, and what you are searching for with your body and breath when doing them. I was amazed at how much information he has about Cheng Bagua, and could tell we were only touching the tip of the iceberg. Dennis also helped me improve my circle walking, as well as added some things to my fuju gonfa. I can safely say that Dennis gave me 3-6 months of stuff to work on. Fortunately I took notes ;). The lessons were a mixture of bringing what I already knew deeper, as well as introducing some new concepts. I will most definitely be returning for a lesson everytime I am in Seattle!” — Athena Wallinder
“As someone who has practiced a range of martial arts for 30 years, I have to say Mr Mace is a top notch instructor. He is extraordinarily knowledgeable and, more importantly, is able to convey that knowledge effectively.” — Michael Hasse
“Dear Energy Workers, Our Bagua Zhang, introductory workshop was a huge success. We did theory and warm-ups At the Healing Arts Center then practiced our newly learned skills outside in the village gardens. It was so much fun, I forgot to take pictures! We plan to hold many more of these workshops & classes. Bagua Zhang is rooted in Taoism, Chinese Yoga and martial arts. It helps you to increase and work with energy, become more rooted, and build self-confidence, through spiral movement. Dennis Mace, LMP and Martial Arts Instructor offers “Highly effective training for real-life situations.” He has studied many martial art forms. However, His core training is in Xingyiquan, Taijiquan, and Bagua Zhang. Dennis is committed to empowering and cultivating authentic skills in each of his students while improving their overall health. His classes are prefect for all ages. ” — Nancy Merrifield, RN, Reiki Master Teacher, Life Solutions Healing Arts Center
“I had heard great things about Dennis for years before actually meeting him, and last Fall when we finally connected I can testify that it was all true! He is a very knowledgeable martial artist and his depth and breadth of information about the internal arts is spectacular. I attended a Bagua workshop with him this month and walked away with a lot of ideas of how to make my martial arts training better. In particular, I got to experience “sticky body” in a very thought provoking way that will improve my training, and I learned some things about how the hips can open and close to improve power generation. I highly encourage folks to train with Dennis, you won’t be disappointed!” — Daniel Cashman, EAMP, MS(AOM), NCCAOM Dipl. Ac, General Manager Seattle Asian Medicine and Martial Arts
“After 2 years Karate, 2 years TaiChi/Qigong, 2 years BoaBom/SeammJasani, yet in 8 months of Bagua Zhang, I feel I’ve learned more than I did in those 6 years. This is for 3 reasons from my perspective:
a.) I’ve practiced so many years of yoga and advanced training that I’ve received both in yoga and Massage therapy that have made more intuitive/open to learning movement arts. In other words, I’m more “receiving” than in my previous early adulthood.
b.) Those 6 years of martial arts total was too focused on “Forms” We were pushed to memorize steps/movements/dances with very little practice of application or explanation of how to utilize them, let alone even what was supposed to be going on internally. There were always excuses on why our questions were not be answered, with false promises of “later later later”
c.) You! You’re teaching method is friendly, understanding and giving. You’re enthusiasm shines through. You emphasize the importance of knowing the how/why and not getting hung up on the fluffy image stuff. In some ways you are an evolution of modern teaching that’s effective and not stuck in an outdated model of delivery.
“Today was a very good day. Martial arts all day! I had my first workshop in using the staff with Dennis P. Mace of Mace Martial Arts and held at Seattle Asian medicine and martial arts (SAMMA) in Lake city. I’m looking forward to more training with the staff and any of the weapons classes he will have in the future . It’s an exciting addition to my weekly Bagua Zhang classes. If ever you were interested in Martial arts check Dennis and SAMMA out. They have amazing instructors , and Healing arts. This has long been an interest of mine and now a big part of my life. Your never too old to follow your dreams, you just have to start :)” — Erica Keshvadian, Illustrator and Graphic Artist
“I have had around 17 different instructors over the past 50 years including being a private student of Wu Mui Pai head of system Grandmaster Wai Ming Chow; Bok Shaolin Eagle Claw head of system Grandmaster Fu Leung and a student of Tai Chi Praying Master Huy “The Dragon” Chiang to name a few. In the past few weeks I have learned more applications than I had learned in all those other schools put together! Dennis has very deep knowledge of martial arts and he has the ability to actually use and teach it. In most schools all you will ever see is some type of kickboxing as soon as they go to fight, even a well known Tiger Claw school in New York does this. The style taught here is Cheng style Bagua which is based off of Chinese wrestling and has a whole bunch of Dragon thrown in for good measure. Tons of throws; joint locks and wicked strikes. If you like Japanese styles like judo; Jiu Jitsu and Aikido you will LOVE Cheng Bagua. Dennis is also a great guy and there is zero attitude in this school. I came in with two herniated disks, bone spurs and spinal stenosis and in just a few weeks my pain is almost gone! Come here for expert Kung Fu instructon; physical therapy; stress relief; longevity exercises and the list goes on forever. Can’t say enough good things!” — Chris Perkins, retired US Navy
I have had several massage appointments with Dennis at his previous location – this was my first at the new location in Queen Anne. The new location is 10 times better – and much bigger!
Dennis is excellent, very calm but at the same time very intense. He has a short
consultation with you before the massage to find out what your goals are and why you came to see him.
I have lots of tension in my back and neck from playing music, which becomes a problem if I don’t have a massage once a month. I’ve even had to see a chiropractor before because the tension in my back caused a rib to be dislocated!
This appointment was by far the best, because it was 1 1/2 hour appointment, as opposed to my normal 1 hour session. The extra 1/2 hour really allowed the time necessary to fully address the tension in my back and neck. I would recommend 1 1/2 hours or 2 hours instead of just 1 hr.
I have seen Dennis for 60 and 90 minute massages, and he’s worth every star. What I like most about Dennis is that he takes the time to talk with you before AND after your appointment about why you’re seeking treatment, what you’d like him to focus on, and excellent recommendations on post-massage treatment. He’s a fantastic listener, and clearly takes the time to make sure he’s understood what you’ve said. He’s patient and answers questions without every seeming impatient or condescending. I really like his calm and tranquil attitude.
The first time I got a massage with him, I honestly felt giddy afterward. During the second massage, I was distracted by the street noises in his new location, but I hear he’s moving to an even newer place which is located farther from the street.
Dennis is one of those people that I don’t even want to recommend on Yelp, so that his schedule remains more free for ME! But I appreciate his hard work and great knowledge and hope his business will continue to grow.
Dennis is unbelievable! He’s calm, centered, and has an uncanny ability to zero in on -and fix! – all of my (sadly, quite numerous) sore spots.
After years of living with a shoulder injury that left me in constant pain, Dennis didn’t just get the spasms out–he gave me stretches and exercises so I could release and strengthen it on my own as well. I’d been to doctors, physical therapists, other massage therapists, and a chiropractor, and none of them did as much good as Dennis. I don’t know if it’s the martial arts training or what, but frankly, I don’t care. Oh, and did I mention I have really tight IT bands? He’s helped fix that, too!
Alright, alright–I admit that I routinely wreck his good work…I’m a bit of stress-holder, and I regularly ignore intelligent recommendations from much smarter people than I to be nicer to myself, but I know Dennis will be there to work it back out. Baby steps, right?
So if you need a massage, DO NOT waste your hard-earned money on anyone else.
Schedule with Dennis RIGHT NOW. You’ll be glad you did!
Mill Creek, WA
Dennis is extremely knowledgeable and more importantly passionate about what he does.
He truly cares about his clients overall health. With his years of background in martial arts, he offers a unique prospective when you see him for his massage sessions. If you need a massage from a true professional, you need to contact Vajra Visions.
Dennis is an amazing massage therapist and martial artist as well. The latter informs and deepens the former in amazing ways. He has a deep intuition and skill that is rarely rivaled! As a veteran massage therapist myself, and also a black belt and former instructor, I can say from a place of authority that Dennis is one of the finest practitioners of both arts that I have ever come across! 3 thumbs up! (that’s a little ninja trick…)
Finally came back for my second massage and can reaffirm my earlier five star review. If I could give a sixth star, I would. I came in filled with weeks of stress and tension and left feeling like a hundred pounds had been lifted from my shoulders. Rumor has it that they are moving to a new location and will be offering more holistic wellness services in the very near future. Lucky us, Seattle!
The price point is spot on for the services you receive. My 90 minute session was $100 with Dennis and worth every nickel. I would recommend Sunrise Bodywork to my friends and would never go anywhere else.
1 Previous Review: *****
Came in for a 90 minute massage with Dennis, who was highly skilled, calming,
and very intuitive. All of the five star reviews are absolutely true!
Dennis is amazing! I was told by my chiropractor to get a massage every month, after he fixed a very painful displaced rib. I had never been to a chiropractor, but felt it was necessary to fix the pain and tension in my back. I went to Yelp and chose the people with the highest ratings – they were right!
I have gotten several massages in the past, but this was the best. Finally, a message “therapist” who helps you as a patient, with specific goals, not a generic “rub down” like you would get at a salon/spa hahaha. I didn’t need to tell him where my muscles were tight, he could tell on his own – very intuitive. He fixed the tension responsible for my rib being pulled out of place.
Also, Dennis is extremely professional and soft-spoken, making the experience relaxing and therapeutic. Sunrise Bodywork has the professionalism and attention to detail of a doctor’s office, with the relaxing atmosphere of a spa – exactly what I wanted. I will be back for sure.
New York, NY
The best deep-tissue, therapeutic massage I’ve had here in Seattle. I’ve seen both Drew and Dennis–both are incredibly knowledgeable and in-tune w/what’s going on with your body. Scheduling was easy and the massage was awesome. This is definitely my go-to place for massage from now on.
Two thumbs up for Dennis…hands down, the best message I’ve had…ever.
I was experiencing some back pain and required some work before my flight overseas.
That morning, I was moving furniture and injured my back. I’m in the military, I need messages on a biweekly basis for the work that I do anyways, but my back was causing me a significant amount of pain. I arranged a session with Dennis, and I must say…it was AMAZING! We spent an hour and a half together for the actual message, collaborating together (since this was our first session, (I gave him feedback as to ensure that I was getting exactly what I needed). You can feel the energy flow through his hands, as he uses his talents from several techniques.
The endstate is that I feel amazing. I felt alive and rejuvenated, due to the unique stretching exercises we performed. I could feel the blood circulation flowing throughout places that were dormant prior to the message. And the back pain? What back pain? It was gone…I woke up the next morning just to see if it would return-and this was not the case. Although I was very impressed with my message, I intentionally waited until the next day before I posted this review.
Dennis has a introductory YELP special for $75 for an hour and a half ($75 for 90 minutes!), this will last until he builds up his regular clientele (Drew is a bit more, but not by much). Very affordable (the intro to Dennis YELP special is actually $50 for an hour with Dennis, but they allowed me to get 30 minutes more for $15!!!). Drew changed my appointment 3 times, as a result of my ever changing schedule (I am certain that as a result of this acrobatic fiasco, they must have lost some appointments along the way). He was super accommodating and friendly, doing everything he could to ensure I got an appointment before I flew.
SBW simply is the BEST place to get a message. Look at the prices alone, a lot less expensive than other places that (I guarantee, regardless of how ‘high end’ they are) I have been to. Look around, and you will see that the prices can’t be beat. This message simply doesn’t make you ‘feel good” as so many places do, but don’t provide the results your looking for. Far too many places provide message, but it’s simply touch and relaxation (some things may actually help, but not everything). Get your moneys worth, get the therapy you deserve.
This IS therapeutic, this IS health and wellness…it’s YOUR body. You know the
difference between spoiling yourself vs therapy. Don’t sell yourself short on this one, you’ll be very pleased with the result.
The business is in the small, quaint area of Maple Leaf Book, with plenty of street parking (very accessible from the freeway). Book your appointment now, as they are the in works of expansion (which is a work in planning progress, planning phase).
There is a reason that SBW has 5 star reviews, go…and you too will be posting the same rating!
Another noteworthy mention: As I fidgeted around for my card for some time, Dennis asked me if I would like to take care of it via Paypal…after I left. The level of trust that SBW has for their customers really impressed (and shocked) me at the same time. I don’t another business would allow anyone to do the same.
Thank you Dennis and Drew for an amazing experience, I will be be back!
I have had many a massage in various cities and countries. But, Dennis is at the top of my list and, I suspect, will remain there. I booked an appointment with Dennis (online and super easy) a few days before Christmas so I could dial myself down a notch before dealing with the holidays. Dennis has the hands of a powerful angel and a soothing energy that allowed me to relax and enjoy his transformative massage. I came to him a gnarly ball of stress and back pain and left with no pain, calmer and with the feeling that I could survive the holidays with my wild kids and over-involved mother. I will most definitely go back to Dennis the next time I am in Seattle and strongly suggest that those who live in the glorious Pacific Northwest check him out. You will not be disappointed!
Dennis Mace is wonderful!!! After visiting about 9 different Seattle massage therapists I finally found a favorite. I plan on returning for more of the relaxed body, massage bliss that I love.
1/16/2012 Purchased a Yelp Deal
I just relocated to Seattle, and was feeling a lot of physical and emotional tension after my move. I relied on Yelp for reviews to find a good massage, and I was not disappointed when I choose Sunrise Bodywork. The massage I received from Dennis was just what I needed; it left me feeling calm, soothed, and in a beautiful state of relaxation. Highly recommended.
Oip T. Athena Wallinder
Vancouver, BC Canada
Dennis Mace is an excellent massage therapist who actually gets the sore spots, even the deep ones! He also even presses hard enough (most don’t) but not too hard that you are in pain. I have been to many massage places over the years and am honestly quite dissatisfied with most of them. Dennis also has a good knowledge of injuries which I’m quite grateful for. He can work on an injured area and relieve the pain, without making things worse. Highly recommended.
2/20/2012 Purchased a Yelp Deal
Well my search for a massage therapist is over! After going to many different massage therapists I found Dennis Mace. He has been the first to really work out my knots, and I have quite a bit of them. Dennis was very professional, answered all my questions, gave me post treatment suggestions and an extra half hour on my massage, which was much needed. I’ve never left feeling so relaxed. Definitely coming back! Dennis works hard to ensure his clients leave satisfied. The massage was so good, I had to post a review.
Menlo Park, CA
Can I give 6 stars??
Just got back from a massage with Dennis. It was my first massage ever, so I wasn’t entire sure what to expect…. and I think I’m a little obsessed. I’d go back every day if I could!! Dennis was extremely mellow, calming, and professional in his demeanor, and simultaneously powerful and gentle in his massage. I had told him that I felt like my neck and shoulders needed some attention, but he intuitively found all the tender spots without me having to say a word and gradually worked them out. I felt like a puddle when it was over… still do!
Before I left, he also took the time to talk to me about dealing with any soreness, drinking plenty of water to flush out the toxins that were released, etc. Very thoughtful and thorough!
Lastly, the price just can’t be beat… My 90 minute massage was just $75, thanks to his introductory special. Amazing!!
Dennis is great. The massage was focused, directed, and caring. Highly recommended.
I have had a lot of massages but have no second thoughts about saying Dennis is the best
masseuse EVER. I came in a mass of knots with injuries,pain and stiffness and left w.greater range of motion and much less pain. He really tries to understand what is the cause of your problems and wants you to feel better all the time-not just right after your massage. His massage is very effective but not painful like some people feel it has to be to get “results”. I would highly recommend Dennis to anyone.
I saw Dennis for an appointment a few weeks ago, and he is great!
As a martial artist, I appreciate knowing the fact that he is a long time martial art
practitioner and instructor as well as a massage therapist. So when I went to visit him with a nagging ache from an injury, I knew I would be in good hands.
Dennis has a great demeanor – very calming, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly.
He even spent a few minutes at the end of the session to suggest some stretches for me to
I highly recommend Dennis, and will visit him again in the future!
Dennis Mace – Martial Arts Background and Training
Cheng style Bagua Zhang (程式八卦掌) instructor Dennis Mace has been passionately involved in martial arts since 1983, when at the age of 13, he started training in Judo and Jujutsu in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska under Sensei Delo Lee. Dr Lee’s enthusiasm and humorous teaching style, balanced with the subtle strategies and practical, hands-on approach at the core of Judo, left an indelible impression on Dennis’s life in the martial arts.
In 1985, Dennis heard about a new Chinese Martial Arts school in town, and immediately enrolled at the “Omaha Kung-Fu Institute”. There, Dennis enjoyed the rigorous training, family atmosphere, and structured curriculum of Sifu Phillip Starr’s classes, where he was introduced to Shaolin-Baixing Quan, Xing Yi Quan,Taiji Quan and Bagua Zhang, all taught progressively within the framework of Yi Li Quan, 一 理 拳 “One Principle Boxing”, the brilliantly cohesive martial art founded by Sifu Starr. Eventually, Dennis earned Black Sash rank in Yi Li Quan, and values the practical strategies and powerful simplicity of this art.
In 1992, Dennis moved to Melbourne/Palm Bay, Florida, where he was introduced to Aikido under Sensei Grady Lane. After returning to Omaha in 1994, Dennis continued both Yili Quan with Sifu Starr, and Aikido training with Sensei Ron Christenham, with the encouragement of Sifu Starr, who recognized the similarities between Bagua Zhang and Aikido.
Seeking to further his education and a new career, Dennis moved to Seattle in 1999. Shortly after surveying the martial arts scene, Dennis felt blessed to find Cheng styleBagua Zhang (程式八卦掌) Shifu Yang, Guo Tai (Born July 1928 – Deceased November 2012) in Vancouver, BC. Yang, Guo Tai had learned from Xu Zhen Biao, who was a student of Liu Shi Kui (Liu Bin’s son) and Wang Wen Kui, one of Liu Bin’s top students, who in turn was one of Cheng Ting Hua’s first disciples. Dennis became a devoted disciple, commuting regularly to Vancouver to continue his training with Yang Shifu, and Yang Shifu’s senior student, David Meikle.
While in Seattle, Dennis also briefly studied Cheng shi Bagua Zhang with Zhang Jie, and principles of applications and partner drills with Dave Harris (1939-2008), from 2002-2004.
Dennis is committed to the preservation and promotion of authentic, practical martial arts. In November 2002, he established the Cheng shi Bagua Zhang Hui (程式八卦掌會Cheng style Bagua Zhang Association Yahoo Group ) online to build a community between practitioners of Cheng Ting Hua’s Bagua Zhang, in an effort to compare and preserve the art through coordinating shared training. Dennis created this outreach in the spirit of Cheng Ting Hua, who openly accepted several expert students and exchanged training with them as well.
Yang Shifu encouraged Dennis to start teaching Cheng shi Bagua Zhang in Seattle in 2003, and Dennis brought Yang Shifu to conduct 2 seminars to the United States, first in Omaha, NE in 2002, and later in Seattle, WA in 2004.
Later in 2004, Dennis moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, where he taught English and Martial Arts, before returning to Seattle in 2006. While residing in Indonesia, Dennis befriended and briefly trained with the inspiring Aikido Sensei Imanul Hakim, founder of Aiki Kenkyukai.
Dennis is also First Aid and CPR Certified, and a became a Licensed Massage Therapist between 2010-2015, specializing in Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, and Injury Treatment. Viewing Health care and martial arts as flip sides of the same coin, he believes that a complete martial artist follows a Fourfold Path: that of aWarrior, Scholar, Sage, and Healer. Becoming a professional healthcare provider was a rewarding step in fulfilling this Fourfold Cycle.
Dennis has enjoyed teaching martial arts to children and adults since 1991. He teaches with thorough, hands on detail, emphasizes courtesy and ethics, as well as the rich cultural heritage of these arts, and is committed to cultivating authentic skills in each of his students to improve their overall health and empowerment.
Dennis Mace is available for combat oriented Bagua Zhang and self defense workshops and welcomes all inquiries.
Please contact Shifu Dennis Mace via email: email@example.com to Schedule your free introductory 30 minute private lesson so he can customize your training needs here at Mace Martial Arts ~ The Other MMA!
At Mace Martial Arts, we value the sanctity of all life, celebrate diversity, cultivate peace and justice, and accept students who are interested in learning how to improve and protect themselves. We have a zero-tolerance policy for bigotry and will reject any potential or current student who bullies or discriminates against others based on ethnicity, religious beliefs, or gender/orientation.