The other day I received a very sweet note from Michele Frizzell, a Mah Jongg teacher in Atlanta. She told me about a great venue for a talk and book signing once our Mah Jongg book comes out. I so appreciate her thoughtfulness and I thought those of you in Georgia might want to know more about her. So, here is some information on a great Mah Jongg teacher in the South!


I love this picture of Michele and the “bling” on the sign behind her is fabulous! Read on for specific information on all that Michele has to offer…


Michele’s website is

and her slogan is Learn Fast. Play Hard. (I love this!)

Michele Frizzell has a passion for Mahjong!  As a child Michele watched her Filipino grandfather play Mahjong with his friends and it always mystified her. In ‘73 Michele’s mother, Carolyn, learned how to play Wright-Patterson style at the McChord Air Force Base Officer’s Wives Club. Carolyn taught Michele how to play the game so she could practice at home – playing Mahjong bonded them together immediately. Like many mother-daughter relationships, there were times when they didn’t see eye-to-eye but playing Mahjong always brought them close. Carolyn became an avid player and led several Mahjong groups. On occasion Michele would play with Carolyn and her friends – these have become some of Michele’s most cherished memories. Carolyn passed away from cancer in 2004 and that was the pivotal moment when Michele began her mission to share the joys of Mahjong with others in honor of her mother.

Through the years Michele has become an advanced player of several styles…

Cantonese Fast and flexible
Japanese Tactical
National Mah Jongg League Complex
Wright-Patterson Nostalgic
International Competition Stimulating

What makes Michele unique is that she teaches all of these styles as well. She has designed comprehensive player references and has developed tried-and-true teaching methods that have shortened the learning curve significantly for most players. Anyone who has learned to play Mahjong from Michele speaks highly of her creative approach to learning and great patience as a teacher.

Michele currently offers lessons through the Greater Atlanta Mahjong meetup, Georgia Pierce Park, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Peachtree Presbyterian Church and the City of Roswell Parks and Recreation program.

Pick a styletake a lesson and let Michele demystify the captivating game of Mahjong so you can play too!

Lots of people have benefitted from having Michele as a teacher and here are some testimonials attesting to her skill, knowledge, and patience:

If you are fortunate enough to live in the Atlanta area, and you want to learn how to play our beloved game, call or email Michele – you’ll be happy you did! And I must add that in addition to all of her Mah Jongg skills, Michele is also very creative:



  1. Nancy Nortz

    Interesting that Michelle learned WP method first! I did too while living in Brussels. On to NMJL, then Japanese, Chinese, but back to NMJL, since that seems to be the easiest game to find. My personal favorite is Japanese😻


    1. mahjonggandme Post author

      I find it so interesting – and surprising – that many people know many different ways to play the game – I don’t know how to play the Japanese way but would love to hear more about it. Also interesting to learn that you find NMJL the easiest to play. Some people have said that they find it the most challenging! In a future post I will ask which method people use to play the game – thanks for this message!
      Ann xxo


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