David Wei is a 16th generation lineage inheritor of the Wudang Zhang San Feng "Life Nourishment" Sect. He is the founder of Wudang West, a non-profit wellness ministry based in Oakland CA, and he is the current Taiji and Tui Na professor at the Academy of Chinese Cultural Health Sciences (ACCHS), Oakland's premier Chinese Medicine academy. Prior to completing 11,000 hours of formal training in Wudang, China under Taoist Master Yuan Xu Gang, David was a 5-year Shaolin student of the late Grandmaster Y.C. Chiang at Wen Wu School. It is through this blessed connection that David found his way to the Guang Ping Yang TC Association.
David Chosid has been practicing taijiquan and qigong for over 20 years and the martial arts for 30. He specializes in Guang Ping Yang style, and is a 7th generation practitioner who studied with Sifu Diane Rabinowitz (Y.C. Chiang) and Sifu Randy Elia (Peter Kwok). David is the founder of Yulong Tai Chi Chuan in Dartmouth MA. In addition, he trains with the South Coast Tai Chi School in Baguazhang, Chen taijiquan, Long Fist, Piqua, Baji and additional weapons. David has served as a Board Member of the GPYTCA for 3 years."I feel very honored to be a board member of the GPYTCA and to be asked to present at this year's conference. I began studying taiji to soften my hard tendencies and I think that this nature is revealed in my teaching style."
FuTung Cheng. After over 40 years teaching Tai Chi and related martial arts (strictly as an amateur), I am happy to report that I am more enthused than ever to have the opportunity to contribute to the understanding and quality of our Guang Ping Form. Truly embodying even a glimmer of the richness and endless reservoir of new insights underlying Tai Chi Chuan takes patience. When those glimmers finally come, how can one not be ecstatic? Because the insights are so tied in to the ultimate unity of form and function, the teaching becomes clearer as well. Suddenly everything is in focus. The absolute precision of the form reveals itself with every move, and from a martial perspective, it actually works! All the exhortations from Master Chiang over all those years together suddenly make sense. Leading us around with his form and his insistence on precise positioning was simply a semi futile effort to make the blind see. But, in due time, the practice and good coaching are better than a seeing-eye dog. They are the fundamental tools to remove cataracts from perfectly healthy eyes without surgery. I hope to use the form, as taught by Y.C. that I followed and emulated for over 30 years, to apply as much skill as possible in communicating, cajoling, and coaching your way to your own discovery and insight into the practice and ultimately, your enjoyment of Tai Chi.
Dr. Erlene Chiang has been a Board Certified acupuncture doctor and herbalist for more than 30 years. She has a private practice at the Chung Hua Clinic of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in El Cerrito CA where she specializes in the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases. She was awarded the Best Asian Herbalist in 2004 by East Bay Express. Dr. Chiang is an adjunct professor at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at CIIS. She is an advanced qigong instructor and the Senior Administrative Director at Wen Wu School of Martial Arts. She serves on the Board of Directors and co-founder of the Fountain Project Foundation which provides free medical treatment to the underprivileged and those with low income
Nick D’Antoni studied Shodokan Karate and Judo with Sensei Cliff Tickel from 1966 until 1970. Over the years he continued to actively explore other physical and mental disciplines, including boxing, yoga, and meditation practices. In 1993, he discovered a “perfect fit” in taijiquan, which he has practiced and studied intensively since then. Nick has had the good fortune to benefit from studying with many outstanding teachers such as Masters Y. C. Chiang and Henry Look, Fu-Tung Cheng, Master William C.C. Chen, JoAnna Schoon, Valarie Prince Gabel, Rick Barrett and Anthony N.J. Ho. He is a Founding Board Member and Past-President of the GPYTCA, and is the longest serving member of the Board of Directors. In 1999 Nick moved to Walla Walla, WA, where he repairs and restores musical instruments, and where, in honor of their Guang Ping lineage and with the permission of Master Y.C. Chiang, he and Lynn Sharp opened the Walla Walla Wen Wu School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan to continue in the tradition.
Randy Elia has been studying Chinese martial arts for more than 40 years. He is the senior disciple of Grandmaster Peter Kwok, who began learning the secrets of the Shaolin monks at age 7 when he was living in China and subsequently spent 32 years learning their secret health methods. Randy also studied with Y.C. Chiang, Y.C. Wong, Adam Hsu, Lu De Xiu, Gao Xian, and Yang Fu Kui. He specializes in Northern Shaolin Chuan, Chin Na, Taijiquan, Baguazhang, and Xingyiquan and has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, in addition to being a licensed massage therapist. He has been on national television, and is the author of a book entitled "Ancient Healing Teachings of the East." Randy was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2004 and was a past President of the Guang Ping Yang T’ai Chi Association. He owns and operates Peter Kwok's Kung Fu Academy in Westwood, New Jersey where he teaches the original authentic styles of Kung Fu.
JoAnna Gee Schoon began learning Taijiquan over 40 years ago under a Senior student of Y.C. Chiang. Her training includes several styles of taiji and qigong, weapons, 2-person taiji set, Fan Boxing and Push Hands. She became a direct student of the late Grandmaster YC Chiang in the 1990’s and received his permission to teach. JoAnna started practicing Dayan “Wild Goose” Qigong 18 years ago and became a direct student of Grandmaster Hui Liu in 2004. JoAnna is a Certified Teacher of Dayan Qigong and Pai Da Gong from Wen Wu School, and a Lifetime Certified Teacher from the GPYTCA. She is a Charter Member of the GPYTCA and has served on the Board of Directors for one year. A former USWSKF National Champion and gold medalist, she also served as an ICMAC tournament judge. JoAnna has a Master’s degree in Bioengineering and worked in medical technology product development for 15 years. She was Emeritus Teacher of the Year in 2014-15 at Irvine Valley College
Valarie Prince Gabel is founder and director of the Kuang Ping School of Tai Chi, established in 1991. She has been teaching for more than three decades, beginning in 1982 with the Fire Breathing Dragon School in Southern California. She is a National Advisor and Charter Member of the GPYTCA and served as Membership Coordinator for 2 years. Valarie is currently the Treasurer and serves on the Teacher’s Certification Committee. She is dedicated to preserving our Association in keeping with our Mission and Vision Statements.