8 Immortals Fan – J. Gee Schoon
8 Immortals Fan is a Chinese kung fu routine using a bamboo and cloth fan held in the right hand. The bright colors and distinctive sharp sound as it snaps open, make for a fun and exciting set. Learn techniques for handling and use of the Fan as a short weapon including strikes, blocks, jabs and deflections. Learn this short, choreographed fan set which was introduced to the GPYTCA family by Sifu Diane Rabinowtiz. Fan required! May be purchased at the workshop, or students may bring own-no metal or sharp edges allowed.
Calling All Beginners! - V. Gabel
Ever wished you had more time during training class for all of your questions? Well, now is your chance. We will be covering basics such as stance, weight shift, 6 harmonies, breath and more. Regardless of your Guang Ping Yang lineage we will explore principles common to all tai chi forms, obvious and not so obvious, with fresh eyes. Remember there are no ignorant or unimportant questions so come with an open mind, a willingness to participate, and ready to expand your understanding of your form.
Exploring Zhan Zhuang –J. Gee Schoon
Zhan Zhuang is the practice of “standing like a stake”. Also known as Standing Meditation, this simple practice is an invaluable part of any serious internal martial art training. Whether you prefer Universal Post, the iconic Guang Ping meditation stance, or Wuji stance, the preparatory posture preceding our taiji set, or Holding the Ball in a horse stance- the art of standing still, doing nothing while thinking nothing, offers great benefits to your taiji skill. Rooting, soong (relaxation), stillness and internal power are just a few of the rewards your commitment to standing for 10 minutes, 20 minutes or longer 3 – 5 times a week. This workshop will explore different postures- including the little known “original” meditation posture of Guang Ping Yang taijiquan- and reveal the “secrets” to enjoying standing meditation. Yes, it can be enjoyable and deeply satisfying! Come find out how.
Food as Medicine – E. Chiang
In this workshop, we will combine the ancient Chinese wisdom of cooking with fresh vegetables to make a variety of teas, smoothies, and juices. They are easy to make and taste delicious. The wisdom in the Food as Medicine workshop is finding the right balance and harmony in flavor, colors and seasons with your own constitution. Participants will have the chance to learn about their own constitution and how to eat wisely to improve health and longevity. Bring a notebook and pen to take lots of notes.
Guang Ping Yang Taiji Silk Reeling and Application - R. Elia
Silk Reeling consists of circular patterns in three planes of motion. Imagine being able to unite the body, letting the power spiral up from the ground and out into your adversary. Silk Reeling is the “soft power” of the internal martial aspect of taijiquan. These spiraling patterns performed at constant speed with the light touch of “drawing silk from a cocoon” will be explored through postures from our Guang Ping Yang taijiquan such as “Cannon though the Sky”,”Fair Lady works the Shuttle”, “Bend the Bow to Shoot the Tiger”.
Inner Health of Guang Ping Yang Taijiquan – E. Chiang
In this workshop, we will dissect some Guang Ping Yang movements and some warm up exercises that the late Grandmaster YC Chiang taught and explain their "therapeutic functions" according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Instead of the martial application of taiji movements, this workshop will focus on how the movements help the body heal and recover from the root of the disease. Participants will learn how specific taiji movements can correct health issues. Don’t miss this first-of-its kind debut presentation!
Opening the Door to Bagua - D. Chosid
The Baguazhang form, Xiao Kai Men, translates as “open the door a little.” It was designed to introduce students to Baguazhang (8-gate palm), but continued training of this single form leads to many variations. Xiao Kai Men can be practiced in a circle or line, against a pole, as individual applications, as single repetitions, as a two-person form, or even in randomized sequences. In this workshop we will introduce circle walking, Xiao Kai Men form, and work towards a two-person practice. Open to all levels, no experience in Bagua needed.
Taiji For Balance, Level 2 - L. Bartimole
Taiji for Balance, Level 2 is a one-day training program offered on Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 before the Conference starts. This second level of Taiji for Balance builds on the original eight movements in Level 1, with four additional movements for a total of 12. Level 2 introduces “Brush Knee Twist” and “Punch Under Elbow” for more challenging foot positions and balance postures with neuromuscular movements that challenge the brain/body relationship. Level 2 training expands on Taiji for Balance exercises to include: Taiji Walking, simple meditations, mirroring of the 12 movements, and extended acupressure massage points. Participants who pass certification tests will receive the Level 2 Certificate. There is a separate fee for this course.
Taiji Sword: What’s the Point? – N. D’Antoni
How does sword form fit into your practice? This workshop takes a pragmatic and somewhat analytical look at the jian (straight sword), using movements from the Guang Ping Sword Form. We’ll work toward a clearer understanding of its practical use, and how working with a weapon can help deepen our taiji practice. We’ll work on some Basic Sword Techniques, and on developing the necessary “clear intention” in our movements. In this way, the Guang Ping sword set will serve as a window onto useful approaches that can help you integrate the use of any weapon into your taiji practice. This workshop is intended for those who are already familiar with the Guang Ping sword set or have experience with taiji straight sword. *
Bring your own practice sword if possible; only a limited number will be available to borrow for the workshop.
Tui Na Foundations – D. Wei
Participants will learn the core principles of Tui Na (“brush and grab”), the classic art of medical massage and acupressure. Tui Na is a practice from Traditional Chinese Medicine that promotes health and wellness for both practitioner and patient alike. The Wudang Daoist methodology adds a spiritual component to Tui Na, giving a unique depth to an otherwise common medical practice. This workshop will cover basic hand methods and will entail practice on oneself and on a partner.
Tui Na Conditioning – D. Wei
Conditioning is an important aspect for the Tui Na practitioner. This workshop will cover basic hand maintenance, hand strength and hand sensitivity. *
Please bring a bath towel from your hotel room.
Tui Na Acupressure – D. Wei
This workshop will introduce potent acupressure points in 3 regions of the body: the head & neck, the back and shoulders, and the arms and hands. Learn to locate the potent points, what they are used for and how to use Tui Na acupressure on them. No experience necessary.
Tui Na Chair Routine – D. Wei
This workshop will introduce Tui Na chair routines that work on the neck and shoulders, on the back, and on the arms and hands. Practice by working on a partner seated on a chair. No prior experience is needed.
YC Chiang’s 19 Basic Principles – J. Gee Schon
Regardless of your GPY taiji lineage- Kuo Lien Ying, Henry Look, Peter Kwok or YC Chiang- your taiji form can benefit from following the 19 Basic Principles of Taijiquan. The 19 Basic Principles as taught by my shifu YC Chiang are universal, not style specific. We will take one Basic Principle at a time and apply it to our own taiji movements, seeing how we can further embody the principle in the way we execute a movement. Feedback from partnered exercises and video footage will help participants see how they can improve adhering to the Basic Principles. Bring your cellphone and charger so you can be video’d to see yourself playing taiji.
Yin and Yang of the Jian 2-person Exercise - R. Elia
Taiji “jian”, the double-edged straight sword, is considered the “Queen of weapons”. This workshop will start with fundamental Jian sword handling using the relaxed wrist movements. Then we will move into 2 –person drills incorporating easy-to-learn footwork while swords are in various combat, yet relaxed, connecting positions. We will explore the classic postures of the Yang taiji sword form, demonstrating the usage of “Find the snake in the Woods”, “Dust in the Wind”, “Cloud Sword” and more. 2-person timing drills using a metronome will enhance your reactions to open attacks. Lastly, we will move into free style push-hand sword, working with sensitivity skills through our sword. *Bring your practice sword - wood or metal (non-sharpened). Supply of swords for those that do not have one will be limited.