Rick Barrett has been studying taijiquan and Chinese internal martial arts for 40 years and teaching for 30. He won numerous national championships in taiji push hands and has been a tournament referee and judge. 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of his “Tai Chi Alchemy in Sedona” retreats. He has published two books, “Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate” and “Finding You in a World of It.” He is a frequent presenter Yale University’s Society for Consciousness Studies Conference. Rick’s seminars invite participants to explore the vast potential of body-mind-spirit integration in a fun and engaging way.
Fu Tung Cheng’s involvement in the Martial Arts as student and teacher spans decades. He is the First Senior Student of Grandmaster Y.C. Chiang and helped Shifu establish Wen Wu School of Martial Arts in 1971. Fu Tung taught taiji classes at Wen Wu School from 1973-2003. He helped Grandmaster Henry Look establish the Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Association and designed the Association’s "Wave” logo. In 2004, Fu Tung began teaching an on-going taiji class at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery which he continues teaching to the present day.
Dr. Erlene Chiang has been a Board Certified acupuncture doctor and herbalist for more than 30 years. Her private practice is 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 a 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 is co-founder of the Fountain Project Foundation which provides free medical treatment to the underprivileged and those with low income.
Valarie Gabel is founder and director of the Kuang Ping School of Tai Chi, established in 1991, and continues to lead its initiative. She has been teaching for almost four decades, beginning in 1982 with the Fire Breathing Dragon School in Southern California. She is a National Advisor and Charter Member of the Guang Ping Yang T’ai Chi Association and served as Membership Coordinator for 2 years. Valarie is currently Treasurer for the GPYTCA and serves on the Teacher’s Certification Committee. She is dedicated to preserving the Association in keeping with our Mission and Vision Statements.
Randy Sugawara is a certified Guang Ping Yang Taijiquan instructor under Sigung Henry Look and former president of the Yi Chuan Association. He has a doctorate in Psychology and applies his knowledge in the internal martial arts and psychology to substance abuse relapse prevention, recovery awareness, and whole-mind body wellness. He is currently partnering in new digital health technologies to help MS patients.
Paul Taylor studied Guang Ping Yang Taijiquan with Master Chiang Yun Chung continuously from 1979 until Shifu Chiang's passing in 2016. He was an Assistant Teacher at Wen Wu School from 1986 until 2016. Paul became interested in the energy work of Taiji and continues his studies in Pushing Hands with eighty-nine year old Master Liu Wing Him in Guangzhou, China. Shifu Liu studied directly from Grandmaster Wu Kung Cho, third generation of the Wu family taijiquan.
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, 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 in El Cerrito CA. It is through this blessed connection that David found his way to the GPYTC Association
Special Guest Presenters
Jeanne Courtney is a Senior Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong teacher at Wen Wu School in El Cerrito, CA, where she teaches Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong Second Set and Pai Da Gong. She has also taught at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Energy Matters of East Bay. She has studied Dayan Qigong with Master Hui Liu since 1999. Jeanne studied with Grandmaster Kuo Lien Ying in the 1970’s, Shaolin and Taijiquan, & later returned to studies of Taijiquan with Master YC Chiang at Wen Wu School. Jeanne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduate of UC Berkeley.
Bob Rosenbaum is a Senior Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong teacher at Wen Wu School in El Cerrito, CA, where he teaches advanced Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong First Set. He has started Dayan Qigong programs at Kaiser Oakland, as well as in Finland and Australia. His Kaiser program spread to clinics throughout Northern California. He is a neuropsychologist & psychotherapist and developed a Chronic Pain Management program at Kaiser, Oakland. He continues to lecture and lead practice nationally and internationally on Chronic Pain Management, Single Session Therapy and Zen. Bob is entrusted at a Zen teacher by Sojun Mel Weitsman of Berkeley and SF Zen Centers and is author of Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy, Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching, and co-editor of What’s Wrong with Mindfulness (and what isn’t).