We are still gathering workshop information. Workshops are subject to change.
In this workshop we will practice partnered, interactive exercises to develop sensitivity to energies produced primarily by the Five Bows of the body: two bows of the legs, two bows of the arms, and the bow of the torso.
We will be exploring the relationship between the yang Niwan (martial crown), Mingmen (life gate), Changqiang (coccyx/sacral pump), Dantian (elixir field), Zhong Ding (central equilibrium), Laogong (palace of toil), Yongquan (bubbling well), plus other points and locations on the body while flowing our Guang Ping Yang set. Regardless of lineage take the opportunity to go deeper into the experience of mind and body!
Food as Medicine for General Health
ERLENE CHIANG, L Ac, DAOM, PhD
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 this “Food as Medicine” workshop is finding the right balance and harmony in flavor, colors and seasons suitable for your own constitution. Participants will have the chance to learn about their own constitution and how to eat wisely to improve health and longevity. Food samples prepared especially for this workshop will be available to taste.
GPYTCA Teachers Workshop FU TUNG CHENG NOTE: This workshop is restricted to Teachers who are certified by the GPYTCA, or to those who have submitted a Teacher Certification Application form and fee payment (go to www.guangpingyang.org for details on Teacher Certification)
Master Fu Tung Cheng will present a very special workshop on his latest insights and methods for effectively teaching the Guang Ping Yang Tai Ji form: It has to do with effectively learning–– how to slip into the form. He is excited to share the long overdue fruits (he certainly wished he could have produced them faster) of insight that have suddenly congealed into an intuitive, but remarkably simple and logical, comprehensive new approach to practicing, learning and teaching our form (but applicable to any form, and even any sport).
“As with every conundrum that came with the Tai Ji from my teacher, YC Chiang––the ‘ten-thousand-pound-feather’ feel, the ‘look-far, think-nothing’ mind, the ‘whole-body-one-movement’ of form––we are left with mysteries within puzzles as we plow through our practice, often getting glimpses of insights, but sometimes falling short of a unified, comprehensive understanding.
Lately, sessions in the morning class at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery have been almost laughable because of all the “aha!” moments of revelation hidden in plain sight––not just for all the changes I’ve made day-to day–– but because this new learning and teaching perspective enables everyone to rapidly progress to their own “aha” moments. We no longer are chasing idealized, calcified, form implants from decades old memories of our teachers’ teachings. We are embodying the inspiration from those teachers and making discovery our own.
I ‘ve been pumping the “Effortless Flow” mantra for the last decade. Trickles of insights have coalesced and now, finally, are flowing downstream to an ocean of possibilities…that’s where you will find us swimming. I hope you will come try out the water for yourselves….”
Love-based Martial Arts
Most martial arts are taught as a fear-based mindset: "Get them before they get you." Love-based martial arts changes all that. It awakens us to abilities and possibilities that are inaccessible in the fear-based state.
Meeting the Big Qi
This workshop will explore methods using central equilibrium (zhong ding) to access the Yang qi of the heavens and the Yin qi of the earth in an empirical, testable way. The process is simple yet the effect is profound, generating effortless power and superconscious awareness.
Pai Da Gong (Saturday Morning Only)
JEANNE COURTNEY, BOB ROSENBAUM
Pai Da Gong from the Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong tradition is over 1,700 years old. This ancient and elegant six-minute set descended from Taoist monks of China’s Kunlun Mountains. The attributes of this practice are stimulating Qi flow, balancing of internal organs function, opening Qi blockages and dispelling Qi stagnation. The set includes patting acupuncture points along meridians, meditative internal concentration, deep breathing and short phrases recited silently accompanying movements. The set is reputed to be a consolidating set, which amplifies the benefits of your other practices.
Master Hui Liu brought this set for our health and wellbeing from Grandmaster Yang Meijun.
Refining and Redefining Classic Guang Ping Yang TaijiI
In this workshop for those who teach GPY taiji, you will explore how to expand and transform your many years of training and experience of the form to include new concepts and discoveries, hidden in plain sight. Uncovering these “secrets” will inspire you with an excitement that will carry over to your students, and in turn, will certainly accelerate their progress.
Since infancy we have been subconsciously pushing away from the earth. This impulse is woven into all our movements and it interrupts a full energetic connection with the earth (rooting). This workshop provides a simple correction, opens the energy gates wide, making all our movements more graceful, fluid, and powerful.
Tu Gu Na Xin - Daoist Breath Work
Daoists directly relate quality of breath with quality of life. Tu Gu Na Xin is a Daoist breathing method that cleans and clears the lungs. This allows for deeper, fuller breaths, contributing to a richer experience of life. Participants will learn to assess their breath capacity in addition to various methods for improving overall lung health. Both solo and partnered work will be introduced. No experience is necessary.
Tui Na Foundations
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
Xingyi Basics – Grandmaster Henry Look’s Style and Methods
RANDY SUGAWARA, PhD
Sigung Look’s teaching points on Xingyi’s main characteristics will develop the participant to the highest level. Beginning to Advanced levels may benefit from Sigung’s noted attention to details. Includes instruction on correct posture and correct movements with attention to foot work. Focus will be on the first element’s fist, Pi Quan. Partner practices will be added to grasp Sigung’s points of “capturing the wave” if participants have grasped the correct postures.
Xingyi Five Elements – Introduction to the Five Fists
RANDY SUGAWARA, PhD
This workshop introduces the Five Fists of Xingyiquan: Pi Quan “splitting fist”, Beng Quan “crushing fist”, Zuan Quan “drilling fist”, Pao Quan “pounding fist”, and Heng Quan “crossing fist”. Participants will be familiarized with the mechanical and structural forms, along with the foot patterns of Xingyiquan. No previous experience needed.
YC Chiang’s 19 Basic Principles
JoAnna. Gee Schoon
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.