Friday, May 18, 2012

Guang Ping Wiki

Did you know Guang Ping Yang has an entry on Wikipedia?'ai_chi_ch'uan
For some reason, I think that's pretty darn cool.  Now for the next trivia question.  Who's outline is it doing Single Whip?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Get your registration in early and save some $$

Listen, if you've been debating during the past few years as to whether you're going to the annual convention or not, now is the time to take the plunge.

Resort at Squaw Creek
This November 2, 3, and 4th has a lineup of presenters that is really exciting and we are deeply honored to have: Y.C. Chiang, Hui Liu, Henry Look, Fu-Tung Cheng, Randy Elia, Dug Corpolongo, Nick D'Antoni, Tom Carney and Valarie Prince Gabel.

As you can see, this is a rich lineage of masters steeped in Guang Ping knowledge as well as the next generation of leaders in our form.

This is a unique opportunity that may not be possible in coming years.  Now is the time and we are really grateful for the participation from all of our presenters for making this happen.

If you haven't checked out our website or Facebook page for the latest Conference information...well here it is!  We added a new section for Certified Teachers, so look at the new pricing for CT's below.

By June 30, 2012:           member $300    non-member $350
By August 31, 2012:       member $350    non-member $380
After August 31, 2012:   member $365    non-member $415
Single day:                      member $165    non-member $195
Registration form available at:

Certified Teachers Registration Discount
By Oct 2                        $250.00
Between Oct 2-19          $300.00
After Oct 19                   $365.00
Single Day by Oct 2        $140.00
Single Day after Oct 2     $165.00
Certified Teachers must have current membership standing

Room Reservations:
Lodging: $99 + Tax / Night + $10 Resort Fee
Room reservation link:
Reservations at:

Friday & Saturday dinners are included in full registration*
Single day registration - One dinner meal is included*
All other meals are attendees responsibility.
For non-conference guest/companion: evening meals are $75 per meal*

*Preregistration is required!

Info about Squaw Creek resort:
Squaw Creek Resort at Lake Tahoe
400 Squaw Creek Road
Squaw Valley, CA 96146
(800) 327-3353

As you know, we always have to put our annual disclaimer on the conference workshops.  Life happens...planes don't arrive, people become ill, schedules change for many reasons.  And so, the lineup that we're so excited about, we legally have to say, is subject to change as well.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Conference 2012

We are back at the beautiful setting of Squaw Valley for our 2012 Conference. Mark your calendars for November 2, 3, 4 of 2012 because this is going to be a truly memorable Guang Ping Yang Conference.

We are thrilled to announce that Y.C. Chiang, Hui Liu, Henry Look, Fu-Tung Cheng, Randy Elia, Dug Corpolongo, Nick D'Antoni and Tom Carney are all slated to present workshops this year. Obviously, this far out, there may be changes due to unforseen circumstances, but all have committed to presenting and we are truly honored!

Here's the lowdown:

Squaw Creek Resort at Lake Tahoe
400 Squaw Creek Road
Squaw Valley, CA 96146
(800) 327-3353

November 2 - 4, 2012

Lodging: $99 + Tax / Night
+ $10 Resort Fee

By June 30, 2012: member $300
non-member $350

By August 31, 2012: member $330
non-member $380

After August 31, 2012: member $365
non-member $415

Single day: member $165
non-member $195

Friday & Saturdays dinners to be included in full registration and one dinner for single day registration - PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

All other meals are attendees responsibility. There are restaurants and a bar & grille on site, as well as eateries within walking distance.

For non-conference participating guest and companions
Friday or Saturday night dinner only: $75 each night - PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Registration information coming soon!
Keep checking our website for availability:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Depression and the wonders of taiji

About a year ago, a study was done about depression and the elderly. They took a group of people with depression, at an average age of 70, and found that after 10 weeks of taiji, a staggering 94% "showed marked improvement". Sixty five percent experienced remission.

Those are good numbers.

Here's a link to the study:

If you are a certified instructor and are thinking about teaching in a retirement community - do it. You know the benefits. You know how to share them.

If you already teach in a similar fashion, let us know your experiences. We'd love to hear about them.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Looking for a few good Guang Pingers

We're looking for a few good people. We have lots of them so it shouldn't be too difficult.

The Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Chuan Association is currently looking to fill a few board member seats. We currently have five seats open. These seats have commitment times of up to six years.

What exactly does that mean and what is the commitment involved? First of all, you have to be an active member of the association. Secondly, because we have members all over the world, our monthly meetings are via phone has to have a phone with good service! Finally, again, because we have members all over the world, we conduct much of our business through email, so it helps tremendously to have a computer and easy access to email in order to communicate efficiently.

With that said, we spend about 2-3 hours per month for meetings planning the Annual Conference, producing a quarterly newsletter, maintaining a website and shopping cart, communicating with members, approving teachers for certification, and a bevy of other activities that arise each year!

It is a commitment. And it's one that is rich in experience with a great group of people. If you or someone you know might be interested, log on to the main page of our website to read more about it and to fill out a nomination form.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Expanding and contracting

It all went by too quickly.

This year's conference, nestled in the northwest corner of Lake Tahoe, gave Guang Pingers an incredible backdrop to the workshops that filled our mornings and afternoons.

It was one of those conferences, in my opinion, that deeply challenged my practice. It forced me to expand and contract at the same time: Expand the meaning of my practice, expand the uses of my practice, expand the energy of my movements; but also to contract: focus my attention to details, focus my intention and awareness to my movements, focus the deeper foundation, to simplify. To expand my focus my expansion.

Deep. :)

As I sat on the plane ride home, the first Guang Ping conference I went to 11 years ago sifted forward into my mind. I had only one emotion just before attending: Fear.

I had never studied with a master. I had never studied with a direct student of a master...or even a student of a direct student of a master! Am I going to embarrass myself? My teacher? We all do form together in the morning, am I going to be used as a poster child for what NOT to do in taiji?

And I wonder...are there others who feel this way and hesitate to come to a conference? Are there other people who feel they aren't going gain from the conference because they are too new? It will be over their heads? Or might feel their form isn't up to par when compared to others?

Because when I got up the first morning for warm-up and form, the fear I had vanished. We were just us, just a big group of people warming up, doing form. We all had our variations in style and weren't looking to judge or evaluate anyone else.

So, if you find yourself hesitating to come, let go. You'll only be welcome with open arms and left with a very rich experience.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Presenting....This Year's Workshops!

Grandmaster Henry Look
Applications of Guang Ping Yang T'ai Chi
Grandmaster Henry Look will teach and share the usage and martial applications, by correlation of the 64 posutres. No matter what Guang Ping lineage you follow, you will find this information illuminating and valuable. This workshop will help you understand the purpose of each posture - be it "step back repulse the monkey" or "stork cools its wings"- and will give you a deeper feeling of the various movements. It is also an excellent learning tool for those who have difficulty remembering the form. Don't miss this rare opportunty for Grandmaster Look to explain "efficiency in movement."

Master Randy Elia
Hsing-Yi Five Elements

Master Randy Elia is recognized for his relaxed and smooth delivery of power in Hsing-I Chuan, and in this workshop he will demonstreate and teach how one can achieve this skill. In Hsing-I Chuan, the five basic patterns are related to the Five Elements, phases of Chinese philosophy and medicine. However, they are also five devastating moving martial arts postures in which Yi (the mind) creates a will of motion (intention) directing the body without any distractions, and delivering a true potential energy or "jing". It is believed that the movements of each of these five postures benefits the health of the internal organ related to each posture. For example, Pi Chuan "metal" relates to and benefits the lungs. In the words of Master Wang Xiang Zhai, "metal is the power contained in the bones and tendons; the mind being firm like iron or stone, able to cut steel."

Master Jiang Jianye
Wuji 8-Section Brocade

Wuji is a state of nothingness/emptiness, the beginning of the beginning. We can think of wuji as a zero. T'ai Chi would be 1. In Chinese symbolism, first there was wuji - nothinginess, emptiness - from which T'ai Chi evolved - completeness, fullness, balance. You can get endless benefits from the Wuji 8-Section Brocade form: powerful energy (chi), great stretching, and super balance. It can also help prevent high blood pressure, arthritis, and osteoporosis, among other health issues.
T'ai Chi 9 Circles for Joints and Health
Circles all joints of ankles, knees, hips, waist, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck and the eyes with T'ai Chi postures that can help prevent arthritis due to the normal aging process (fifty-year elbow), and work-related repetetive activities, such as typing at a computer. This stationary T'ai Chi form is very simple but highly effective. It helps keep the joints flexible, improves blood circulation, and allows Qi to flow through the meridians more effectively, thereby generating more energy.

Sifu Paul Taylor
Wave Hands Like Clouds
During this workshop we will investigate and determine the structure and dynamics of "Wave Hands Like Clouds" in the Guang Ping Yang form through a series of pattern drills and interactive exercises.

Jarl Forsman & Steve Sekhon
Principles of T'ai Chi as Metaphors for Right Living

Kuo Lien Ying once said, "If you do the form with the right spirit, everything you need to know will come through naturally." Working with the basic principles common to all T'ai Chi forms, we will explore the way in which embodying these principles can bring you wisdom, health, a meditative mind, and the highest form of self defense: Integration (of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects).

Marilyn Cooper
Four Hands
Marilyn Cooper will offer a workshop on "Four Hands", a moving push hands drill from Yang style that, when practiced with a training partner on a regular basis, will produce highly concentrated, conditioned responses to force. Once proficient, one partner will be making larger steps and be on the outside, while the inside partner's circles will be smaller.