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2018-February 12: Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai J Quan Club Teaching Tip Workshop - Clif Genge

Teacher Training

On a snowy Tuesday, January, 30, 2018, Jennifer Kano taught a Teaching Tips Workshop to 12 Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai J Quan Club members.  Members of the club volunteer to serve the organization in all functions and this group volunteered to be teaching assistants at our training and practice locations.  Jen has been one of our five volunteer teachers for over 20 year and offers this course to more experienced members who would like to assist the teachers. 

Correcting Form

The TT Workshop consists of 3 levels of instruction which cover a multitude of subjects from “understanding the benefits of teaching to the teacher and helping a student practice a skill they have been taught by the primary teacher to teaching a new move and how to run a class when substituting for the primary teacher.”  This workshop is a component of our club recognition system and covered the subjects taught in the first and second level.

Since 1995 the Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai J Quan Club has been offering tai chi training and practice classes to anyone who is interested in learning the Guang Ping Yang style.  It is an all-volunteer non-profit organization.

Teaching a Member


2017-November 14: 2017 Guang Ping Yang Tai Ji Association Conference

The Guang Ping Yang Tai Ji Association held their annual conference at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, on October 20-22, 2017. 
This years presenters were Dr. Erlene Chiang, FuTung Cheng, Randy Elia, Tom Carney, Dug Corpolongo, Diane Rabinowitz, Valarie Prince Gable, Michael Rabinowitz. With Special Advanced Student Workshops presented by FuTung Cheng and Tea Ceremony by Michael Rabinowitz. The Taiji For Balance Certification Progam was presented by Lucy Bartimole on October 19-20.

Attendees to Conference

So it’s been a few weeks since the conference, and I’m sitting here on Cape Cod sipping a cup of oolong tea and reading Randy Elia‘s book “Ancient Health Teachings of the East”. 
I’m grateful that Clif Genge asked the Association to hold it’s annual conference in Hyannis this year. He then got to work convincing the Cape Cod club to take part in this weekend of study. I must confess that it was a bit ‘scary’ as I contemplated signing up, not knowing if my skills would be sufficient for a National organization. 

Chin Na practice

As a newbie of the tai ji practice, it was a whirlwind three days of learning new skills, studying with the Masters and getting excited about my new abilities. There was no one class that I can say was better than another! Each Shifu was generous with their time explaining how to execute a move, correct my form (eyes up, look far was a recurring phrase) and give advice in how to get the most of my practice.

Members enjoying dinner together

Then in the mist of all this new information, our club’s members enjoyed a wonderful bonus, the opportunity to get to know each other over the course of a day or two spent in class, lunch and dinner.

Du La

All that I learned at the conference has sparked a new commitment to get the most out of doing the set. Thank you, to all those responsible for planning and running the conference. It was a fun, fast paced weekend. I look forward to next year! Di M.

Class Photo with Randy Elia
2017-August 29: 2017 Annual Meeting and Dinner

Our annual meeting was held at the First Congregational Church's hall. Dinner was a buffet provided by Gourmet Gardens, Falmouth, MA.
Tonight we honored 5 members with their white pin, a symbol of learning the 64 moves of the Guang Ping style. Paul Andrews, Clif Genge, and Jen Kano presented the white pins to Elin Kinney, Elaine Powers, Joe Vitullo and Judith Rahilly. One of the finishers, Jane Boulton, was not there; her pin was presented to her at a regular practice session.


2017-May 4: World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day

The Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai Ji Quan Club celebrated World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Gus Canty Community Center Gymnasium in Falmouth, MA with a Tai Chi demonstration at 10:00 AM. Other Tai Ji Groups, the Yulong School and the Cape Cod Tai Chi Seniors in Motion joined us in the celebration. 


The day begins in New Zealand at 10:00 AM and Tai Chi followers around the world  will demonstrate movements integral to the discipline. The demonstrations continue around the globe in each time zone at 10:00 AM until completed in Hawaii.  It is celebrated in 80 nations worldwide on six continents the last Saturday of April each year.  Since 2005 the Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai Ji Quan Club has participated in the wave of calm and healing that spreads around the globe every year on the last Saturday in April. 


Al Moniz leading the members and guest in a Qi Gong set.


The Cape Cod Tai Chi Seniors in Motion performed an 8 move set.


David Chosid, from the Yulong School, performing the Yang Dao Broadsword Form.


Alex Kreider, from the Yulong School performing Yang Style Tai Chi Short Form.

2017-March 25: Tai Ji Immersion Day


The Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai Ji Quan Club held its fifth spring training day March 25, 2017 at the Mashpee, MA Senior Center.  This year we renamed it “Tai Ji Immersion Day” and it was shared by a combined group of thirty four members of the Cape Cod Club and six members of the Yulong Tai Chi Chuan School. 

After the warm-ups and set a group Silk Reeling session was lead by David Chosid and Clif Genge.  This was followed by break out sessions lead by Paul Andrews, Jen Kano, Al Monise, Louise Sebra, Dave and Clif.  Participants had their choice of Tai Ji Basics Loving Care for Your Foundation (covering the importance of the feet and how to care for them) and Yin and Yang and Tai Ji Philosophy in the first hour and Tai Ji Principles in Daily Living and an Applications Workshop in the second hour.


Attendees found the sessions filled with useful information and several members were sharing their plans for incorporating many of the ideas into their Tai Ji practice and daily living.   


It was a valuable and enjoyable day of learning and friendly camaraderie.  As one member said, “It was a wonderful day.  A success by any measure!”

2017-February 25: Shifu Diane Hoxmeier Rabinowitz leads a “Tai Chi Tune Up” at the Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai Ji Quan Club By Clif Genge

On February 25, 2017 Mother Nature blessed us with a respite from our freezing winter to a 600 sunny day.

A beautiful Cape Cod day!

The members of the Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai Ji Quan Club had to decide if we were going to hold our Tai Chi Tune Up inside or outside the Cape Cod Conservatory.  We elected for inside and had an absolutely marvelous day of sharing Tai Chi as the quality of the instruction was even better than the day.  Shifu Diane Hoximeier Rabinowitz delighted everyone in attendance as she shared her knowledge and expertise in our Guang Ping form.  


It was a reunion for several of the people in the club as they started studying tai chi with Diane in the late 1980s.  Between the many hugs and smiles they swapped remembrances and stories of the all the times spent together. After a little time for the Club nostalgia Diane told us about her beloved Shifu, Grand Master Yun Chung Chiang and some of his many talents as an artist, calligrapher and martial arts master.  He would have been pleased to see that his trips from California over 20 years ago helped start a tai chi organization that is still active and thriving today.  

She then got right down to the instruction and worked us through the warm-ups and kicks and into the intricacies of several moves.  We all had a better understanding of the benefits of the guang ping form as we performed some of the movements and she reviewed the basic principles, uses and benefits.  At times it was hard work but well worth the effort.  

 We were fortunate to have David Chosid and some of the members of his Yulong Tai Chi School join us.  Everyone in attendance was thrilled when David joined Diane, and two of the Club teachers Jen Kano and Geoff Way executing the walking and marching kicks.  And, when David and Geoff performed the walking slap kick and double jump kick we were all in awe. 


At the end of the day everyone agreed that we shared a wonderful of day of friendship and learning tai chi.  We are grateful to Diane for introducing Guang Ping Yang Tai Ji to Cape Cod and to Y. C Chiang for sharing all his knowledge, skills, caring and kindness with those who continue to pass his gifts on to us. 

2017-February 7: Chinese Dinner & Awards
The banquet at Dynasty Buffet in Falmouth was attended by 25 members and their spouses. Recognition was given to pin recipients Michael Dvorak, white pin, and Suzy Burnette, a blue pin. The teachers were recognized also for their work for the club: Paul, Geoff Way, Louise Debra, Allan Moniz, Jen Kano and Clif Genge.




2017-January 28: The Year of the Rooster

The Chinese New Year begins on January 28, 2017.

Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.

The Personality of the Rooster

People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant. Hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented, Roosters are very confident about themselves.

Roosters are always active, amusing and popular among the crowd. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful.

Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm at any occasion.

Roosters expect others to listen to them while they speak, and can become agitated if others don't. Vain and boastful, Roosters like to brag about themselves and their accomplishments.

Their continually seeking the unwavering attention of others annoys people around them at times.

Good Health for "Roosters" People born in a year of the Rooster are typically healthy people. They are active and enjoy sports such as hiking and swimming. Roosters don't get sick very often because they tend to fight illness well. Even when they do become ill, they feel better quickly. Roosters are a little sensitive, and they feel stressed and moody at times.

Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

Lucky Signs of the Rooster

  • Lucky numbers: 5, 7, and 8
  • Lucky days: the 4th and 26th of any Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky colors: gold, brown, yellow
  • Lucky flowers: gladiola, cockscomb
  • Lucky direction: south, southeast
  • Lucky months: the 2nd, 5th, and 11th Chinese lunar months.
2016-August 31: 2016 Annual Business Meeting
The annual business meeting was held at Dynasty Buffet in Falmouth, MA on August 30.

Jim Dowling, Deborah Siegal, and Judy Stetson have earned the finishers pin and certification sheet signed by the finishers who were present.

Finisher

Also earning advanced level recognition was Adam Wacholder, who earned a green pin, Esmay Chung, who earned a blue pin, and Walter Buryk, who also earned a blue.


Green Pin Recipient

blue pin recipient

2016-May 13: We were one of thousands that participated in World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day


On April 30, 2016 along with thousands of Tai Chi enthusiasts the Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai Ji Quan Club celebrated World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day.  What a wonderful feeling to know that we are sharing similar experiences with so many marvelous people throughout the world.  To quote the co-founders of this fantastic day, Bill Douglas & Angela Wong Douglas, “By immersing ourselves in this field of life energy again and again, we become more and more grounded in the absolute reality that . . . we are all connected . . . all part of the web of life. And, by cultivating and growing the realization personally and globally, we may help in a subtle, quiet way to usher in a more elegant future that nurtures us all in ways we cannot yet even imagine.”

Fan Demo
This year we celebrated at the Gus Canty Recreation Building in Falmouth, MA and attendees had the pleasure of watching three different Tai Chi forms, a Qi Gong form, Fan Boxing and a Sword form.  Members of the Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai Ji Club demonstrated the 64 movement Guang Ping form and the Eight Immortals Fan Boxing form, the Tai Chi for Healthy Aging form was demonstrated by the Cape Cod Tai Chi Seniors in Action of Mashpee, MA and David Chosid of the Yulong Tai Chi Chuan School of Dartmouth, MA demonstrated the 24 movement Yang Short form and the Wring the Moon Sword form.  The Therapeutic Qi Gong form was demonstrated by members of the Falmouth Therapeutic Qi Gong group.  


The Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai Ji Quan Club has been a regular participant in this event since 2005 and this year there were over 75 people in attendance.

We are looking forward to celebrating World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day again in April 2017 and welcome anyone interested in joining us. Interested people can visit our web site at http://www.capecodtaiji.org/index.htm or contacting the club at info@capecodtaiji.org.


Participants

2016-March 19: 2016 Spring Workshop
Club members from all our practice sessions met at the Mashpee Senior Center on a fine spring morning to participate in our annual workshop. Together, we did our warm up exercises, standing meditation and then performed the 64 move set. 
Jen Kano presented an introduction to traditional Chinese medicine and how to work with our own meridian system and showed a few acupoint locations. (During warm ups we tap some of those acupoints to stimulate "chi"). 
Then members were invited to partake in fan boxing, open door, Tai Ji circle, walking kicks, a review of common applications and tips to help teach Guang Ping Tai Ji Quan to new students.
Instructors for the day were: Paul Andrews, David Chosid, Clif Genge, Jen Kano, Al Moniz and Geoff Way. 



2016-February 16: Annual Chinese New Year's Dinner
Our tradition of celebrating the Chinese New Year was held at the Dynasty Buffet. 
This is the year of the Red Fire Monkey. People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterized as quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous, but it is also believed to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar.

The general image of people in this zodiac sign is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. They are lively, flexible, sociable, innovative, enthusiastic, quick-witted and versatile. In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life. Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others. 

Year of the Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920.

Celebrating Chinese New Year

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Randy Elia teaching The Practical Journey of Guang Ping Yang Tai Ji

Randy Elia teaching The Practical Journey of Guang Ping Yang Tai Ji

New moves repeatedly practiced during class

New moves repeatedly practiced during class

Tai Chi for Balance

Tai Chi for Balance

Our members took a two day class to learn to teach Tai Chi for Balance

Our members took a two day class to learn to teach Tai Chi for Balance

Valerie Prince Gable taught proper form

Valerie Prince Gable taught proper form

Michael Rabinowitz presented Appreciating Oolong Tea

Michael Rabinowitz presented Appreciating Oolong Tea

Diane Rabinowitz presented Chinese Writing

Diane Rabinowitz presented Chinese Writing

FuTung Cheng taught a Master Class

FuTung Cheng taught a Master Class "Effortless Flow"

Many of our members were present each day of the conference

Many of our members were present each day of the conference

Learning a few Chin Na moves

Learning a few Chin Na moves

Warm up and the set was preformed each morning

Warm up and the set was preformed each morning

Members learning Tai Ji for Balance

Members learning Tai Ji for Balance

Shifu Diane Hoxmeier Rabinowitz leads a “Tai Chi Tune Up” Workshop

Shifu Diane Hoxmeier Rabinowitz leads a “Tai Chi Tune Up” Workshop

Shifu Diane Hoxmeier Rabinowitz leads a “Tai Chi Tune Up” Workshop

Shifu Diane Hoxmeier Rabinowitz leads a “Tai Chi Tune Up” Workshop

Shifu Diane Hoxmeier Rabinowitz leads a “Tai Chi Tune Up”

Shifu Diane Hoxmeier Rabinowitz leads a “Tai Chi Tune Up”

Suzy B. receiving her blue pin from teachers Paul, Clif and Geoff

Suzy B. receiving her blue pin from teachers Paul, Clif and Geoff

Members enjoying buffet

Members enjoying buffet

Tai Chi for Healthy Aging

Tai Chi for Healthy Aging

Therapeutic Qi Gong form

Therapeutic Qi Gong form

Wring the Moon Sword

Wring the Moon Sword

Members Attending Workshop

Members Attending Workshop

Members working at the Spring Workshop

Members working at the Spring Workshop

FuTung Cheng instructing at October 2015 workshop.

FuTung Cheng instructing at October 2015 workshop.

Master FuTung Cheng

Master FuTung Cheng