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2019-September 30: September on Cape Cod

After moving to Cape Cod it doesn’t take long for the “year-round” residents and all their relatives and friends to figure out that many of the summer vacationers stop coming to the Cape after Labor Day.  This results in an abundance of opportunities for enjoying; less crowded beaches, swimming, fishing, shopping, sailing, golfing, clamming, antiquing, photography, sunsets and a variety of wonderful restaurants all at slightly reduced prices.  There are always many great things to do in the month of September on the Cape.  

This year the Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai Ji Quan Club decided to add to the hustle and bustle by having some training in September. 

Our first training in September was a Level II - Teaching Tips Workshop from 9:00 Am to 3:00 PM on Saturday, 9/14/19 at the Gus Canty Recreation Center in Falmouth, MA.  Jen Kano taught 11 finishers the second level of our three-part series.


This level consists of a review of the subjects covered in Level I and extensive instructions in teaching movements, identifying strengths and weak points as well as giving effective feedback.  Each student had opportunities to give and receive instructions, evaluations and feedback as well as receiving critiques of their teaching techniques from Jen and the other students.    


By the end of the day, everyone was exhausted but happy with the teaching skills they had learned as well as insights into ways to improve their own performance of the set.     


These workshops are a component of our club recognition system and as each level is reached the club member receives acknowledgment of his or her achievement at a club meeting.


For our second September training, it was our privilege to welcome Sifu Dug Corpolongo. 

on September 21, 2019, to the Cape Conservatory in Falmouth, MA to present Chi a Pragmatic Understanding and Application.


The workshop covered some of the many misconceptions about what Chi is and how it works.  As well as exploring our chi, how to cultivate it and use it in our practice.  We gain a practical understanding of chi that without crossing over into the magical thinking sometimes found in martial arts.


As Doug introduced us to various concepts of Original Chi and Gathering Chi, the interaction between the two and the effects on our bodies his relaxed, straightforward style made it easy to understand.  The interaction of the Micro-Cosmic Orbit and the flow of chi through the body seemed much more understandable when the explanation was punctuated by his intermittent “bad jokes”.     

 

His explanations and demonstrations of the real techniques and uses of Chi as contrasted to the exaggerated stunts made the concept very valuable to all of us.  If I may paraphrase Doug, ‘if any person has developed to the level that they have the ability to do the truly amazing things we have heard about they would have reached such a high level of practice or awakening and be so far developed that it would not occur to them to perform the action as a parlor trick.  It would be used only in truly important circumstances.’  

  

The time seemed to fly by as Dug explanation the concepts of Natural and True Chi to Peng, Ji, Liu and An (4 of the 8 basic techniques) to demonstrations of the power of intention, visualization and Chi as well as numerous others.  Before we realized it the workshop was coming to an end.  We all felt that we had received a tremendous amount of valuable information and we could have spent many more hours listening to Dug and participating in the exercises that he teaches for learning the various techniques.    


Some of the thoughts they shared were: 

“We are truly grateful to Sifu Corpolongo for taking the time to present workshops on Cape Cod.  For many of us, the visits to our club from the Masters are the only contact we have with teachers who have his depth of knowledge and experience as well as the ability to explain the complicated concepts in a manner that we can understand and assimilate.” 

“We should share our visits with even more of the local taiji groups.  They should be invited to join us whenever we have any Master come to the Cape.”   

We think that is a great idea and the Club makes information about any workshops we are holding available on our website and extends an invitation to all who would like to attend.  

And as always, should you find yourself visiting Cape Cod we hope you will be able to join us as we practice and enjoy Tai Chi together.  

Everyone is always welcome and we will “keep the light on for ya”!

By Clif Genge

2019-April 27: World Tai ji and Qi Gong Day
Another successful presentation by the CCGPTJQ Club along with Drs. Mark and Roberta Walcutt, Deborah Salazar and David Chosid.



Drs. Mark and Roberta Walcutt performed the 37 movement Tai Chi form and Push Hands.


David Chosid demonstrated Bagua Elbow Form.


CCGPTJQ Club members Jen Kano and Louise Sebra preform Embrace the Moon Sword Form.



Louise Sebra teaches Tai Chi for Balance at the YMCA in Hyannis twice a week. She led the participants through simple movements.


Eight Piece Brocade Qi Gong had everyone on their feet with smooth, gentle movements taught by Deborah Salazar.



World Taiji and QiGong Day is celebrated every year on the last Saturday in April. It starts in New Zealand at 10 AM local time. From there it spreads its wave of calm and healing from time zone to time zone around the globe on all continents, all 50 states and in 80 countries. Through local events starting at 10 AM local time it concludes with the final events in Hawaii.
2019-February 5: The Year of the Pig, Chinese Dinner & Awards
The banquet at Dynasty Buffet in Falmouth was attended by 38 members and their spouses. Recognition was given to white pin recipients Olivann Hobbie and Evelyn Land for learning the entire 64 move set. And Dianne Marshall, the green pin as she applies the 19 Principles to her TaiJi practice. 

White Pin Receipient

White Pin

Green Pin Recipient


Our Octogenarians and Nonagenarians birthdays were celebrated during our dinner.
Octogenarians

Nonagenarians
Our Club's members practice Taiji into their 80's and 90's.

The teachers were recognized also for their work for the club: Paul Andrews, Geoff Way, Jen Kano and Clif Genge.

2019-January 7: National Guang Ping Yang T'ai Chi Association
The National Association is our sister organization. Their annual membership is due now, so if you were a member last year, then it is time to renew. Their goal is to promote, perpetuate, develop interest in, and preserve the quality of Guang Ping Yang style T'ai Chi Chuan through-out the world, and to provide support for research and education in Guang Ping Yang T'ai Chi. 
Click this link to join @ $30 for new member, or $40 for renewing member. 
Your annual dues gives you a member discount to the national convention in October and their newsletter, The Universal Post. 
Please consider becoming a member of Guang Ping Yang T'ai Chi Association.

Note that the Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai Ji Quan Club promotes this organization as a service announcement for our own members. 
2018-August 28: 2018 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. At the gathering we review our finances, the past year's activities, recognize member contributions and achievements and EAT. Members are in almost universal agreement that the most important parts of the evening are the recognition, the chance to socialize, and the food.


Tonight we honored 5 members with their white pin. Known as Finishers, they have received instruction in the 64 movements of the taiji set and are identified by their primary teacher as having the ability to complete the set. They are now on a lifelong path of continuous learning.


Member Brian Connolly receiving his completion certificate.



Our newest white pin members! Clif Genge presented the awards to Louise Theroux, Bill White, Lynn White, Brian Connolly and Florence Ramsey.


Black Pin Recipient Al Moniz. This is the highest Club recognition and takes a minimum of eight years of active club membership for the individual to achieve. Giving the award are teachers Paul Andrews, Jen Kano, President Clif Genge and Geoff Way.



2018-June 23: Three Training Workshops by Master Fu-Tung Cheng

2018-March 31: Gentle Tai Chi Push Hands for Improving Balance
Shifu Dug Corpolongo

Our Club had the privilege of receiving push hands training from Sifu Dug Corpolong0. He explained the principles in a relaxing, easy to understand manner that made everyone feel comfortable and encouraged their participation in the workshop. 

Members

He covered some of the basics of Tai Chi which are the foundation for improving balance, preventing falls, and helping seniors increase confidence in day to day situations.

Dug has a tremendous amount of experience and a wealth of information that he shares in such a personable manner as he involves everyone in the class. They all felt they had received an approach to Tai Chi principles that could be used in their personal practice. At the end of the day, everyone was excited and ready to start using the new information.

Members Practicing Push Hands


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!”

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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