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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.

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