We strive to develop and honor the life-enhancing qualities of honesty, respect, humility, integrity, loyalty, and kindness.


 

2019 Conference Presenters

We have an outstanding list of presenters for this year's conference. And some surpise special guests. You WILL NOT want to miss this:

Introducing
Rick Barretti

FuTung Cheng
Erlene Chiang
Randy Sugawara
Paul Taylor

David Wei

Jeanne Courtney & Bob Rosenbaum


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Rick Barrett has been studying taijiquan and Chinese internal martial arts for 40 years and teaching for 30. He won numerous national championships in taiji push hands and has been a tournament referee and judge. 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of his “Tai Chi Alchemy in Sedona” retreats.  He has published two books, “Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate” and “Finding You in a World of It.” He is a frequent presenter Yale University’s Society for Consciousness Studies Conference.  Rick’s seminars invite participants to explore the vast potential of body-mind-spirit integration in a fun and engaging way.

 

FuTung Cheng. After over 40 years teaching Tai Chi and related martial arts (strictly as an amateur), I am happy to report that I am more enthused than ever to have the opportunity to contribute to the understanding and quality of our Guang Ping Form. Truly embodying even a glimmer of the richness and endless reservoir of new insights underlying Tai Chi Chuan takes patience. When those glimmers finally come, how can one not be ecstatic? Because the insights are so tied in to the ultimate unity of form and function, the teaching becomes clearer as well. Suddenly everything is in focus. The absolute precision of the form reveals itself with every move, and from a martial perspective, it actually works! All the exhortations from Master Chiang over all those years together suddenly make sense. Leading us around with his form and his insistence on precise positioning was simply a semi futile effort to make the blind see. But, in due time, the practice and good coaching are better than a seeing-eye dog. They are the fundamental tools to remove cataracts from perfectly healthy eyes without surgery. I hope to use the form, as taught by Y.C. that I followed and emulated for over 30 years, to apply as much skill as possible in communicating, cajoling, and coaching your way to your own discovery and insight into the practice and ultimately, your enjoyment of Tai Chi. 

 

 

Dr. Erlene Chiang has been a Board Certified acupuncture doctor and herbalist for more than 30 years.  She has a private practice at the Chung Hua Clinic of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in El Cerrito CA where she specializes in the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases.  She was awarded the Best Asian Herbalist in 2004 by East Bay Express.  Dr. Chiang is an adjunct professor at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at CIIS.  She is an advanced qigong instructor and the Senior Administrative Director at Wen Wu School of Martial Arts.  She serves on the Board of Directors and co-founder of the Fountain Project Foundation which provides free medical treatment to the underprivileged and those with low income

 

DWei
David Wei is a 16th generation lineage inheritor of the Wudang Zhang San Feng "Life Nourishment" Sect. He is the founder of Wudang West, a non-profit wellness ministry based in Oakland CA, and he is the current Taiji and Tui Na professor at the Academy of Chinese Cultural Health Sciences, Oakland's premier Chinese Medicine academy.  Prior to completing 11,000 hours of formal training in Wudang, China under Taoist Master Yuan Xu Gang, David was a 5-year Shaolin student of the late Grandmaster Y.C. Chiang at Wen Wu School in El Cerrito CA. It is through this blessed connection that David found his way to the GPYTC Association

 

RSugawara Randy Sugawara is a certified Guang Ping Yang Taijiquan instructor under Sigung Henry Look and former president of the Yi Chuan Association.  He has a doctorate in Psychology and applies his knowledge in the internal martial arts and psychology to substance abuse relapse prevention, recovery awareness, and whole-mind body wellness.  He is currently partnering in new digital health technologies to help MS patients.

 

 

  Paul Taylor

 

DWei
David Wei is a 16th generation lineage inheritor of the Wudang Zhang San Feng "Life Nourishment" Sect. He is the founder of Wudang West, a non-profit wellness ministry based in Oakland CA, and he is the current Taiji and Tui Na professor at the Academy of Chinese Cultural Health Sciences, Oakland's premier Chinese Medicine academy.  Prior to completing 11,000 hours of formal training in Wudang, China under Taoist Master Yuan Xu Gang, David was a 5-year Shaolin student of the late Grandmaster Y.C. Chiang at Wen Wu School in El Cerrito CA. It is through this blessed connection that David found his way to the GPYTC Association

JCourtneyJeanne  Courtney is a Senior Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong teacher at Wen Wu School in El Cerrito, CA, where she teaches Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong Second Set and Pai Da Gong.  She has also taught at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Energy Matters of East Bay. She has studied Dayan Qigong with Master Hui Liu since 1999. Jeanne studied with Grandmaster Kuo Lien Ying in the 1970’s, Shaolin and Taijiquan, & later returned to studies of Taijiquan with Master YC Chiang at Wen Wu School. Jeanne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduate of UC Berkeley.

 

RRosenbaumBob Rosenbaum is a Senior Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong teacher at Wen Wu School in El Cerrito, CA, where he teaches advanced Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong First Set. He has started Dayan Qigong programs at Kaiser Oakland, as well as in Finland and Australia. His Kaiser program spread to clinics throughout Northern California. He is a neuropsychologist & psychotherapist and developed a Chronic Pain Management program at Kaiser, Oakland. He continues to lecture and lead practice nationally and internationally on Chronic Pain Management, Single Session Therapy and Zen.  Bob is entrusted at a Zen teacher by Sojun Mel Weitsman of Berkeley and SF Zen Centers and is author of Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy, Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching, and co-editor of What’s Wrong with Mindfulness (and what isn’t).