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2016 Workshops and Presenters

We have a great line up of presenters and workshops for the I-Chuan Conference!
Saturday, June 4th:

9:00 to 10:00 am: I-Chuan Basic Postures with Sifu Joan Tay

Sifu Joan Tay studied under Grandmaster Look for 28 years and progressed from student to certified instructor, master instructor and Sifu in of I-Chuan, Guang Ping Yang style, Tai Chi, Hsing-I and Bagua. She participated in workshops on Wudang Mountain under Master Zhong Xueyong, and in workshops in Chen Village Jiaozuo, Henan Province, under Master Chen Dawei. After retiring from her career as a flight attendant, she started her second career as a full time Tai Chi Chuan instructor. She teaches at the Kaiser Permanente medical facilities located in San Mateo, California and Redwood City, California. Her Tai Chi students include physicians, medical staff and patients referred to her by the Kaiser Permanente Health Education Department. She also provides private lessons to dedicated students who are serious about learning the Internal Martial Arts.

10:30 to 11:45 am - Energetics of I-Chuan according to Chinese Medicine with Dr. Paul Rossignol

Dr. Paul Rossignol is the Campus Director Southwest Acupuncture College at the Santa Fe campus and a board member for the U.S. I-Chuan Association of USA. He received his B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in East Asian Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2000. His passion for Classical Chinese philosophy lead him to study Internal Chinese Martial Arts and attend the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and later Southwest Acupuncture College where he graduated with his M.S.O.M in 2005. He has practiced as a D.O.M. privately and as a contracting physician for the University of New Mexico Student Health Center. Paul holds black belt ranking in Aikido as well as master instructors' certification in Qigong, Yang Tai Chi Chuan and Hsing-I Chuan. He has instructed Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong for the University of New Mexico and New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics as well as Southwest Acupuncture College.

1:30 to 2:45 pm - Peng Jing as a Conduit for Expressing Coiling Jing, along with Opening & Closing Jing with Sifu Dug Corpolongo

Sifu Dug is a Senior Student of Grandmaster Henry Look and President of the I-Chuan Association of the USA. He has been studying Chinese Martial Arts since 1979 and teaching since 1990. Sifu Dug was on the National Executive Board of the United States Amateur Athletic Union/Chinese Martial Arts Division from1999 to 2010 where he served as the National Chairman, Vice Chairman and National Head Coach. He currently is on the National Executive Board of the US Kuoshu Federation and serves as the Director and Head Judge of the Hsing-I and Bagua Divisions. Sifu Dug was inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors in 2010.

3:00 to 4:15 pm - I-Chuan the Secret to Effortless Power in the Internal Martial Arts with Master Fu Tung Cheng

Master Fu Tung, "After over 40 years teaching Tai Chi and related martial arts, 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."


Sunday Morning June 5th – Workshops TBA

Simu Janet Seaforth

Simu Janet Seaforth has studied numerous forms of qigong and tai chi for more than forty years and has taught since 1980. She has studied with Sifu Nam Singh, Grand Master Shu Dong Li, Joanne Stubblefield, Master Miao and Master MingTong Gu. She continued her studies at the USA Health Qigong Federation and is certified as a Level III Qigong Teacher with the National Qigong Association. She is also recognized as a scholar of Taoism by Master Mark Johnson, a founder of the National Qigong Association. Simu Janet Lee Seaforth is a founding member of the Pacific Qi Association and the Pacific Association of Women in the Martial Arts and attended the first Women's Martial Arts Camp in 1976. Simu Seaforth was a featured artist in Sharp Spear Crystal Mirror/Martial Arts in Women's Lives, a book by Stephanie T. Hoppe. She created Pynk Qigon which massages every organ and joint of the body for optimum health. She currently teaches five classes a week in Sonoma County as well as travels and teaches workshop all over the USA.

Honored Guest Master Manuel Rodriguez

Master Manuel Rodriguez, also known as Sifu Manny, was the uncredited martial arts coordinator for Toph Beifong on Avatar: The Last Airbender. Together with his son, Joshua Murphy Rodriguez, was used as an example to help the animators draw Toph's movements, which were based on the on the Southern Short Hand style of Chi Gar, Southern Praying Mantis. Sifu Manny has dedicated his life to learning, perfecting and teaching an expansive range of martial arts. He is best known for his mastery of Tai Chi Chuan and Southern Praying Mantis, as well as other Southern Short Hand styles. He has also earned a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do; 2nd degree black belt in Judo; 2nd degree black belt in Shito Ryu Karate; 1st degree black belt in Hakuryo Ju Jitsu; 3rd degree black belt in Shuai Chiao as well as mastering White Eye Brow and Butterfly Hand. He is one of the world's few living masters of the rare Chu Gar style Southern Praying Mantis. Sifu Manny has coached numerous acclaimed world champions for international, national, and regional martial arts tournaments. A few of his better known champions include Goodwill game Tae Kwon Do Silver and Bronze medalists, Robert Ross and "Sly" Lawson, as well as Judo champion Tara Peacock for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.