On November 13, 2011, Lotus Dragon held its 3rd Annual "Tai Chi with the Cranes" event at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitors Center as part of the Return of the Cranes Festival. We had nearly 30 participants this year - the largest turnout we've had so far. And Sifu Dug has plans to issue a much wider invitation next year. If you haven't done so already, please check out this beautiful video created by Brad Stoddard.
The Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Association held its annual convention on October 22 – 24. This was my first time attending this convention and I was impressed. I have been to a number of conventions and tournaments and this one was one of the best in terms of organization and execution.
To start with, the seminars were excellent. I attended seminars led by Masters Henry Look, Jiang Jian-Ye, Fu Tung Cheng, and Dug Corpolongo. Although each master had his or her own unique teaching style, they all had one thing in common: the ability to make their knowledge accessible to those in attendance. I have been to more seminars than a shaolin monk can shake a staff at in which the teacher would “hide” their knowledge, limit or ignore the attendees’ questions, or overwhelm attendees by passing on an impossibly difficult sequence. Not so with the masters present at the GPYTCA Convention. They were open with their knowledge; they invited and encouraged questions, providing honest answers; and they did their best to ensure attendees were comfortable with new techniques before moving forward. The same can be said of these masters’ assistants. It is difficult to teach a class of thirty or forty of your own students, let alone students you have never had the pleasure of teaching before. These assistants were indeed instrumental in making the seminars as successful as they were.