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Sigung Look's Birthday Celebration and TIMA Instructor's Seminar

Jun 02_2013_Californiatrip_0272_edited-360On June 2, seven members of the Lotus Dragon family attended the TIMA Instructor's workshop and Grandmaster Look's birthday celebration. The subjects covered included the Guang Ping short form, push hands, hsing-yi staff, and tai chi spear.  There were about 20 participants in the workshops led by some of Sigung Look's senior students, including Sifu Dug.

One of the more interesting subjects was the first 16 movements of the 64-movement Hsing-Yi staff form. We are hoping to share these movements with the Lotus Dragon students in the next few weeks. Sifu Randy Sugawara has offered to come to Albuquerque and share the entire form with us. Sifu Randy is Sigung Look's most senior student.  If you are interested in having Sifu Randy come and teach this seminar, please email Jonathan at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please vote early and often.

There were about 50 people in attendance at Sigung Look's Birthday Celebration.  The food included sushi made to order by a live sushi chef, bbq, seaweed salad, and other delicacies. 

 

World Tai Chi Day 2013

WTCD2013 04_27_13_7177_edited-1World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is a worldwide celebration of the healing and health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong. People, across racial, economic, religious, and geo-political boundaries, who share a common vision of hope & healing for our planet and her people come together worldwide on the last Saturday of April every year; and then, at 10 am local time in every time zone across the planet they begin to practice their Tai Chi and Qigong to create a wave of healing energy that circumnavigates the globe and to provide an example multicultural and international co-operation to the world.

This year the event was held again at Los Poblano's fields and was very well attended, with about 40 participants.  Sifu Dug - who brought the observance of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day to New Mexico in 2007 - led the crowd in Tai Chi Qigong, the Chen Man Ching Tai Chi form, a Guang Ping Tai Chi short form, and conducted a workshop on the Five Animals Frolic Qigong form (the oldest known Qigong Form).

WTCD2013 04_27_13_7044_edited-1This event continues to be a great success and Lotus Dragon is grateful to all the participants and the Albuquerque Open Space staff to allowing us to utilize this beautiful location for this event.

 

Annual Jersey Shore Retreat 2013

nj snakeAgain our kung fu family will be training Tai Chi, Bagua, Hsing- yi and Qigong on the beach and in the Atlantic Ocean Sunday July 21st to Thursday the 25th. We'll be doing Tai Chi and Qigong on the beach every morning, Push-hands, Hsing-yi in the surf in the afternoons and Bagua in the park in the evening, as well as spontaneous trainings on various weapons and other advanced forms. We'll also include trips to various fun East Coast cities and attractions.

nj bagua_surfAfterward we'll be attending the US International Kuoshu Championships at the Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley Maryland which is about 20 miles outside Baltimore. This is still the best run and most organized Chinese Martial Arts Tournament in North America. We always have lots of fun with Kung fu family and friends at the Kuoshu Championships. Here's the webpage: http://www.usksf.org/

central park_tai_chiOn the same weekend the National Qigong Association's 18th annual conference will be held at the Hilton Double Tree Valley Forge in King of Prussia, PA, Friday, July 26 - Sunday, July 28th. There will be 24 sessions, special keynote addresses, impromptu Qigong and musical gatherings, plus all the wonderful camaraderie you would expect from the friends of the NQA. Gary Giamboi their Outreach Chairperson has personally invited our Kung fu family and asked that our family members contact him when we get there. Here's their webpage http://nqa.org/2013/01/the-2013-nqa-conference/

 

Lotus Dragon Begins Live Webcasts

powhow webcastIn January 2013, Lotus Dragon began webcasting its Saturday classes to Sifu Dug's students around the world. Using the internet, students from all over can now tune in to participate in workshops, classes, and seminars in the comfort of their own home or school. The events are conducted through powhow.com and are live and interactive, and feel almost like being in the Kuan.  Not only can you watch and follow Sifu live, he can watch and correct your form in real time, as well as answer any question you may have. And, as a bonus, you get the bad jokes that you out-of-town students miss so much... 

In the near future, Sifu plans on webcasting his national seminars and workshops when he starts traveling to the Sister Schools.

Click on the following links for class schedules and information:

Saturday Morning Qi Gong Workout

Saturday Morning Yang Style Tai Chi Form & Push-Hands Class

Wu Clan Advanced Internal Martial Arts Class  (Saturday afternoon)

 

Tai Chi with the Cranes a Success

taichi cranes3At least three generations of our kung fu family gathered together to play Tai Chi at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitors Center. It was the annual Festival of Sandhill Cranes and Tai Chi with Cranes celebration and the sun warmed the pleasantly crisp autumn morning as more than fifty moved in unison as a meditative wave of health, life and inner tranquility. As we moved we could see nearly a hundred cranes in the field just below the center and could watch living examples of how the graceful movements of the cranes inspired and influenced the earliest of Tai Chi forms.

Sandhill Crane_Landing2Sifu Dug led us through our Gentle Flexibility and Tai Chi Qigong and then the Senior Citizens' Tai Chi Set. Afterward we gather at the Corrales Flying Star for a fireside breakfast and a few wonderful moments of getting to know our kung fu family just a little better. On Saturday afternoon Dr. Paul Rossignol gave an enlightening and enjoyable talk on the phases of the Five Elements and how to use them to enhance our lives, health and practice.

On Sunday morning we gathered in at Los Poblanos fields and did the Long Form only a scant few yards from the sandhill cranes and other water fowl. There was a fresh smell in the air clean by the gentle overnight rains and the musical calls of the birds filled the atmosphere. After we finished the Long Form we practiced a few Soaring Crane Qigong movements and worked on Tai Chi Celestial Ruler in the afternoon.

taichi cranes2Next year Sifu Dug hopes to expand Tai Chi with the Cranes, which will be in its fifth year, by inviting in other instructors in from our kung fu family from around the country to lead various groups and workshops. He has made an arrangements with Nahalat Shalom, his family's synagogue (which is very close to the Open Space Visitors Center), to use their facilities to conduct multiple workshops over the weekend of Albuquerque's Festival of the Cranes.

 

Lotus Dragon Welcomes Eric S. "Scotty" Williams, LMT to the Wellness Center

Lotus Dragon Center for Health and Wellness welcomes our newest addition, Eric S. "Scotty" Williams, practitioner of various modalities of massage and bodyworks, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Trigger Point, Craniosacral, and Reiki.  Please call Scott for an appointment at (505) 301-2831 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  More info about Scotty's Metta Rupa Massage & Bodyworks at facebook.com/mettarupamassage.

 

Lotus Dragon has Moved!

Please come join us at our new location at 3408 Constitution Ave NE  Albuquerque, NM 87106, just West of Carlisle on Constitution.  Please Click Here for a Map and directions to the new location.  There are a few parking spaces available in front of the building, and more spaces available in the rear parking lot.  Access to the back parking lot is either through the alley at the Smith's gas station off Carlisle, or at the west end of the building complex on Constitution. Additional parking is available across the street.  See diagram below. IMPORTANT. Please do not park in any of the nearby lots (marked below), as the owner has indicated that he will have vehicles towed.  

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Sifu Dug receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Sifu Action_Mag_Hall_of_Honors_Jan_2012On January 20, 2012, Sifu Dug Corpolongo received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Action Martial Arts Magazine's Hall of Honors.  Sifu Dug was truly honored to receive this award, and remarked that the ceremony was conducted in a manner consistent with the best traditions of martial arts. Everyone at the event was more concerned with their responsibility and service as a martial artist to humanity than any particular award that they may recieve. This enivronment was the result of the sincerity and integrity that Alan Goldberg and the staff Action Martial Arts Magazine had promoted and conducted the event.  

 

Jersey Shore Retreat - 2011 Edition

One of my most profound training experiences happened many years ago at Sigung Look's Santa Cruz, CA retreat. We stood in front of the breaking waves practicing our Tai Chi, Hsing-I, and Bagua techniques, in time with the crashing waves. As the waves built up, we began the technique; as they crashed and rolled into the shore, we completed the technique and then started building energy for the next movement as the wave retreated from the beach.

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Lotus Dragon at 2011 US Kuo Shu Championships

Imagine 500 or more competitors around you doing Chinese martial arts all day and night. They share the same love and fervor for their hobby and lifestyle as much as you. The excitement in the air is palpable, while the nervousness passes over you in waves. You learn to love the smell of Tiger Balm in the morning. You spend all night practicing, all day waiting for your chance to prove you've learned an inkling of what your Sifu has shown you.

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World Tai Chi Day 2011 - A River (of Qi) ran through it...

P4303304World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is a worldwide celebration of the healing and health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong. People, across racial, economic, religious, and geo-political boundaries, who share a common vision of hope & healing for our planet and her people come together worldwide on the last Saturday of April every year; and then, at ten am local time in every time zone across the planet they begin to practice their Tai Chi and Qigong to create a wave of healing energy that circumnavigates the globe and to provide an example multicultural and international co-operation to the world.

P4303318This was the first time that the event was held at Poblanos Fields and was such a success that Sifu Dug Corpolongo of Lotus Dragon Tai Chi and Qigong is planning on repeating this event every year plus celebrating Tai Chi with the Cranes in November, coinciding with the Sandhill Crane Weekend at our Open Space Visitor Center, and also providing a Qigong demonstration, the Six Healing Sounds, in June for the Summer Series at Poblanos Fields. All the events are free and open to all practitioners and the general public.  
 

Tai Chi with the Cranes

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.

 

Review of the GPYTCA Convention 2010

GPYTCA 2010 ParticipantsThe 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.

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