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He studied for 20 years (from 1980 to 2000) with Master Ermanno Cozzi, former student of Great Grand Master Yang Sau-Chung, son of Great Great Grand Master Yang Cheng-Fu. During this time Gianpiero, took part to seminars (an average of 40) and attended group lessons as well as one-to-one training.
Between 1984 and 1990 Giampiero took over the teaching from Ermanno Cozzi while the Master was travelling abroad studying Tai Ji Quan.
From 1989 to 2000 he rapidly progressed in his studies, almost exclusively through one-to-one tuition (roughly 350 hours).
Gianpiero studied and practised traditional Yang Family Taiji Quan with Master Ermanno Cozzi: this included preparatory excises, Qi Gong, Solo Form, Tui-Shou and Ta-Lu (practice done with a partner and leading to martial applications), the Tai Chi Sabre, the Tai Chi Sword, the Staff, the Spear, the Dual Form applying Tai Chi movements in a combat situation with a partner, free-boxing exercises.
Between 1984 and 1989 he attended a number of seminars lead by well-known Chinese Masters such as Chu King Hung, Chen Xiao Wang, Yang Jwing Ming, Yuan Zhuo Muo, Wang Wei Guo, William C.C. Chen, Zhang Du Gan.
In 1992 he spent a long time in the P.R.C., at the Beijing Institute of Physical Education (BIPE), where he studied and practised Xing Yi (Hsing I) and Ba Gua (Pa Kua), both “Internal Disciplines” (Nei Chia) like Tai Ji Quan. During his stay in the P.R.C. he also had one-to-one tuition in Chen style Tui-Shou and Chin Na (technique to control or lock an opponent’s joints, muscles or tendons so that he cannot move) with Wang Lan, who grew up in the Chen family’s village.
In 1993 Gianpiero went
back to Beijing for a long period of study
with Master Xu Weijun, Director of the department of Wu Shu of the
Institute of Physical Education (now Beijing University of Physical
and Beijing Sports University), where he obtained the “Instructor Class
Certificate of Tai
24 Form and Tui-Shou”. The
same year he went to
took part to the first and second edition of the European
Tai Chi & Qi
Gong Forum, in 1995 in
he attended a seminar in
In May 2005 Gianpiero obtained the title Maestro Caposcuola di Qi Gong U.I.S.P. (A.D.O.-Eastern disciplines- section), an Italian sports association, officially recognized by the Italian President and by the CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee). He also became member of the Technical Committee of the Qi Gong section in the A.D.O.-U.I.S.P.
he spent some time in
In November 2007 Gianpiero was awarded the title Maestro Caposcuola di Tai ji quan (Master of Tai Ji Quan) from U.I.S.P. (A.D.O. -Eastern disciplines- section).
Since 1989 Gianpiero has been teaching Tai Ji Quan with L.E.S. Ufficio Tempo Libero courses association, where courses are organized by the City of Milan Council and, since 1997, sponsored by Lombardy Regional Council.
1991 he taught in several sports
and alternative medicine centres, both in
From 1993 to 2000 Gianpiero taught Tai Ji Quan at the Alchemilla centre in Balerna (Switzerland), where courses are organized through a partnership with the A.C.P. – Associazione di Cultura Popolare (Popular Culture Association).
In 1994 he collaborated with the Università Verde in Milan running Tai Ji Quan seminars at the "Percorsi di Eubiotica, l’arte di vivere bene in modo naturale" (Eubiotics, how to live well in a natural way) kermesse.
In 1995 he cooperated again with the Alchemilla Centre in Balerna and the Pro Senectute Association in Lugano (Switzerland) for a program of disease prevention through Tai Ji Quan practice aimed at the over '55s.
From 1996 to 2004 Gianpiero taught self-defence courses with L.E.S. Ufficio Tempo Libero Association .
In 1999 and 2000 he also ran special courses for police officers and security guards.
2001 to 2002 Gianpiero taught Tai Ji Quan
From 2000 to 2004 he run Tai Ji Quan courses at the "Bloom" Association at Mezzago.
In Summer 2006 he collaborated with the Maiori tourist office (Amalfi coast) teaching Tai Ji Quan as part of the festival MAIORI ESTATE 2006, sponsorsed by the Campania Region, province of Salerno, Maiori City Council.
2006, 2007 and 2008 Giampiero led Tai Ji Quan
sessions in the national training courses for Tai Ji Quan
teachers, run by ADO-UISP in
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