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Unity or Something Like It

Donovan Blair, November 21, 2017

Stop me if you've heard this one. Two bulls, father and son, are at the top of a hill, looking down on a herd of cows grazing in a pasture. The son looks at his dad and says, "I got an idea. Let's run down there and f**k us one of them cows." More >>

Chinese or Western Medicine for Arthritis Sufferers?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, October 30, 2017

Arthritis has afflicted humankind for as far back as we can trace. In all races, the young as well as the old have experienced the pain of arthritis. The condition can also have a disastrous effect on the sufferer’s peace of mind. Despite the great advances made in many fields of science, Western medicine today is still unable to cure many forms of arthritis. More >>

YMAA California Retreat Center New Program Announcement

Colin Borsos (YMAA Retreat Center), October 30, 2017

Thanks to the dedication of the students and faithful support from parents, sponsors, and friends, we are pleased to announce the YMAA California Retreat Center will continue its mission of education in, and the preservation of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts. Special thanks goes to the Ku Foundation, a co-sponsor and co-organizer of the new full-time training programs. More >>

Introducing a new YMAA author, Donivan Blair, bassist for the Toadies and author of Even If It Kills Me: Martial Arts, Rock and

Barbara Langley, October 17, 2017

I had the great pleasure of meeting Donivan Blair at the Beach Ball Buzz concert last month in Kansas. I enjoyed the adventure of being back stage in the thick of things. And also the Toadies are a really good rock and roll band. The audience adored them and would have liked to have heard more of their music. They are entertainers extraordinaire. More >>

The Importance of Yin and Yang in Physical Degeneration

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, October 10, 2017

We cannot stop our physical degeneration, but we can slow this degenerating process down by providing proper care to our body. According to Chinese qigong, to slow down our aging process, we must maintain the strength of our physical body (yang) and also learn how to increase the storage of inner energy in our qi body (yin). More >>

Dr. Yang and his White Crane classmates, circa 1965

Taiwan, Teachers, & Training: An Interview with Yang Jwingming ~ Part 1

Michael A. DeMarco, October 3, 2017

The name Dr. Yang Jwingming became known to many because of his early publications dealing with Taijiquan. Despite some editorial faults expected in early works by a native-Chinese speaker who was a novice to publishing, his pioneering volumes offered insights and experience into the art that captivated thousands. More >>

How Do the Chinese Treat Back Pain?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, September 27, 2017

Qigong is the study of qi. This means that qigong actually covers a very wide field of research and includes the study of the three general types of qi (heaven qi, earth qi, and human qi) and their interrelationships. However, because the Chinese have traditionally paid more attention to the study of human qi, which is concerned with health and longevity, the term “qigong” has often been misunderstood and misused to mean only the study of human qi. More >>

Brain Aging and Brain Antiaging

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, September 20, 2017

Many holistic health practitioners use their knowledge and experience with the brain, mind, and awareness to guide patients to heal themselves in their healing work. In my practice with natural healing and natural medicine, I have seen many miracles; it is as if anything is possible if you put enough effort, intent, and energy into the work. The many cases of healing from cancer are especially important examples of the power of this mind-body approach. More >>

Introduction to Qi Gong Part 2

Lee Holden, August 21, 2017

I was ten years old, lying in my bed.  My dad was standing in the door way speaking in a low deep voice, "10 feel your body relaxing, 9, going deeper now, 8 very relaxed, 7, your body is so relaxed that it feels like your floating on a cloud…" He was guiding me through a visualization.  Every night before bed, either my mom or dad would guide us kids through a deep relaxation technique. More >>

Introduction to Qi Gong Part 1

Lee Holden, August 14, 2017

Qi means life force energy. The ancient pictogram of Qi represented mist coming off water or steam coming off rice. The mist and steam signified that Qi was invisible. The rice meant that Qi nourished the body. More >>

Introducing new YMAA Author! Lee Holden, Part 2, In His Own Words

Lee Holden, August 7, 2017

For the next month, I would go to Master Chia's house and work out every day. We would train for about an hour and a half, practicing tai chi, qi gong, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques. What I kept realizing again and again was that this practice was not new age fluff, but a body-mind-spirit science. Master Chia was showing me formulas that had been tested for the last 4,000 years. He explained that these exercise and meditation routines were like a well-trodden path to the top of the inner mountain. If you practice them, you will reach the peak and enjoy the expanding vista of a clear mind and radiant health. More >>

Introducing new YMAA Author! Lee Holden, In His Own Words

Lee Holden, July 31, 2017

I was ten years old, lying in my bed.  My dad was standing in the doorway speaking in a low deep voice, "10, feel your body relaxing, 9, going deeper now, 8, very relaxed, 7, your body is so relaxed that it feels like your floating on a cloud…" He was guiding me through a visualization.  Every night before bed, either my mom or dad would guide us kids through a deep relaxation technique.  By the time I was 15, I was proficient in self-relaxation and visualization techniques. I would use the technique to help with school, sports and martial arts classes (Karate, Kung Fu, and even Capoeira). More >>

The Way to Wise Living OR Common Sense Practice

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, July 24, 2017

Common sense means "common knowledge everyone should have." But unfortunately, many people today don't seem to have it. Why is this? We live in a dynamic world. Modern people are dynamic, and the flow of information is dynamic. We all assume we are smart and do things in a smart way. But we often lose our common sense to distraction, stress, illness or physical ailments, and emotional distress. Our focus is often on others—their successes, problems, and points of view. We often forget to pay attention to ourselves. More >>

A Healthy Diet Can Help Prevent Depression

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, July 17, 2017

A healthy diet can play an important role in preventing and healing depression. A vegetarian or partial vegetarian diet is more effective in the healing process because of the avoidance of animal products. More >>

Ten Tips for a Stress-Free Lifestyle

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, July 10, 2017

Depression is a major health hazard affecting many people's lives all around the world. Stress is a large part of depression. In the United States, about fifty-four million people experience some type of mental disorder each year.  That is about one in five Americans.  There are certain things we should pay attention to in order to have a stress-free lifestyle, which can greatly contribute to reducing or eliminating depression. More >>

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