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Dr. Yang performing taijiquan (Photo: P Segadaes)

How Do You Learn Taijiquan?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, January 21, 2018

Whether or not a person learns something depends upon his attitude and seriousness. First he must make a firm decision to learn it, and then he must have a strong will to fulfill his intention. He needs perseverance and patience to last to the end. Even if a person has all these virtues, his achievement might still be different from that of another person’s who has the same qualities and personality. More >>

Dr. Yang photo by P. Segadães

Common Sensations Experienced in Still Meditation

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, January 15, 2018

When you practice still meditation, regulating your body, breathing, and mind, you enter into deep meditation. Qi readjusts and balances itself, reaching even the smallest place in your body. You have feelings and visions, which cannot be experienced when you are not in meditation. More >>

David Grantham performing tai chi ball

Introduction and Short History of Tai Chi Ball Qigong

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, January 9, 2018

Though the existence of taiji ball qigong has been common knowledge in both Chinese martial arts and laymen societies, its popularity has been limited due to the secrecy of the training techniques. Taiji ball qigong training, in each style, was kept secret and passed down only to trusted students. More >>

Introducing New YMAA Author! Daisy Lee

David Silver, January 3, 2018

This article is being reposted to reintroduce Daisy Lee, one of YMAA's newest authors. Daisy Lee is the disciple of the 58th generation lineage holder, Master Wang San Hua, descendent of Hua Tuo, originator of the root form of medical qigong, Five Animal Qigong (五禽戲) from Bo Zhou, China. More >>

A Melding of Philosophies—One for One, & One for All

John Loupos, January 3, 2018

This article will share thoughts on both spectrums – approaches for personalized individual direction, and for social strategies, i.e. codes of conduct if you will. Hopefully, you may find something here worthy of your review and consideration. More >>

The Eum and Yang of Traditional Taekwondo, an Interview with Grandmaster Richard Chun and Master Doug Cook - Part 2

The Eum and Yang of Traditional Taekwondo, an Interview with Grandmaster Richard Chun and Master Doug Cook - Part 2

Stuart Anslow, December 19, 2017

In this article, both devoted martial artists were queried as to their views on the difference between sport and traditional taekwondo, the importance of poomsae, training in Korea, and sought their opinions on the future direction of taekwondo.  Here are more questions from the interview with Grandmaster Richard Chun and Master Doug Cook. More >>

The Eum and Yang of Traditional Taekwondo, an Interview with Grandmaster Richard Chun and Master Doug Cook -Part 1

The Eum and Yang of Traditional Taekwondo, an Interview with Grandmaster Richard Chun and Master Doug Cook - Part 1

Stuart Anslow, December 11, 2017

Sadly, Grandmaster Richard Chun passed on November 15, 2017. In honor of his memory, YMAA is reposting an abbreviated interview about Grandmaster Chun's life and Master Cook's written by Stuart Anslow and published in "Totally Taekwondo” July 2013. Master Doug Cook was recently named successor to Grandmaster Chun. He is now president and CEO of the United States Taekwondo Association whose mission is to “promote the traditional and evolving art of taekwondo.” More >>

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming—a Giant of Martial Arts

Violet Li, November 28, 2017

It reads simple, "Preserving the arts has been the focus of Dr. Yang's work throughout the past 40 years." This mission statement appears on the front page of the YMAA Retreat Center. But the journey hasn't been all that easy. More >>

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 >>

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Northern and Southern Chinese Styles


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