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YMAA Retreat Center Celebrates 10-year Graduation

Barbara Langley, July 16, 2018

Seven students from around the world graduated from a 10-year intensive program at the YMAA Retreat Center on June 24, 2018. The seven graduates are Jonathan Chang (USA), Javier Rodiguez (USA) and Frank Verhülsdonk (Switzerland), Quentin Lopes (USA), Piper Chan (Canada), Enrico Tomei (Italy) and Michelle Lin (USA).  The students trained year-round in the disciplines of Shaolin Long Fist kung fu, Shaolin White Crane kung fu, Yang-style Taijiquan, and Qigong, as well as various weapons, horseback skills, Chinese language, and video production. More >>

A Soul's Journey

Enrico Tomei, March 26, 2018

In Chinese qigong society, it is believed that human beings are made of a physical body and an energetic body. The energetic body is subdivided into three parts: the spirit (shen,) the wisdom mind (yi,) and the emotional mind (xin). More >>

Dr. Yang Announces New Training Program 2018

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, January 24, 2018

Dr. Yang has announced he will continue to teach until 2024 at the YMAA Retreat Center. Those interested living in the forest and learning tai chi and kung fu every day should apply soon for this new training program, studying at the Retreat Center with Dr Yang Jwing-Ming in CA. 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Introducing New YMAA Author! David-Dorian Ross

David Silver, May 22, 2017

David-Dorian Ross is "America's favorite" tai chi master teacher. He has been studying tai chi since 1979 from some of the top masters in the world. He's also a United States and world record holder in tai chi forms competition. More >>

Michele Lin

YMAA Student, Michelle Lin, Earns Role in Assassin’s Creed Movie

Gene Ching, January 9, 2017

Occasionally someone asks, "What’s the point of competing in Kung Fu tournaments?" Well, it might just land you a role in a major Hollywood motion picture. But not just any movie, this is the worldwide launch of a potentially massive film franchise, based on a globally-successful videogame brand, and starring Oscar-winning and A-list actors. More >>

My Experience at The YMAA Retreat Center in Miranda, California Part 2

My Experience at The YMAA Retreat Center in Miranda, California Part 2

Jonathan Michael Rivera, March 26, 2013

At some point in my stay, a potential five-year candidate named, Nathan Rosen, flew in from France for a short stay. I drove with Dr. Yang and Jonathan Chang to pick him up. More >>

My Experience at The YMAA Retreat Center in Miranda, California Part 1

My Experience at The YMAA Retreat Center in Miranda, California Part 1

Jonathan Michael Rivera, March 19, 2013

It was a quiet Monday morning in Bronx, N.Y. at 5 a.m. when I made my usual stop at the deli by the local train to New York City. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the former UFC Lightweight Champion, Frankie Edgar, alongside the Bellator Lightweight Champion, Eddie Alvarez, featured on the cover of Black Belt Magazine. More >>

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

YMAA 30-Year Anniversary

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Nicholas C. Yang, October 1, 2012

I am happy to say that today is YMAA's 30th anniversary. Today, we are an international organization with over 50 schools in 18 countries, and we are recognized by people all over the world. I would like to thank the many YMAA teachers, students, and supporters for all their support throughout the many years. I believe that together, we will be able to successfully propagate the healthy lifestyles of Qigong and the hard-working culture of traditional martial arts. More >>

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (Photo: J. Chang)

An Interview with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming: Progress at the YMAA Retreat Center

Daniele Bolelli, August 20, 2012

Dr. Yang Jwing Ming is at the halfway point in one of the most ambitious martial adventures in the modern world. Since 2008, Dr. Yang has been living for over nine months every year on a remote piece of land in Humboldt County, in northern California, with a group of disciples who spend their time soaking up Yang’s extensive martial knowledge. More >>

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Interview with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, February 2012

Michael Joyce (Reposted with permission from The Combative Corner), February 6, 2012

Dr. Yang, What originally brought you to the martial arts? I became interested in martial arts partly because I grew up in a traditional Chinese society. I was born right after World War II in Yang’s Village, which consisted of more than 600 relatives and family members living together More >>

Michael Clarke

Interview of Michael Clarke for El Budoka Magazine-Part 2

Juan Luis Cadenas de Llano Bajo, January 3, 2012

The following article is Part 2 of the English translation of an interview between author, Michael Clarke, and writer, Juan Luis Cadenas de Llano Bajo for El Budoka magazine. More >>

Michael Clarke

Interview of Michael Clarke for El Budoka Magazine-Part 1

Juan Luis Cadenas de Llano Bajo, December 28, 2011

The following article is an English translation of an interview between author, Michael Clarke and writer, Juan Luis Cadenas de Llano Bajo for El Budoka magazine. Part No. 1 may be found on Page 50 in issues No. 5. More >>

Intervista con Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (Italian)

Intervista con Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (Italian)

Danielle Bolelli, Samurai Magazine, September 9, 2009

A oltre sessant’ anni di eta’, il maestro Yang Jwing Ming, gia’ membro della Hall of Fame della rivista Inside Kung Fu, fondatore di un’associazione marziale con filiali in tutto il mondo e instancabile propagatore delle arti marziali cinesi tramite decine di libri e DVD didattici, sta materializzando il sogno di una vita. More >>

Interview with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (Samurai Magazine)

Danielle Bolelli, Samurai Magazine, August 28, 2009

Dr. Yang, could you please summarize for our readers how the first year went? With the exception of a few events, the first year of the 10 year program went very smoothly. In this year, I have learned how to treat today’s younger generation. More >>

Dr. Yang demonstrating staff, 1965

Taiwan, Teachers, & Training: An Interview with Yang Jwingming ~ Part 2

Michael A. DeMarco, April 8, 2009

Now that you have provided us with some fascinating background details dealing with family, studies, and work, I'd like to focus on your martial art studies. What exactly got you interested in these arts? Please provide some details about your very first teacher. More >>

YMAA Retreat Center

"The Arts Must be Preserved"

Almut Schmitz, December 29, 2008

This year the internationally-established teacher of Chinese martial arts and Qigong, Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming, commenced his long-planned ten-year retreat with five students in a newly built center in California. More >>

Der Erfolg des YMAA Retreat Center (German)

Manon Hansen, August 19, 2008

In den letzten 35 Jahren hat Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming die Vorzüge chinesischer Kultur gelehrt und traditionelle Kampfkunstarten in der ganzen Welt populär gemacht. More >>

Dr. Yang Inside Kung Fu Man-of-the-Year

Inside Kung Fu Man of the Year 2007: Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Dave Cater, Inside Kung Fu, December 14, 2007

He has been a martial arts and publishing giant for more than three decades. With Yang’s Martial Arts Academy (YMAA) schools dotting every corner of the world, and senior instructors creating equally large names for themselves. More >>

Il Sogno del Maestro Yang Jwing Ming

Il Sogno del Maestro Yang Jwing Ming (Italian)

Daniele Bolelli, Samurai magazine, December 13, 2007

Yang Jwing Ming e’ una leggenda nel mondo delle arti marziali cinesi. Fondatore della Yang Martial Arts Association e dell’omonima casa editrice, autore di innumerevoli libri, videocassette e DVD. More >>

Master Yang at the Retreat Center

Llega el maestro del anti-estrés (Spanish)

Isabel Ovalle, in La Tercera, December 12, 2007

La vorágine del mundo de hoy lo devora todo. Se vive rápido, todo es inmediato y desechable. Se quieren resultados para hoy y no alcanzan las horas del día para lograr lo agendado. More >>

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Dr. Yang Interview with In Review magazine - March 08 issue

Dan Cowan, December 1, 2007

Dr. Yang has been interviewed recently for articles that will appear in local Boston publications, and in the March issue of Music Design's In Review magazine. He also had a lengthy interview with freelance writer Oliver Broudy, contributing writer for Men's Health & Best Life magazines. More >>

Inside Kung Fu, September 2007

Man on a Mission - IKF article

Jennifer Sexton, Inside Kung Fu magazine, September 1, 2007

For 35 years, Dr. Yang has taught the benefits of Chinese culture and popularized traditional martial arts throughout the world. He is in a unique position: carrying the legacy of the generation of the old masters and possessing a keen understanding of a new generation, he has dedicated his life to bridging the East and the West, and researching the ancient arts with a modern scientific perspective. More >>

Energy master: Qigong and taiji find passionate teacher in Marshfield’s Roger Whidden

By Linda Thomas for the Patriot Ledger, August 26, 2007, August 28, 2007

MARSHFIELD, MA - He felt the energy in the ball the first time he stepped onto the mound to throw his first pitch. It was 1965 and the first year and the first game 11-year old Roger Whidden played Little League. More >>

YMAA Retreat Center, CA

A Return to the Ancient Way of Training

David Silver, July 30, 2007

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming has taught the benefits of Chinese culture and popularized traditional martial arts throughout the world. More >>

Ramel Rones

"Breath of Life" - A Boston Globe article

Kevin Galvin, Boston Globe, July 1, 2007

Do martial arts and meditation have medical benefits? Rami Rones, a former fighter who works with cancer patients, says yes, and area hospitals are paying attention. More >>

Videos and Podcasts...

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Chinese Martial Arts Definitions

Episode 2

Episode 2.
Retreat Center Interview PART 1

Episode 3

Episode 3.
Retreat Center Interview PART 2

Episode 4

Episode 4.
Northern and Southern Chinese Styles

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