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Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
Dr. Yang is one of the most respected and influential teachers in the Martial Arts and Qigong communities.
Dr. Yang began his Martial Arts training while growing up in Taiwan. He studied White Crane Kung Fu, Long Fist Kung Fu, and Yang-style Taijiquan.
The YMAA Publication Center was founded in 1984 with the goal of producing superior books and instructional videos on Chinese martial arts and Qigong.
It is now one of the world's leading martial arts publication companies.
Northern Long Fist Kung Fu
Southern White Crane Kung Fu
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
Dr. Yang is regarded as one of the most respected and influential teachers in the Martial Arts and Qigong communities.
In 1982, he established Yang's Martial Arts Association (YMAA) which, at times, has grown to over 50 schools in 18 countries. To further share his knowledge, he founded the YMAA Publication Center and has authored numerous articles, books, and videos. With a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Yang is known for using his scientific background to explain martial arts and Qigong theories.
Dr. Yang began his martial arts training while growing up in Taiwan. He studied Shaolin White Crane with Grandmaster Cheng, Gin-Gsao, Shaolin Long Fist with Grandmaster Li, Mao-Ching, and Yang-style Taijiquan with Grandmaster Kao, Tao.
Yang's Martial Arts Association
Dr. Yang established YMAA and under the direction of a traditional teacher, students trained rigorously in the disciplines of the three styles. Dedicated students were known to make long commutes and trained for hours at a time.
Through his publications, Dr. Yang drew a wide audience and received invitations to teach around the world. As his students progressed, they opened their own schools and YMAA became an international organization. The major branches are directed by Pedro Rodrigues (Portugal), Robert Wąs (Poland), Corlius Birkill (South Africa), Victor Marques (France), Paul Moran (Ireland), and Daniel Chadud (Chile).
A week-long international camp is held every few years where all students (non-YMAA included) are invited to train with fellow martial artists. Past locations have included Argentina, Chile, Portugal, Poland, France, and South Africa. Some schools also host their own annual summer or winter camps.
YMAA Publication Center
The YMAA Publication Center was founded with the goal of producing superior books and instructional videos on Chinese martial arts and Qigong.
Dr. Yang has been a pioneer in introducing many Eastern theories and practices previously unknown to the West. He has continually researched ancient documents and published numerous books with in-depth theory as well as accompanying videos with hours of instructional content. His works have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
The YMAA Publication Center has expanded to publish works by other leading authorities on martial arts, self defense, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
est. 1982 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
YMAA California Retreat Center
est. 2005 Miranda, CA
Dr. Yang established the YMAA California Retreat Center to teach a small group of students in a full time training program. Students study the three styles and train and work 6 days per week, 9 months per year. The Retreat Center is located near the Redwood Forest in the mountains of Humboldt County. The remote location and intensive schedule are ideal for attaining higher levels of skill and understanding. The purpose of the program is to teach the students to preserve and propagate the arts for future generations.