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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 >>

Introducing YMAA Author: Helen Liang's Early Training Years

David Silver, May 7, 2017

Bestselling YMAA author Helen Liang was born in a very remote village in China's Sichuan province during the Cultural Revolution, where her father had been forced to relocate after graduating from University for "re-education." Her father, the legendary martial artist Liang Shou-Yu was already a famous kung fu teacher, highly educated, and one of China's top coaches.  Grandmaster Liang was raised on Emei mountain, where he started training at the age of six with his renowned grandfather, Liang, Zhi-Xiang. More >>

Balance and Tai Chi

John Loupos, May 1, 2017

Balance, by which I mean physical balance when upright, is a concern often expressed by potential students prior to taking up their studies at Tai Chi. They want to know: can Tai Chi help them improve their balance? While I'm generally hopeful and upbeat about how Tai Chi can serve students in this regard, there are multiple factors and considerations that come into play where balance is concerned. I feel it is prudent to have a basic understanding of these different factors in order to fashion a reasonable and realistic approach to helping students improve their balance through Tai Chi. More >>

Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day with Tai Chi—The Art of Fitness

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, April 24, 2017

The World Tai Chi & Qigong Day will be held on April 29, 2017.  The whole world celebrates this day by participating in tai chi and qigong practice in a natural setting at 10 a.m. in all different cities, from time zone to time zone.  I will be celebrating at Bay Front Park, Sarasota, Florida (near Marina Jack.)   This is a free event that I highly recommend to people of all ages and all different physical abilities. Come to try and to experience the World Qi Wave; to feel it, embrace it, and to use it to benefit our body, mind, and our spirit. More >>

Introducing New YMAA Author! Daisy Lee

David Silver, April 17, 2017

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 >>

Keri: Kicking Techniques

J.D. Swanson Ph.D., April 10, 2017

One difference between martial arts styles developed in Asia and many of the Western arts is the refinement of the legs and feet as striking weapons. In Shotokan karate in particular, kicking techniques, or keri are seamlessly integrated into the curriculum and are one of the six major classes of techniques (zuki, uke, uchi, nage, keri, and dachi). More >>

What is Taiji?

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, April 3, 2017

Taiji is an ancient Chinese exercise for health improvement, spiritual growth, disease prevention, healing assistance, and self-defense. It involves slow, circular movements; mental concentration; breath control; relaxation; and meditation. More >>

Four Fundamental Requirements of Martial Arts

J.D. Swanson Ph.D., March 20, 2017

Karate-do, or any other martial art, is, at its core quite simple. However, it can be made far more complex than what it actually is. The multitude of techniques, combinations, kata, and partner drills—combined with nebulous concepts like "use your hips," "lower your stance," "do budo karate," "make more kime," and "use your ki"—can make martial arts seem overwhelming. More >>

Learning Training Sequences of Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 16, 2017

Every taiji master has his own sequence of training, emphasizing his methods and content. The following is a list of general training procedures according to my experience with three taiji masters and his teaching experience of more than thirty years. More >>

Radiant Lotus Qigong for Women

Daisy Lee, March 6, 2017

Throughout China, Japan, India, Egypt and other Eastern countries, the beautiful lotus flower is famed for its ability to grow in muddy, stagnant waters, absorbing what is useful and releasing what no longer supports its optimum health.  Amidst challenging conditions, it breaks through the darkness to bring light, beauty, strength and grace to our world. More >>

The Karate Science of Wrist Rotation

J.D. Swanson Ph.D., February 27, 2017

I was reading through one of my martial arts group news feeds the other day on Facebook, and I stumbled across a question posed by one of the members. The question was based on the fact that, as we all know, a block is not a block, but rather a receiving technique. With this in mind, he questioned the application of blocks and their ability to serve as deflection techniques, and moreover how the rotation of the wrist at the actual point of impact plays this role. More >>

About a Real Fight

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, February 20, 2017

Before you get into a fight, you must first ask yourself a few things: Is this fight necessary? What is my motivation in this fight? What are my chances of winning? What will the consequences be? More >>

Fighting Physics: The Mechanics of the Staff

Chris Hall, February 13, 2017

Physics is one broad brushstroke of a topic! If we got technical, we could talk about how the atoms of the staff and the arrangement of the wood fibers along its length give the staff its unique characteristics, capabilities and combat effectiveness. More >>

Sumo: David vs. Goliath

Andrew Zerling, February 10, 2017

In Malcolm Gladwell's very popular book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, the author deeply explores the lessons behind the three-thousand-year-old Biblical story of how the small young David defeated the giant warrior Goliath. More >>

Simple Drills Worth Knowing

Rory Miller, January 30, 2017

The following are important things, some little, some major, that lend themselves well to simple drills or exercises. Backing up is almost never the answer. Unless you are excellent at reading and remembering tactical terrain, you might not know what or who is behind you. More >>

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