Latest News and Events
Over Two Million Views on YMAA Video Channel
May 15, 2013
The YMAA YouTube channel has reached a milestone of over two million views on our preview trailers and streaming videos. To celebrate this auspicious occasion, the DVDs related to all of the most popular videos are half price on this special sale page. The YMAA video channel has over 90 videos, arranged in the playlists "YMAA Previews", which features trailers for all YMAA DVDs, "Rent YMAA Videos", which features 10 full-length video segments from various programs, and "Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming", which features a collection of Dr. Yang videos from various sources, dating back to the 1980s. Thanks to all those who have viewed the videos, and please subscribe to the YMAA video channel..
Grand Master Richard Chun Receives Pioneer Award
May 6, 2013
The United States Taekwondo Grand Masters Society presented Grand Master Richard Chun with the “Pioneer Award,” which is the most prestigious award in Taekwondo. The event was held at the 8th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony in Fort Lee, N.J. this past April. On hand to share this momentous occasion were many distinguished members of the United States Taekwondo Association, Mrs. Karin Chun, friends, family and former students. Grand Master Richard Chun is the author of Tae Kwon Do—The Korean Martial Art and Advancing in Tae Kwon Do (YMAA Publication.) He is the co-author with Master Doug Cook of Taekwondo Black Belt Poomsae Original Koryo and Koryo, YMAA upcoming publishing date of July 2013.
Lisa B. O'Shea Qigong for Women Seminars in N. Carolina, June 8-9
Apr 4, 2013
Both men and women are invited to attend this seminar. Much of the info applies to men as well - cardiovascular health, hypertension, hormone balance, sex drive, digestive problems and many more. Register on Lisa's website (enter code "25offNC" for $25 discount). Hosted by Magic Tortoise Taijiquan at New Hope Camp & Conference Center, 4805 N Carolina 86, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. She is the Founder of the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester and has been teaching Qigong and Tai Chi for over 18 years. Lisa was the first to receive full Master-level certification in Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming's Qigong program. Ms. O'Shea is also a certified Qi Healer through the Chinese Healing Arts Center. Lisa is the author of the YMAA DVDs Qigong for Healing and Qigong for Women.
Ramel Rones Holds Sunrise Tai Chi Seminars at Boston YMAA
Mar 13, 2013
YMAA author, Ramel Rones, will hold two seminars, at Boston YMAA School. On Sunday, April 28 will be “Sunrise Tai Chi, Meditation, Movement and Visualizations.” On Sunday, May 5, will be “Sunrise Tai Chi Sunrise Form and Energy Work. Both are set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration and more information may be found on the Boston YMAA web site.
Sunrise Tai Chi is a series of powerful mind/body exercises that awaken the senses, stimulate the mind, and fill your body and spirit with abundant energy. In this two-part seminar you will learn to revitalize your health and well being through deep relaxation, breath, meditation, stretching and strengthening techniques. You will learn to boost your energetic system using the mind and the sun and free your skeleton from being a prisoner of soft tissue.
Ramel (Rami) Rones is a champion martial artist on the leading edge of Qi Gong therapies for patients with cancer, fibromyalgia and arthritis. He is the author of the bestselling book and DVD Sunrise Tai Chi. Ramel has worked with numerous hospitals and research centers including, Harvard Medical School, Boston Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, Children's Hospital Boston, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Master Doug Cook to Teach Taekwondo Seminar in the South of France
Mar 13, 2013
Master Doug Cook, 6th degree black belt, owner of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy and YMAA author, will lead a martial arts training retreat at Borio Blanco, in Puylaurens France from Sunday, Aug. 4 through Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. The event will provide students with an opportunity to hone, refine and deepen their taekwondo skills.
The retreat includes lodging in a 17th century chateau farmhouse, meals prepared on premises from local ingredients, training fees and transportation during the stay. For details, contact the Chosun Taekwondo Academy
Doug Cook, is the author of three best selling award winning books, Taekwondo: A Path to Excellence, Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior and Traditional Taekwondo: Core Techniques, History, and Philosophy. In July 2013 Doug Cook and Grandmaster Richard Chun will publish Taekwondo Black Belt Poomsae, Original Koryo and Koryo. Doug Cook is an award-winning staff writer for Taekwondo Times Magazine and a six-time gold medalist in the New York State Taekwondo Governor’s Cup.
Master Yang, Jwing-Ming Indiana Seminar in March
Feb 20, 2013
Life Systems Martial Arts and Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu of Indianapolis will host Master Yang Jwing-Ming for two days of seminars on March 23-24, 2013. On March 23 (Saturday) from 9am to noon will be Chin Na levels 1 and 2 and from 2pm to 5pm, Chin Na level 3 and level 6 counters. On March 24 (Sunday), from 9am to noon will be Qigong-1 (Qigong Theory and Spine Qigong) and 2pm to 5pm, Taiji Pushing Hands and Martial Applications. Visit Facebook for details, or contact Life Systems martial Arts at 520 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood, IN. (317) 889-5556
Dr. Aihan Kuhn Offers Seminar, March 1 - 3
Jan 22, 2013
This special weekend with Dr. Aihan Kuhn provides you the opportunity to learn how to heal with TCM, qigong, and Tai Chi. All participants will develop emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. No matter what your challenges are, this conference will be of great benefit to you. Call with any questions about the Natural Healing & Prevention Conference at 508.380.0449, or email info @ tqhi.org The seminar is March 1-3 at The Boston Langham hotel. Save 10% when 2 people register and 20% with 3 or more people. Read more.
Zhou, Xuan-Yun in Washington DC Events
Dec 27, 2012
YMAA author Zhou, Xuan-Yun will lecture and perform in Washington, DC Jan. 31 - Feb 4, 2013. On Thursday, Jan 31, Master Zhou will be the lead performer in the Chinese New Year Celebration of the Chinese Embassy of Washington, DC. On Friday, Feb 1 at 12 noon Xuan Yun will give a lecture/demonstration about the Wudang Daoist arts at the United States Library of Congress. Acting as the Wudang representative in America, Xuan Yun will make the official donation of a collection of pictures, videos, and printed materials about Wudang Mountain that will be made into a special collection at the Library of Congress. On Saturday, Feb 2, 10am to 4pm, Master Zhou will lead workshops highlighting the health, wellness, and Wudang martial arts forms. On Sunday, Feb 3, there will be a closed meeting of Wudang martial artists from around the U.S. to discuss goals and strategic planning for the benefit of Wudang Daoist internal martial arts. And on Monday Feb 4, Master Zhou will be staying in the D.C. area for an extra day in order to meet the demand for private lessons and classes. Those interested in scheduling time with him can contact Stephanie_Mayer @ bullis.org. Please visit Master Zhou's website, DaoistGate.com.
YMAA Author Rory Miller Discusses Reality of Violence on The Survival Podcast
Dec 19, 2012
Jack Spirko, The Survival Podcast, interviewed Rory Miller on Dec. 18 on the topic of the reality of violence, which unfortunately is an applicable topic in lieu of today’s headlines. Miller’s philosophy on violence can be summed up this way…“It is better to avoid than to run; better to run than to de-escalate; better to de-escalate than to fight; better to fight than to die. The very essence of self-defense is a thin list of things that might get you out alive when you are already screwed.” Rory Miller has been a Corrections Officer, a Sergeant, a Tactical Team member and a Tactical Team Leader. He has taught corrections and enforcement personnel skills from first aid to physical defense to crisis communication and mental health. Miller is also the author of Scaling Force: Dynamic Decision-Making Under Threat of Violence, Force Decisions: A Citizens Guide to Understanding How Police Determine Appropriate Use of Force, Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected, and Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence.
Lisa B. O'Shea Qigong Seminars in Florida, Feb & March
Dec 19, 2012
Lisa B. O'Shea, YMAA author and certified Qigong Master, will be offering a weekend seminar on Qigong exercise, hands-on Qi Healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and meditation in Palm Coast, FL Feb. 23-24, 2013. Lisa is also offering a weekend Qigong seminar in Vero Beach, FL Mar. 2-3, on women's health covering: TCM, women's health issues, Healthy Balance Qigong, Qi Healing techniques, meridian points, nutrition, meditation, energy issues relating to emotions and relationships, and mindfulness. Seminar is open to both men and women. 14 CE hours awarded. She is the Founder of the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester and has been teaching Qigong and Tai Chi for over 18 years. Lisa was the first to receive full Master-level certification in Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming's Qigong program. Ms. O'Shea is also a certified Qi Healer through the Chinese Healing Arts Center. Early Bird Bonus if registered in early Jan 2013. For more details please visit her website. Lisa is also featured in a new article in the Examiner by Violet Li discussing her latest DVD, "Qigong for Women".
YMAA Authors Attend Loren Christensen Book Signing in Seattle
Dec 12, 2012
YMAA "street defense" authors, Kris Wilder, Lawrence Kane, and Rory Miller, attended Loren Christensen's book signing for Dukkha—The Suffering at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop on December 8. This is Christensen's first novel, but he is well schooled in his writing craft with over 45 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles. In addition to writing, he has earned 11 black belts and is a retired police officer. Learn more about Loren Christensen, his new book, Dukkha—The Suffering, A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller, and his other writings on Martial Secrets, hosted by Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane.
Interview with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming by Matt Apsokardu for Ikigaiway
Dec 12, 2012
Matt Apsokardu of Ikigaiway blog, recently interviewed Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming about his early life, coming to America knowing he would no longer have access to his instructors, thoughts about his willingness to share ancient methods openly both in teaching and in writing, his future outlook for tai chi and qigong, and his latest project, YMAA Retreat Center. It's a fascinating two-part interview with some new light on Dr. Yang's past and his prognosis for the future of traditional Chinese arts.
YMAA Books Receive Awards from USA Book News
Dec 12, 2012
USABookNews.com announced that three YMAA books were selected to receive awards. This year's recipient books are Force Decisions: A Citizen's Guide to Understanding How Police Determine Appropriate Use of Force by Rory Miller as a winner in the "Current Events" category. Two winners announced in the "Sports:General" category are Krav Maga:Weapon Defenses by David Kahn as a winner and Taekwondo: Defense Against Weapons by Kim, Bok Man as a finalist. Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 100 categories covering print, e-books and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in 2011 and 2012. USABookNews.com is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.
YMAA Author, Lawrence A. Kane, Quoted in "Don't Get Jacked Around by Carjackers"
Nov 26, 2012
Lawrence Kane, YMAA author, was quoted in the article “Don’t Get Jacked Around by Carjackers” in Car Insurance Quotes, by Gina Roberts-Grey. The article stated that according to the Federal Bureau of Justice statistics, there are about 38,000 carjackings in the United States annually with three-fourths of them involving a gun, knife, or other weapon. Kane said these jackings are often a result of gang initiation, a source of quick cash for drug addicts, or a quick thrill for teens. There is also a seven-point list to reduce your odds of becoming a victim. Lawrence Kane is a martial artist, author of Surviving Armed Assaults: A Martial Artists Guide to Weapons, Street Violence and Countervailing Force, and co-author of several other award winning books. Listen to Lawrence Kane's comments about carjackings on Martial Secrets.
YMAA Author on Tour: Loren Christensen Book Signing Event in Seattle Dec. 8.
Nov 26, 2012
YMAA author, Loren W. Christensen, author of Dukkha—The Suffering, A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller will hold a book signing event on Saturday, Dec. 8 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., Seattle, Wash. (206) 587-5737. The storyline for Dukkha comes from the author's years of experience as a martial artist, Army Military Police Officer, and as Portland Police Officer in Oregon. The book is a high-octane martial arts mystery thriller that will have you gripped from the start. In the course of one week, everything Detective Sam Reeves believed in, everything he knew and trusted, would be put on the line, for a family he never knew he had. You'll never complain about a hard-week again. Christensen has been a professional writer since 1978 and has written 40 books, dozens of magazines articles and edited a police newspaper. This is his first novel. Can't make the book signing? Here's how you can preorder a signed copy and have it shipped.
YMAA Author Rory Miller on Fox 40 WICZ News
Nov 26, 2012
Did you ever wonder how you would react if you were assaulted or attacked? YMAA author, Rory Miller, answers this question and demonstrates other real life situations in a seminar hosted by “The Power of One MMA” in Vestal, N.Y. Watch some of the action on video at Fox 40 WICZ.com and learn more. Rory Miller is an internationally recognized expert in preventing and de-escalating violence. He also served as a corrections officer and tactical team leader. His current book co-authored with Lawrence A. Kane is Scaling Force Dynamic Decision-Making Under Threat of Violence, which emphasizes “Use too much force and you are going to jail; use too little force and you’re in for a world of hurt.”
Lisa B. O'Shea Certified as Qigong Master
Nov 15, 2012
Lisa B. O'Shea has received the first-ever YMAA Qigong Master certification from Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. Lisa began her studies with Master Yang in 1997. Lisa says: "I'm very proud to be a student of YMAA and I feel extremely fortunate to have Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming as my teacher. I've been studying with Dr. Yang for 15 years and every time I study with him I learn something new. He is constantly developing his depth of knowledge. My trip out here to YMAA CA Retreat Center has been amazing and rewarding." Congratulations to Lisa and Dr. Yang on this great accomplishment. Lisa is the author of the YMAA DVDs "Qigong for Healing" and "Qigong for Women".
YMAA 30-Year Anniversary Celebrated Around the World
Nov 8, 2012
YMAA schools recently celebrated 30 years as an association of martial arts schools around the world during October 2012. A Facebook page collected many greetings and videos from YMAA students and school directors, which were then shown to Dr. Yang as a surprise as he completed a teaching tour across Europe. You may find a YMAA school closest to you on the official school list. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and son Nicholas Yang offered a message regarding the anniversary, and an update of current news and upcoming events. Photo: YMAA Venezuela.
YMAA South Africa Students Win Gold
Sep 20, 2012
The students of YMAA South Africa recently competed in a Sanshou tournament and two of them received gold medals. Watch this excellent video of their warm up, training, and competition, produced by Sean van Eeden, and get a look inside YMAA South Africa with school director Corlius Birkill, who started studying with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming in 1995.
Sunset Tai Chi Receives Silver Award
Sep 17, 2012
Sunset Tai Chi—Simplified Tai Chi for Relaxation and Longevity by Ramel Rones with David Silver received the Silver Medal Award from the Living Now Book Awards in the category of “Exercise/Fitness/Yoga.” The Awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books in lifestyle categories from cooking and fitness to parenting and spirituality. In all, 94 medals were awarded in 29 categories, chosen from 488 total entries submitted from the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Sunset Tai Chi is part of the Sunrise/Sunset series of books and DVDs to relax and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. Ramel Rones is a world-renowned martial artist and author. He is a qigong instructor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a consultant of mind/body therapies at Harvard and Tufts medical schools, and at Children’s Hospital Boston. His current research includes studies on tai chi for rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, prostate cancer, and cystic fibrosis.
YMAA Author David Khan Interview on Edge Radio Sept. 14
Sep 12, 2012
Joseph O'Brien of Edge Radio interviewed YMAA author David Kahn about his new book, Krav Maga:Weapon Defenses. It will air Friday, September 14 at 9 p.m. AEST. (New Zealand time) Listeners can hear the broadcast or can download the iPhone app. David Kahn is the United States Chief Instructor for the Israeli Krav Maga Association. Israeli Krav Maga is the Israel Defense Force's official self-defense system. He has trained all branches of the U.S. military in addition to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
YMAA Summer Camp in South America with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
Sep 5, 2012
The YMAA South American Summer Camp will be held in Pucon, Chile from February 13th - 23rd, 2013. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Nicholas Yang, Jonathan Chang, Daniel Chadud (YMAA Southamerica HQ director) and other YMAA instructors will teach lessons in Qigong (Chi Kung), Meditation, and Tai Chi Chuan. Everybody is welcome to attend, from any school, any discipline, and any level of experience. Over the years, YMAA Chile has received visitors from several different countries, including Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, and Ecuador. The YMAA International family will celebrate a fantastic meeting together! The training, practice, and activities during these 11 days will be a unique and unforgettable experience. We have a limited number of spaces, which we expect to fill up very quickly, so please try to plan fast and reserve as soon as possible.
Doug Cook Comments on New Olympic Rules for Taekwondo and Awards
Aug 21, 2012
In a recent telephone interview, YMAA author, Doug Cook, 6th dan black belt, spoke to Univision News about the new rules for Taekwondo at the Olympic London games. Cook told Univision that these rules were set into place since the Beijing Games. He said the contest mat had been reduced from 10m x10m to 8m x 8m to ensure that athletes do not run away and avoid the fight. Higher scoring points will go to special spin kicks to the opponent's head. He believed that the new rules would bring more action to the sport. The article stated that Taekwondo is a full contact sport, where the object is to land kicks and punches on your opponent's scoring zones. Cook is certified as an instructor and is ranked by the United States Taekwondo Association. Paige McPherson and Terrence Jennings each took bronze medals for the United States. Neither Steven nor Diana Lopez were able to gain the podium.
Doug Cook is author of Taekwondo—A Path to Excellence, Traditional Taekwondo—Core Techniques, History, and Philosophy, and Taekwondo—Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior.
YMAA Author Rory Miller on Fox Morning News
Aug 14, 2012
YMAA author Rory Miller was slapped in the face on Fox morning news...to make a point. Mr. Miller is a self-defense expert and author who has received a great response to his books Meditations on Violence and Facing Violence, which discuss the difference between martial arts training and real-world violence. He explains how very often, the problem with self-defense involves getting past the intial mental freeze or delay in responding when you are attacked.
Training and Cultural Tour in Korea (by Master Doug Cook)
July 30, 2012
At one time or another almost every martial artist dreams of visiting the country from which their chosen discipline has evolved. To the karateka, that region is Okinawa; to the kungfu practitioner, it is China. But, to the taekwondoist, it is a peninsula rich in greenery with mountains masked in swirling mists that rush to meet the sky. This enchanted nation is called Korea: Land of the Morning Calm.
Couple this desire with the opportunity to train alongside revered icons in the martial arts community and you are presented with a winning formula for a highly rewarding adventure. Few people are given the opportunity to genuinely realize this dream. Yet, that is exactly what twenty students from the Chosun Taekwondo Academy, Warwick, New York, a local martial arts and hatha yoga center, did this July when they visited Korea – the homeland of taekwondo.
“This was our school’s sixth training tour of Korea and I am already planning another excursion for 2014. I urge anyone interested in the martial arts to join us,” said Master Doug Cook, head instructor and 6th degree black belt.
Rory Miller Podcast for Police-The Law Enforcement Magazine
July 16, 2012
Paul Clinton, web editor, Police-The Law Enforcement Magazine, interviews Rory Miller in the magazine's monthly author podcast. Miller is martial artist, award-winning author and veteran correction officer. In this podcast, he discusses his latest book, Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected, which is a follow up to his earlier book, Meditations on Violence. In his interview with Police Mag he speaks about the seven elements that must be addressed to bring self-defense training to something 'complete.' He explains the "monkey dance," provides a counter-ambush strategy, and discusses how officers can break "the freeze" that may occur when engaging a violent suspect. This is a good interview for those interested in the context of self-defense.
YMAA Retreat Center Students Win at Martial Arts Tournament
July 10, 2012
The disciples of the YMAA Retreat Center long-term kung fu training program recently competed in Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine's annual martial arts tournament. Jonathan Chang was named Kung Fu Grand Champion in the 18 & over Advanced category. He also placed 2nd in both Traditional Long Weapons and Traditional Short Weapons. Nicholas Yang received 1st place in Advanced Traditional Kung Fu Southern Fist (performing Yao Gu + Tiger + Ba Mei Shou), as well as 3rd place in both Advanced Traditional Kung Fu Northern Fist and Advanced Traditional Kung Fu Short Weapon. Javier Rodriguez won 1st place for Taiji Sword, 1st place for Moving Push Hands, and 2nd place for restricted Push Hands. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming was invited along with other Masters as a guest of honor, and he performed Northern Shaolin Sword at the Gala celebration.
Eddie Newsinger from the UK, a candidate student, received 1st place in both Traditional Northern Barehand and Traditional Long Weapons. Visiting guests Alex and Michelle Lin, Ruby Elliot, and Julian Cloete (YMAA NZ) also competed and placed well. Congratulations to all the competitors, and to our friends at Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine for their 20th anniversary. Excellent photos of the event by Kevin Ho and others are posted on Facebook.
Dr. Yang and the Disciples at the YMAA Retreat Center Offer Online Seminars
July 9, 2012
Dr. Yang and the disciples at the YMAA Retreat Center are preparing to offer online YMAA seminars and private lessons/consultations beginning as early as September 2012. This will allow interested practitioners from all over the world to participate in YMAA classes and lessons with just an Internet connection.
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David Kahn Holds Two Book Signing Events in New Jersey During July
June 26, 2012
David Kahn, author of Krav Maga: Weapon Defenses will hold two book signing events in New Jersey. Kahn is the United States Chief Instructor for the Israeli Krav Maga Association. He will be at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, July 14 at 3 p.m. at the Market Fair Mall, 3535 U.S. Rt. 1 South, Princeton, N.J. and on Friday, July 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the PX, 3452 Broidy Road, Joint Base McGuire-Dix, Lakehurst, N.J. In addition to signings, Kahn will discuss several chapters and also demonstrate techniques from the book. This defense system is simple, instinctive, adaptable, and can be brutally effective. These techniques are incorporated into the green, blue, brown, and black belt levels of the Israeli krav maga curriculum. And it is used in all branches of the United States military and law enforcement. However, regardless of strength, size, age, or gender, you can learn techniques at an expert level to fend off any armed attacker—swiftly, powerfully, and decisively.
YMAA Books Receive Awards from ForeWord Book of the Year
May 2, 2012
ForeWord Reviews announced that two YMAA Publication Center’s books, Shin Gi Tai—Karate Training for Body, Mind, and Spirit by Michael Clarke and Sunset Tai Chi—Simplified Tai Chi for Relaxation and Longevity by Ramel Rones with David Silver, were selected as Finalists in the Sports category for the “2011 Book of the Year Awards. In a written release, ForeWord Reviews stated that more than 700 publishers submitted works for consideration and that the finalists were selected from 1,200 entries in 60 genre categories. Librarians and booksellers, who are on the front lines, working everyday with patrons and customers, choose award winners.
New Video Interview with Dr. Yang
Apr 23, 2012
Ian Wittenber, formally a student at YMAA Andover from 1999 to 2003, recently visited Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and the students of the 10-year kung fu program at the YMAA California Retreat Center and produced this short video, "If I Can Conquer Myself". Ian works as a Media Producer making videos for CrossFit. This video is part of a feature about Dr. Yang and the Retreat Center for Again Faster Equipment.
Kris Wilder Seminar, Columbia, Mo. April 28-29
Apr 9, 2012
By return request YMAA author, Kris Wilder, will be holding a seminar on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at the Stephens Lake Activity Center, 2311 E. Walnut St., Columbia, Mo. Regardless of your style, the material arts Wilder teaches goes beyond system, and although he is a Goju-Ryu stylist, it makes no difference. He will teach two days of mechanics, application and strategy. You will go deeper into your art. Guaranteed.
Listen to the experts talk about Kris Wilder:
• " Kris Wilder is one of those rare martial artists who is highly-skilled and can also teach as well. While his (Wilder's) books are worth every penny, his hands-on instruction is beyond price. "—Lawrence Kane. Author of: Surviving Armed Assaults and Martial Arts Instruction
• " His (Kris') structural striking embodied the concept of short and simple ... I've seen a lot of these things done in static positions. Kris can do them moving ... "—Rory Miller, author of Force Decisions—A Citizens Guide to Understanding How Police Determine Appropriate Use of Force
David Kahn Intensive Krav Maga Seminar in Boston
Mar 28, 2012
YMAA author, David Kahn, will hold an intensive Krav Maga seminar with the U.S. IKMA (Israeli Krav Maga Association) in Boston, Mass. on Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Krav Maga Yashir, 393 Main St., Medford, Mass. The seminar is suitable for beginners and advanced students as well as those with no prior training experience. The first day will concentrate on solutions to unarmed assaults and teach the core combatives (punching, kicking and striking) along with escapes and ground survival tactics, with the second day looking more at defenses against weapons. Kahn trains local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies along with select military units including the U.S. Marines Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and United States Air Force security forces. He is certified by the State of New Jersey Department of Public Safety Criminal Justice Division Police Training Commission. David Kahn is the author of the upcoming book, Krav Maga—Weapon Defense, June 2012, YMAA Publication Center, Inc.
Lisa B. O'Shea in Tai Chi magazine
Mar 26, 2012
Lisa B. O'Shea, YMAA author and certified Qigong Instructor, is featured on this month's cover of T'ai Chi magazine. Published since 1977, this excellent magazine features Lisa's article about "Qigong for Cholesterol" in their Spring 2012 issue. In addition, Lisa will be offering a series of weekend seminars on Qigong exercise, hands-on Qi Healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Nutrition and the Standard Tai Chi Short Form. She is the Founder of the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester and has been teaching Qigong and Tai Chi for over 18 years and was the first to receive full instructor level certification in Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming's Qigong program. Ms. O'Shea is also a certified Qi Healer through the Chinese Healing Arts Center. She will be offering Summer seminars in a variety of locations: Boston MA, Chapel Hill NC, Old Lyme CT, Rochester NY, and Syracuse NY. For more details please visit her website.
Article "Devaluing the Black Belt" in TaeKwonDo Magazine By Doug Cook
Mar 20, 2012
When you achieve a black belt there is a belief that you have reached a certain level of proficiency that can be transferred from one dojang to another. Or is there? Doug Cook touches upon this question in his article, “Devaluing the Black Belt” in TaeKwonDo Times magazine. He also queries, should there be some allowance or margin for error when awarding a black belt? Are children sufficiently aware of the consequences of unbridled martial skill? Cook attempts to answer these pressing issues and points out that the World TaeKwonDo Federation and the International TaeKwonDo Federation have worked to unify the art under one banner so the curricula is the same whether you attend a dojang in a strip mall, one on the corner in your hometown, or at a major institution in a large city. Too often dollars trump tradition with black belt test fees tempting fodder for less than scrupulous instructors who push students through these ranks. This onerous practice not only cheats the student of authenticity, but devalues the black belt itself, that if earned, represents a birth certificate of sorts, genuinely welcoming the practitioner into the demanding and disciplined world of martial arts.
YMAA Retreat Center Students Win Gold in Martial Arts Tournament
Mar 7, 2012
YMAA Retreat Center students Jonathan Chang and Javier Rodriguez competed in the 2012 ICMAC martial arts tournament in Houston, TX, winning eight gold medals, two silver, and three bronze. Jon Chang was awarded Grand Champion for both the internal and external styles. Complete results: Jon Chang - Traditional Northern (Adv) - 1st, Traditional Weapons - Short (Adv) - 1st, Traditional Weapons - Other (Adv) - 1st, Traditional Weapons - Long (Adv) - 3rd, Yang Style Taijiquan (Adv) - 1st, Taiji - Other (Adv) - 2nd, Taiji Straight Sword (Adv) - 1st, Taiji Weapon - Other (Adv) - 1st, Traditional Northern Grand Champion, Taiji Grand Champion. Javier Rodriguez - Taiji Fixed Step Pushing Hands (<160) - 1st, Taiji Restricted Step Pushing Hands (<160) - 1st, Traditional Northern (Adv) - 2nd, Taiji Straight Sword (Adv) - 3rd, Continuous Sparring (Adv) - 3rd. Thanks to Nick Scrima for his continued efforts in promoting the traditional arts.
Dr. Yang Wins Reader's Choice Award
Feb 24, 2012
Over 11,000 readers voted to name Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming the "Best Author on Tai Chi Chuan" in the 2012 IMOS Journal Reader's Choice Awards. Dr. Yang has produced dozens of books and videos on the subject of Tai Chi, including his latest "Yang Tai Chi for Beginners". From Dr. Yang: "It's an honor to be nominated by IMOS Journal readers as a top writer of Taiji. It has been a long 30 years since I began this journey. When I quit my engineering job at 37 years old to embark on this path, I had no idea what to expect. It was a very difficult time, having no steady income and three children at home. I still remember doing my own typesetting, my own layout, and even self-developing my own photos in a dark room for the first few books I wrote. None of my success and YMAA's success would have been possible without the continued support of traditional martial artists worldwide, my readers, my students and friends, my children, and of course, my wife."
Tai Chi and Qi Gong Conference, Boston, March 2-4, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
The New England Tai Chi and Qi Gong Conference is set for March 2-4, 2012 at The Langham hotel, Boston, Mass. This weekend conference is for everyone, from those new to natural healing, to established practitioners. YMAA author, Dr. Aihan Kuhn, will be the instructor for two workshops, “Chinese Medicine for Everyday Life” and “Advanced Tai Chi Practice.” Other workshops will include “Qi Gong for Healing and Prevention” by Jeanne Donnelly, “Using Brain Gym for Personal and Professional Success” by Pam Formosa, “Beginning Tai Chi” and “Eight Brocade Qi Gong” by Joe Foley and “Five Elements Food Connections” by Maria Shea. For thousands of years, Chinese healing techniques and exercises have been used to treat certain conditions, stimulate the immune system and harmonize and balance the body's energy.
Doug Cook "Writer of the Year" in TaeKwonDo Times Hall of Fame
Feb 14, 2012
Master Doug Cook, a YMAA author and head instructor of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy, Warwick, New York, was recognized and inducted into the TaeKwonDo Times “2011 Hall of Fame” as “Writer of the Year.” Master Cook is 6th degree black belt. He is a traditionalist in the art placing great emphasis on the underlying philosophical principles and self-defense strategies surrounding taekwondo. His writings reflect these principles. He has shared this ideology with a column, “Traditions,” in TaeKwonDo Times for the past ten years, as well as numerous articles found in Black Belt magazine, Totally TaeKwonDo, and the United States TaeKwonDo Association Journal. He has authored three best-selling books entitled, Taekwondo—Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, Traditional Taekwondo—Core Techniques, History and Philosophy, and Taekwondo–A Path to Excellence, all published by YMAA Publication Center. A fourth book focusing on taekwondo poomsae, written in conjunction with Grandmaster Richard Chun, will be released in 2014.
Ikigaiway Interview with Author Loren Christensen is High-Octane
Feb 2, 2012
This interview found at Ikigaiway blog by Matthew Apsokardu gives some new insights into Loren W. Christensen, author of some 40 martial arts books, and many magazine articles as well as earning 11 black belts. Christensen is a multi-faceted writer based upon personal experiences from his teen years to his days as an MP in Vietnam, followed by years of service as an officer with the Portland Police Department. This interview not only touches upon his martial arts theories and self-defense training, but his honesty and love of writing comes through loud and clear. After reading this interview, it's understandable why he decided to write a martial arts thriller series about Detective Sam Reeves. The first book in the series is Dukkha—The Suffering (YMAA Publication). Sam Reeves is a veteran cop/martial artist suffering Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder who abruptly meets his father, a quirky, extraordinary martial artist. He thought his father died in a Vietnamese prison decades earlier. Son, father, and his beautiful American-Asian stepdaughter must battle a family seeking revenge on the son and battle thugs from Vietnam seeking revenge on the father. The interview brings Christensen's talents to the front page.
New YMAA Video Streaming
Feb 1, 2012
There are now ten videos available for streaming rental through the YMAA YouTube channel. YouTube has recently improved their video rental service and now includes worldwide streaming access. You do need to have a YouTube account to rent these videos. The price has been reduced to $3.99 for 30-day viewing access. Each full-length video features high-definition content from recent DVD releases, such as Kung Fu Body Conditioning, Knife Defense, and Qigong for Longevity. In most cases, this streaming video resolution is better quality than what is possible on YMAA DVDs, due to their length. The clip Qigong Meditation includes over an hour of guided one-on-one meditation instruction by Master Yang in the meditation gazebo at the YMAA Retreat Center in CA, as he teaches the progression from Embryonic Breathing through Four Gates Qigong to Martial Arts Grand Circulation Qigong. Based on the popularity of these initial offerings, we will continue to add more titles to this streaming video service. We welcome any feedback on this new YouTube feature.
Dr. Yang Visits Boston, February 2012
Jan 24, 2012
Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming is returning to the YMAA Boston headquarters school to offer seminars on the topics of Yang-style Tai Chi, Tai Chi Chin Na, Tai Chi Pushing Hands, Qigong theory, and Hard-style Qigong. The seminars page has more details on the classes, discounts, and lodging options. Dr. Yang will also offer weekly class in Qigong Healing and Tai Chi martial applications at YMAA Andover in February on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more info on the Andover class, call Alex at 978-475-2020.
Paying Tribute to a Legend… Honoring Grandmaster Richard Chun
Jan 23, 2012
Members of the United States TaeKwonDo Association and the Chosun Taekwondo Academy sponsored a long-overdue tribute to Grandmaster Richard Chun for his countless achievements and contributions to the art of taekwondo worldwide. In attendance were over 200 students and masters who participated in this surprise evening dinner this past December. In an article written by Master Doug Cook, an YMAA author, featured in the January issue of Totally TaeKwonDo at Page. 7, there is a complete account of the festive evening as well as a brief history of Grandmaster Chun's life and accomplishments. Cook's article gives kudos to this great man who influenced thousands of students worldwide and who continues to contribute greatly to the promotion of taekwondo both as a world sport and a traditional art. Grandmaster Richard Chun shares his knowledge through the written word, including Tae Kwon Do—The Korean Martial Art and Advancing in Tae Kwon Do both published by YMAA Publication Center.
Understanding the Range of Force by Rory Miller for LA Guardian Angels, Los Angeles Safety Patrols & Violence Prevention
Jan 11, 2012
In this article, posted on the LA Guardian Angels’ web site, YMAA Author, Rory Miller, describes appropriate force in citizen’s arrest and citizen’s options for violence prevention. You can talk about force as a matter of physics (F=MA) and you can talk, in interpersonal relationships, about coercion and manipulation and when and where in that fuzzy land of definitions ‘force’ or even violence, begins.
But for the purpose of this discussion, I’m going to use a simple definition: “When you make someone do something they do not want to do, or make them stop doing what they do want to do, you are using force.” By that definition, shooting someone to stop a rape in progress and the look your mother gave you when she saw you reaching for the cookie jar are both examples of force. If you intend to stop bad guys, whether in self-defense, defense of a third party, or under a duty to act as a sworn officer to enforce laws, you will be using force. And you will be expected and required, legally and morally to use the least force that you safely can.
Master Doug Cook Accepts Taekwondo Award from South Korean Ambassador
Jan 11, 2012
Master Doug Cook, head instructor of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy located in Warwick, New York, recently accepted an award for his editorial contributions to taekwondo from his Excellency, Duk Soo Han, Ambassador of the South Korea. The ceremony was Dec. 21, 2011 at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C.
At the urging of his instructor Grandmaster Richard Chun, Cook entered a national essay competition, “2011 Taekwondo Essay & Art Contest,” where he earned a first-place standing. A written statement issued by the Korean Embassy said, “The Embassy wishes to sincerely thank the more than 200 taekwondo practitioners who submitted entries this year, and to congratulate them on their accomplishments both in and out of the dojang.”
In addition to his many articles and monthly columns written for major martial arts magazines, Cook, a 6th degree black belt, has authored three best-selling books entitled: Taekwondo…Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, Traditional Taekwondo--Core Techniques, History and Philosophy, and Taekwondo–A Path to Excellence, all published by YMAA Publication Center. A fourth book focusing on taekwondo poomsae, written in conjunction with Grandmaster Richard Chun, will be released in 2014.
Welcome to New YMAA France School in Izernore
Jan 7, 2012
Yan Bellaunay, a long-time student of YMAA France has opened up a new YMAA school in Izernore, France. Yan will be offering classes in Taijiquan, Taijiquan Applications, and Qigong. He will be working closely with Victor Marques, the YMAA France Headquarters President. See the YMAA Izernore webpage.
Ramel Rones Guest Speaker on "Your Holistic Health" Radio Program
Dec 14, 2011
Ramel Rones, author with David Silver, of award winning books and DVDs, Sunrise Tai Chi—Simplified Tai Chi for Health & Longevity and Sunset Tai Chi—Simplified Tai Chi for Relaxation and Longevity, will be the guest speaker on “Your Holistic Health—Listen Now” weekly radio program on Monday, Dec. 19 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The host will be Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum, a holistic clinical pharmacist. Dr. Rosenbaum traveled to China in 2002 to study herbal research and global health care solutions, and now shares her expertise in non-traditional medicine with WMKV listeners on a weekly basis. Your Holistic Health gives its audience practical tips on how to integrate body mind spirit principles into everyday living, and each show focuses on wellness and prevention.
Thriller Writer John Donohue Holds Author Appearance/Reading in Boston
Nov 28, 2011
John Donohue, an expert in martial arts with a PhD in anthropology will hold an Author Appearance and Reading featuring his latest book, Kage—The Shadow, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Brighton Branch Library, 40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, Mass. (617) 781-6032. John Donohue is the author of numerous academic and popular articles and books including the Connor Burke/Yamashita thriller series, Sensei, Deshi, Tengu, and Kage. “Peppered with musings of Eastern philosophy, gritty cop lingo, and occasional understated humor, this mystery (series) will appeal to all kinds of readers…” Publisher’s Weekly.
Apply Now For Dr. Yang's 5-Year Training Program
Nov 23, 2011
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and the YMAA Retreat Center are now accepting applications for five more students in a full-time immersive traditional Chinese kung fu training program. Established in 2005, the Retreat Center in Northern California is intended to promote and preserve a high-standard of traditional martial arts. Currently, five students live and train with Dr. Yang on a daily basis as part of a 10-year master's program. These five exceptional students were accepted after an extensive application process. Now that the nonprofit Retreat Center is established, a second group of students will be accepted for study beginning in September 2013. All students who successfully complete the program will graduate in June 2018.
Michael Clarke Special Guest Instructor at Mt. Evelyn, Australia
Nov 17, 2011
Michael Clarke, 7th dan, will be the guest instructor at an all-inclusive three-day, karate camp, from Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 27 at the Mt. Evelyn Recreation Camp Victoria, Australia. Clarke is a lifelong karate student and follows the Okinawa Karate-Do tradition. His karate skills and insights are the perfect complement to Shotokan Karate. W. Stark, 6th dan JKA and other senior licensed instructors also will lead the camp. Clarke is the author of The Art of Hojo Undo—Power Training for Traditional Karate and his latest YMAA book, Shin Gi Tai—Karate Training for Body, Mind, and Spirit.
Three YMAA Books Receive Awards from USA Book News
Nov 17, 2011
On Nov. 1, 2011 three YMAA Publication books were announced as finalists in the National Best Books 2011 Awards sponsored by USABookNews.com, an online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses. YMAA finalists are: Kage—The Shadow by John Donohue in the "Fiction: Thriller/Adventure" category and two in the “Sports: General” category Sunset Tai Chi—Simplified Tai Chi for Relaxation and Longevity by Ramel Rones with David Silver and Facing Violence—Preparing for the Unexpected by Rory Miller. Jeffrey Keen, president and CEO of USA Book News, said this year’s contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries, which were then narrowed down to 500 winners and finalists.
An Interview with Master Doug Cook in Totally Tae Kwon Do Magazine
Oct 12, 2011
The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is an ancient Taoist classic. From it we learn that "everything happens in its appointed time." Master Doug Cook, 6th dan black belt, school owner, book author, and magazine writer, couldn't agree more. Where most practitioners begin their journey through the martial arts during their adolescent years, Master Cook began his taekwondo training in his late thirties; and if you ask him, he will confirm that the time was right. This interview by John Jordan appears in the October Totally Tae Kwon Do online magazine. It reveals a lot more about Doug Cook and touches upon his passion for writing, Taekwondo—Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, Traditional Taekwondo: Core Techniques, History and Philosophy and his most popular work to date, Taekwondo—A Path to Excellence, all YMAA Publications.
YMAA Author Kris Wilder TV Interview
Oct 7, 2011
YMAA Author Kris Wilder was interviewed October 5th on New Day, a Seattle-based TV program. In the video, Wilder discusses the concepts contained in the new book "How To Win a Fight". The book, co-authored with Lawrence Kane, is a republication of the "The Little Black Book of Violence"
Chin Na In Depth 10-Year Anniversary!
Sep 19, 2011
The price is now reduced on the Chin Na In Depth DVD series. These detailed instructional videos have been used worldwide by martial artists, police, and military personnel as the go-to guide for grappling and joint-locking techniques. Chin Na is effective for all martial art styles, and an important part of your self-defense training. These multi-language DVDs contain an encyclopedic overview of the art of Chin Na, with over 100 beginner, intermediate, and advanced techniques, including leg Chin Na and Chin Na counterattack. Seize control of your grappling skills with the Chin Na in Depth series. Now at the new lower price of $59.95 each.
Workshop Exploring I Ching
Sep 19, 2011
Doug Cook, YMAA author and director of Chosun Taekwondo Academy, will be hosting an intriguing exploration of the ancient Chinese classic, the I Ching. The workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Chosun Taekwondo Academy, 62 Main St., Warwick, N.Y. Jed Bark will be the speaker. I Ching has long been considered the cornerstone of Taoist doctrine, and he will discuss the history, principles, and also demonstrate the manipulation of The Book of Changes. Preregistration is suggested, as space is limited. There is no charge for this event.
Loren W. Christensen Inducted into Masters Hall of Fame
Sep 15, 2011
A new YMAA Publication author was recently inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame, Anaheim, Calif. receiving the Golden Life Achievement Award. Although new to YMAA as an author, Loren W. Christensen, is not new to the world of martial arts or writing. He is a Vietnam veteran, retired police office from Portland, Ore., a martial artist since 1965 and a prolific author of books and magazines. Over the years he has earned eleven black belts in three martial arts systems, 8th dan karate, 2nd dan aiki jujitsu and 1st dan arnis. Coming in January 2012, YMAA Publication Center will publish, Dukkha, a martial arts fiction book. The title is a Pali term that corresponds to such English words as pain, discontent, unhappiness, sorrow, affliction, anxiety, discomfort, anguish, stress, misery, and frustration.
Violence Dynamics Seminar with Rory Miller, Marc MacYoung, Kasey Keckeisen
Sep 8, 2011
"The Violence Dynamics" seminar focuses on using your martial art skills to defend against real world violence. Join Rory Miller, Marc MacYoung and Kasey Keckeisen Sept. 25 through Oct 2 for a week's worth of conflict applications taught by the best. There are evening and daily sessions available. The seminar will cover Conflict Communications, Edged Weapons, Practical Applications of Martial Art, and Martial Mechanics. The event will be held at Mermaid Convention Center, 2200 County Rd. 10, Mounds View, Minn. Prepayment is suggested in order to reserve your chosen session. Miller is an YMAA author with recent books, Facing Violence and Meditations on Violence, MacYoung has written 21 books and videos, and Keckeisen holds a teaching certificate from the International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation. All three are experts in violence and confrontation.
Sunset Tai Chi at Tufts School of Medicine
Aug 30, 2011
Tufts New England is featuring the Sunset Tai Chi book and DVD in their webstore! This program by Ramel Rones was used with fibromyalgia patients in a study at Tufts showing the benefits of Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia, which is a stress-related disease that affects millions, especially women. Tufts are offering a special package of the book and DVD together for $49.95.
Doug Cook Awarded 6th Degree Black Belt
July 5, 2011
YMAA author Doug Cook was recently awarded his 6th degree black belt at a promotion examination overseen by martial arts legend Grandmaster Richard Chun.
During the two-hour testing process, Cook was required to demonstrate proficiency in skills ranging from complex self-defense techniques, poomsae – the choreographed, dance-like formal exercises unique to taekwondo – and a period of free-sparring. The event culminated with the breaking of multiple pieces of wood with intense kicks and hand strikes, which is a dramatic component of the Korean traditional martial art expressing raw power and focus.
Aside from his teaching responsibilities as owner and head instructor at the Chosun Taekwondo Academy, Warwick, N.Y., Cook has authored three best-selling books, Taekwondo—A Path to Excellence, Traditional Taekwondo—Core Techniques, History, and Philosophy, and Taekwondo—Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior. He is featured regularly in various martial arts journals and periodicals.
Martial-Secrets, The Podcast
July 5, 2011
Our YMAA authors are always on the move teaching, writing, training and in this instance making a podcast. Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder, co authors of The Way of Kata—A Comprehensive Guide to Deciphering Martial Applications and The Way to Black Belt—A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results, have a crisp, informative, and fun podcast called Martial Secrets. You can get in on iTunes or directly from the website. Try it on for size; we think you will like it.
Dr. Yang and Students Attend Martial Arts Tournament
June 24, 2011
Dr. Yang, Jon Chang, Santi Costello, Patrick Manriquez, and Javier Rodriguez attended the 3rd Annual Tiger Claw Kung Fu Magazine Championship. The night before the tournament, Dr. Yang attended the welcoming banquet with Grandmaster Liang, Shou-Yu, Master He, Tao, GM Chu, Chi-Ling, and Master Grace Wu. Dr. Yang demonstrated Yang Taijiquan with jing during the tournament. Each of the students competed in several categories, and won several awards. Read more.
Rory Miller at YMAA Boston
June 24, 2011
Rory Miller, author of the widely-acclaimed book Meditations on Violence, will teach Self-Defense Tactics and How to Recover Under Overwhelming Force at YMAA Boston, in Jamaica Plain, MA on Friday, August 12th, from 6 - 9pm. Rory has over 2 decades worth of experience in various highly qualified positions, including corrections officer, sergeant, security guard, tactical leader, and Combat Medic in the National Guard. If time permits, Rory will be available to address any specific questions or scenarios that you may have in mind, including Environmental and Ground Fighting, Logic of Violence, and Conflict Communications.
Video on Nicholas Yang Seminar, Independence, Mo.
June 3, 2011
Blue River Martial Arts Club hosted a seminar with Nicholas Yang at Blue River Community College to benefit the college's Single Parent Book Loan Program. YMAA sponsored the program. The college recently created a video of that event held on April 1, 2. Yang is president of YMAA International and an instructor in Shaolin Long Fist Kung at the Boston school.
Books, Predators, and Messy Things Podcast—Martial Secrets Podcast Part 1
June 3, 2011
Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder interview Rory Miller on Martial Secrets Podcast. All three are YMAA authors, with award winning books, but this interview is focused on Rory Miller's new book, Facing Violence—Preparing for the Unexpected. Kane says that Miller's other book, Meditations on Violence—A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence is the cornerstone of keeping you from doing dumb things. But his new book really points out seven elements worthy of more discussion, including legal, violence dynamics, avoidance, counter-ambush, breaking the freeze, the fight, and the aftermath. Miller, with over 300 prison-fights and recently returning from Iraq, lives with reality and is not the dojo darling. Miller says that ambush and assault doesn't happen until you are in it and nothing normal happens as you learned in a dojo. He also commented that anytime you don't fight, it's a good thing. It's a fascinating 22 minute discussion with three major players. Watch for part 2 soon.
2011 Summer Seminars with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
June 2, 2011
Pre-registration for the 2011 California Summer Seminars ends on June 10. There are still a few spaces available, so if you are interested, please act quickly. Because of the YMAA International Summer Camp in Poland, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is offering five seminars at the YMAA California Retreat Center, instead of the usual six this year (July 22nd – August 26th). Summer seminars include: Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and Applications, Taiji Pushing Hands, Taiji Fighting Set, Qigong-1 (Qigong Theory and Spine Qigong), Qigong-5 (Qigong Massage). Register here.
You are also always welcome to train at the Retreat Center during the regular training times (September 1st – December 15th; January 16th – June 30th).
Dr. Helen Reviews Rory Miller's New Book, Facing Violence—Preparing for the Unexpected
June 2, 2011
Dr. Helen Smith, on her blog, which relates to commentary on popular culture and society mostly from a psychological perspective, recently reviewed Rory Miller's newest book, Facing Violence—Preparing for the Unexpected. The review can also be found at Instapundit. Dr. Smith said overall it's a very good book for learning specific techniques when confronted with violence and a good manual for young guys (or older ones) that tend to be hot-headed and need to learn to manage their anger. For those who are not criminals and predators, but just innocent potential victims, a clear mind allows focus and forethought on the task in front of you. If it is unexpected violence, a plan is good; a head clouded with legal fears is not. Dr. Helen Smith is a forensic psychologist who specializes in violent children and adults. She holds a PhD from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree from The New School for Social Research and one from the City University of New York.
The Eric Hoffer Award Presented to YMAA Authors for Excellence
June 2, 2011
The Eric Hoffer Award was presented to YMAA authors in the Health and Finalist categories.
In the Health category two books received recognition. Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes by Susan Lynn Peterson, Ph.D, which received recognition as 1st runner up. Tai Chi Ball Qigong for Health and Martial Arts by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and David Grantham received an Honorable Mention. Tai Chi Chuan Classical Yang Style—The Complete Long Form and Qigong by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming received a Finalist award. The list for all book recipients in the Health category may be viewed at The Hoffer Awards under Health. The list of Finalists may be viewed at Hoffer Finalists. A review is also posted under Health in the US Review of Books.
The Eric Hoffer Award was created to promote writers, authors, and independent presses. And The Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer.
New Director of YMAA Argentina and YMAA South American Regional Headquarters
May 16, 2011
Jorge Alberto Sobrero has been assigned as the new director of YMAA Argentina, following Mario Schwarz's resignation. We are confident in Jorge's abilities to represent YMAA and stay true to our mission. YMAA Argentina is now located in Córdoba, Argentina. Jorge stated, "The more confident I feel as an instructor, the more I want to teach and help other people improve ... I work with the intention of bringing to my students the experience of being in contact with Dr. Yang and the experience of being members of YMAA. Today it is a dream come true. YMAA has its branch in Córdoba, Argentina and we wish it grows more every day."
We are also assigning Daniel Chadud, the director of YMAA Chile, to the post of YMAA South American Regional Headquarters. Daniel has shown great resolution, dedication, and heart in the YMAA training, and we believe he will be an excellent leader in pioneering the traditional arts in South America.
See our official list of schools.
Milford JKA Shotokan Karate Club Welcomes YMAA Instructors
April 28, 2011
Milford JKA Shotokan Karate Club welcomes YMAA instructors Jeff Pratt and Mark Klein to Connecticut to provide instruction and guidance on pushing hands, the martial application and Health benefits of Tai Chi. Beginners to Advance Level are welcome to the 4 Day seminar. Each Seminar will be from 1-5pm on Saturday, the dates are 7 and 21 May and 4 and 18 June 2011. Please contact Tony Caldas at 203-993-0731 for directions, pricing and training curriculum. Discounts provided to those that register early.
YMAA Books Recognized by eLit Awards
April 28, 2011
Two books received eLit Electronic Book Awards from eLit Awards—Illuminating Digital Publishing Excellence. A gold medal was presented to A Sudden Dawn by Goran Powell in the Historical Fiction category. A gold medal was also presented to Tai Chi Chuan Classical Yang Style—The Complete Form and Qigong by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming in the Sports/Fitness/Recreation category. The eLit Awards celebrate the ever growing market of electronic publishing in the wide variety of reader formats. The program is presented by Jenkins Group Inc., a Michigan-based book publishing and marketing services company.
Nicholas Yang Has Successful Midwest Seminar
April 22, 2011
Nicholas C. Yang, president of YMAA International, and instructor in Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu Advanced Sequences DVD, donated his time and recently gave a two-day seminar at MCC: Blue River Community College, Independence, Mo. The seminar was hosted by the Blue River Martial Arts Club under the direction of Eric Parsons, martial arts instructor and teacher at the college. YMAA Publication Center was the sponsor. Proceeds from the seminar were donated to the college's Single Parent Book Loan Program. Attendees came from all over the Midwest to attend this seminar.
Ramel Rones Presents at Boston Public Library, April 28—Brighton, Massachussets
April 22, 2011
Learn how simplified tai chi can promote relaxation and longevity by world-renowned martial artist, Ramel Rones. He will present at the Brighton Library, 40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, Mass. on Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. (617) 782-6032.The audience will be invited to participation in an interactive demonstration of this popular form of mind and body exercise. The event is free and open to the public. He is the author of the Sunrise Tai Chi book and DVD series. Ramel Rones is a qigong instructor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a consultant at Harvard and Tufts Medical Schools. Using elements found in his newest book, Sunset Tai Chi—Simplified Tai Chi for Relaxation and Longevity, the New England Journal of Medicine recently published findings that Yang-style Tai Chi may be useful in treatment of Fibromyalgia.
Dr. Yang Interviewed by Brazil's Globo Esportes
March 30, 2011
Dr. Yang visited Brazil with his son Nicholas Yang, president of YMAA International, and Daniel Chadud, director of YMAA Chile. During his visit, Dr. Yang offered Chin Na seminars for practical self-defense. The Chin Na seminars were part the "Seminário Internacional da Confederação Sulamericana de Defesa Pessoal", held in Fortaleza, on March 26 and 27, and hosted by Mestre Paulo Braga. At the opening ceremony, Dr. Yang was greeted by the Military Police band of Ceara who played the national anthem of Brazil. TV Verdes Mares produced a short report for the Globo Esportes program and interviewed Dr. Yang (YouTube video).
Doug Cook attends Warwick New York Book Fair
March 30, 2011
Author Doug Cook will participate at a local author book fair on Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Albert Wisner Public Library, 1 McFarland Drive, Warwick, N.Y. His newest book, Taekwondo—A Path to Excellence is the recipient of "Best Book Finalist, USA Book News" and will be showcased at the event. Author of three books, Doug Cook holds a 5th dan and resides and teaches in Warwick, New York.
Kris Wilder Seminar—Application of Mechanics and Power—Sacramento
March 30, 2011
Kris Wilder will hold a seminar working five hours of mechanics and power generation, open to all styles, at Cerezo's Martial Arts, 7217 Florin Mall Drive, Sacramento, Calif. on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost $75 for the day. Visit Kris Wilder's website for more information or contact Sensei Cerezo. Wilder holds advanced degrees in Karate, Judo, and Taekwondo. He is the author of The Way of Sanchin Kata—The Application of Power and the companion DVD Sanchin Kata—Traditional Training for Karate Power. He is also co-author with Lawrence A. Kane, of Little Black Book of Violence—What Every Young Man Needs to Know about Fighting and several other books and DVDs.
Rory Miller, Conflict Communications - Seattle
March 18, 2011
Rory Miller, will present a seminar on conflict communications on Saturday, March 26 from 11a.m. – 8 p.m. at Northwest Martial Arts, 18102-102 Ave. NE Bothell, Seattle, Wash. The seminar will cover "Roots of Conflict," "Subconscious Scripts," "Escalation," and more. Cost is $95 in advance $120 at the door. Visit Rory Miller's website for more information. Rory Miller is the author of Meditations on Violence and his newest book Facing Violence—Preparing for the Unexpected will be available May, 2011 YMAA Publication Center.
YMAA YouTube Channel Update
March 3, 2011
The YMAA channel has been updated to include many new videos, including the full-length trailer for the new "Kung Fu Body Conditioning DVD". Subscribe now and be the first to see preview trailers for new releases, as well as related videos by YMAA authors and YMAA schools. During March, the YMAA YouTube channel will also begin to offer high-definition programs for rent through YouTube, starting with the Kung Fu Body Conditioning program, in sections: "Stretch and Warm Up - Part 1", "Conditioning Training - Part 2", "Tumbling - Part 3", "Qigong Meditation - Part 4", "Outdoor Training - Part 5". Additional YMAA videos will be added as quickly as possible.
Nicholas Yang Holds Seminar April 1, 2
February 24, 2011
Nicholas C. Yang will be conducting a two-day seminar on April 1, 2 at MCC: Blue River Community College, Rt. 78, Independence, Mo, sponsored by Blue River Martial Arts Club and YMAA. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Single Parent Book Loan Program. On April 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. will be the Shuai Jiao (Chinese Wrestling) seminar for those comfortable with break falls. On April 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be the White Crane seminar, which is open to all. You can read more about the seminar and registration at Blue River MA website. Nicholas Yang studied with his father, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming since age 8, and today he is President of YMAA International Boston Headquarters. He is the principle instructor of Shaolin and Taijiquan at the school.
Nicholas Yang Featured in Journal of Asian Martial Arts
February 21, 2011
For 20 years, the Journal of Asian Martial Arts has set a high standard of excellence in publishing and promoting the traditional martial arts. YMAA President Nicholas Yang is featured this month in the 20-Year Anniversary issue. In his article, "Reflecting on Traditional Martial Arts: Past, Present, and Future", Nicholas says ""It is one of my biggest dreams to see martial artists of all styles and backgrounds rise together in a united effort to redefine a higher caliber of training and morality, striving to constantly build upon our past, learn from our present, and cooperate together in friendship as a global community for the future." JAMA is available in print and as a digital edition.
YMAA Silk Uniforms Discontinued
February 21, 2011
During these past twenty-seven years, YMAA has developed and promoted a line of traditional silk martial arts uniforms using a high-quality noil silk fabric. Our uniforms have been widely adopted as school uniforms around the world. In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to maintain a consistency in manufacturing these uniforms. Raw noil silk is now more frequently blended into other silk fabrics, and as a result, it is becoming scarce, costly, and inconsistent for the high standards of our uniforms. We are committed to this line of traditional uniforms, and we are aggressively pursuing an alternative fabric. It is our hope to announce a new line of uniforms in the Spring 2011, and make them available later this summer.
The current silk inventory is selling fast, and already some sizes are out of stock permanently. Thank you for your patience with this matter.
Western Herbs is Editor's Choice
February 21, 2011
Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes by Susan Lynn Peterson was selected as an Editor's Choice for the Independent Publisher Online Magazine's Highlighted Titled Program. Editor's Choice books are honored each month for exhibiting superior levels of creativity, originality, and high standards of design and production quality. Here's what Jim Barnes, editor of Independent Publishing had to say, "Herbal medicine expertise has long been the realm of Chinese practitioners, but Western martial artists need information about using Western herbs. This book brings a commonsense approach to treating injuries with 64 herbs readily available at American health food stores. By demystifying a complicated topic with well-organized, plainspoken advice, Dr. Peterson has given athletes a unique and valuable resource."
Dr. Yang Visits Boston, February 2011
January 28, 2011
Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming is returning to the YMAA Boston headquarters school to offer seminars on the topics of Yang-style Tai Chi, Pushing Hands, Taiji Fighting Set, Qigong theory, and Five Animal Sports Qigong. The seminars page has more details on the classes, discounts, and lodging options. Dr. Yang will also offer a weekly class on Five Animal Sports Qigong at YMAA Andover from February 8 through February 24. These six 2-hour classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays will include History of the 5 animal exercises, Intro to 5 elements theory, 5 healing sounds for the liver, kidney, spleen, heart and lungs, and the 5 animal sport qigong set. For more info on the Andover class, call Alex at 978-475-2020.
Dr. Yang Traveling to Chile and Brazil in March 2011
January 24, 2011
This March 2011, Dr. Yang will be traveling to Chile and Brazil, accompanied by his son Nicholas. They will be hosted by Daniel Chadud, director of YMAA Chile, while in Chile, and by Paulo Braga while in Brazil (Escola Chang Hung). Daniel will also be traveling with Dr. Yang and Nicholas to Brazil.
In Chile, the seminar will be from March 18-20th in Estadio Palestino de Santiago de Chile. The schedule will be Friday 18th, Qigong Meditation and Embryonic Breathing, and Saturday 19th, Taijiquan Form, and Sunday 20th, Pushing Hands.
In Brazil, Dr. Yang will be teaching Chin Na for practical self-defense. The first day on March 26th will be a course open to all students. The second day on March 27th will be a course for instructors. This will be Dr. Yang's first appearance in Brazil.
Arthur Rosenfeld Holds Tai Chi Workshop in Michigan
January 24, 2011
Arthur Rosenfeld will be conducting a two-day seminar on Feb. 19, 20, at the Quality Inn & Suites, 30375 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, Mich. Topics covered will be concept of circles and four directions of movement, peng, liu, ji, an. Other presentations will include philosophy, myths, and misunderstandings about weight shifting, force-against-force and advancing the idea of Dantian rotation. Space is limited. You can read more about the seminar and registration their website. Sifu Arthur Rosenfeld is a master in Tai Chi, author of YMAA martial arts fiction, The Cutting Season, Quiet Teacher, speaker and coach, filmmaker of Integrative Medicine series, and as seen on national PBS show "Longevity Tai Chi with Arthur Rosenfeld."
Award Recipient Doug Cook Featured in News Article
January 24, 2011
A recent article featured Doug Cook, YMAA author and owner of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy, receiving a Finalist Award for his latest book, Taekwondo—A Path to Excellence. The award was sponsored by the National Best Books 2010 Awards. The book focuses on the philosophy and virtues of traditional taekwondo, the Korean martial art of self-defense. This is Cook's third book. He is working on his fourth book in conjunction with martial arts pioneer Richard Chun, president of the U.S. Taekwondo Association.
Seminar on Herbs for Martial Art Injuries by Dr. Susan Lynn Peterson
January 17, 2011
Dr. Susan Lynn Peterson will hold a seminar "Western Herbs for Martial Arts Injuries" at Black Pine Martial Arts, 1116 S. Pantano Road, Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 from 3 to 5 p.m. Learn how to select, prepare, and use herbs to treat common injuries in the martial arts. Subject matter will include: "Basic Safety Principles when Using Herbs," "How to Prepare Infusions, Poultices, Ointments, and Oils," and "How to Select the Appropriate Herb for a Particular Injury." The class will focus on Western herbs readily available in grocery stores and health food stores. Fee $25. Please RSVP to Laura at (520) 909-1355. Peterson is the author of Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes.
New YMAA School in South of France
January 10, 2011
A new YMAA school in south of France (Cevennes), joins the YMAA community. YMAA Cevennes will be headed by Pierre Samouel. Classes are currently being held in two towns Generargues and Anduze. Two small pretty and traditional places for practice traditional internal martial arts of YMAA (Taijiquan style Yang) and Qigong. For more information please contact Pierre Samouel (esprit [dot] du [dot] bambou [at] gmail.com).
YMAA Authors in Tai Chi Top Ten List
January 6, 2011
A recent article by Violet Li named several YMAA authors in a list of top ten Tai Chi and Qigong events for 2010. Dr. Yang's Tai Chi teacher, Grandmaster Kao Tao is mentioned for succeeding in touring the US to offer seminars even while the economy was poor. Master Ren Guangyi released a short martial arts film about a dying Tai Chi master, featuring an appearance and music by his student Lou Reed. And Master Ramel Rones is named for his controlled-study with Dr. Chenchen Wang at Tufts School of Medicine using Tai Chi to heal fibromyalgia. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and are credited for having a "huge impact on raising the awareness of Tai Chi and Qigong among the general population."
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