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Taekwondo Celebrates 60th Birthday
Apr. 7, 2015
Taekwondo, the most popular martial art in the world today is a modern discipline with ancient roots and a multifaceted history. After the political turmoil and Japanese occupation in the first half of the twentieth century, the Korean government, seeking to reclaim a strong national identity, encouraged the different Kwans or martial arts institutes to unite under a common name.Today, most historians agree that it was General Choi Hong Hi (1918-2002) who, on April 11, 1955 created the name Taekwondo based on its close association with the indigenous Korean kicking art taekkyon. Following much debate and many political hurdles, consent was finally granted.
But to understand taekwondo's evolution lets start by defining the art...
"It is important to note the Taekwondo literally translated as "foot-hand-way," or "the way of striking with hands and feet,"...is not merely about kicking and punching. Rather it is an action philosophy that seeks to enrich the lives of those who diligently apply its honorable principles to their daily routine. For decades taekwondo has been the perfect medium for cultivating inner strength, extraordinary endurance, and an effective arsenal of defensive skills."Master Doug Cook from his book, Taekwondo - A Path to Excellence, published by YMAA Publication Center
How Steve Jobs Trained His Own Brain
Mar. 20, 2015
Steve Jobs wasn't only a pioneer in computer technology. He was also a pioneer in the technology of the brain. This article appeared in Inc. 5000, March 19, 2015, where Geoffrey James, columnist, points out that Steve Jobs used the same meditation method as Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, to train his brain, reduce his stress, gain more clarity, and enhance his creativity. James said that Jobs was mostly known for his legendary ability to create innovative, groundbreaking products. What's less known, though, is that Jobs was a pioneer in what was once a rather esoteric "mind technology"--the use of mindfulness meditation. "The mind technology of meditation has since gone mainstream…and companies as diverse as Target, Ford, Google have begun to teach their employees the same kind of mindfulness that Jobs embraced decades ago. I learned mindfulness meditation from world-renowned martial artist Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. From what I can tell from Jobs' description of his meditation, Yang's method is either identical or closely related to Jobs' own practice." Read more of this interesting article.
YMAA Video App in New York Times
Feb. 20, 2015
The YMAA video app "Yang Tai Chi for Beginners Part 1" has been featured in a recent New York Times article and video. The article by Kit Eaton says "Yang Tai Chi for Beginners is a comprehensive iOS and Android app for learning one of the more popular forms of Tai Chi. It uses video-based lessons to talk you through the precision movements of the form. The video demonstrations are backed up with text-based instructions and explanations of correct posture and what the movements are for and what they mean. The app has a short sample of its content available free, but the full content requires an in-app payment of $10. There's also a second app that completes the lessons." View the complete list of YMAA video apps here.
Zhou Xuan Yun Guest Speaker on NQA Qi Talks
Jan. 2, 2015
YMAA author, Zhou Xuan Yun, will be the featured guest speaker on National Qigong Association's "Qi Talks!" on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. EST. Vicki Dello Joio will host the interview which will be filled with qi information. Zhou Xuan Yun is a Daoist priest and will talk about the role of qigong in Daoist practice. He will discuss his personal experiences growing up in a Daoist temple on Wudang Mountain as well as the years he spent "cloud traveling" as a wandering monk. His interview will also include Daoist history and philosophy, and how Daoism has been practiced in China over the years. The event is free, but you must register in order to participate. Zhou Xuan Yun belongs to the Orthodox Unity sect of Daoism. He is the author of Wudang Kung Fu: Fundamental Training, Wudang Sword: Tai Yi Daoist Form and Applications and others.
YMAA Publication Center Celebrates 30 Years
Dec. 18, 2014
YMAA Publication Center is celebrating thirty years in business. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the survival rate of small businesses over 15 years old is about 25 per cent. Technological developments have put many publishing companies in stress or out of business. But YMAA Publication Center, a small company focusing on books and DVDs of Asian martial arts mostly—Chinese Martial Arts—has survived and continues to grow and thrive. Violet Li, columnist, The Examiner, writes an interesting blog article about this growth with early photos of Dr. Yang and David Ripianzi, publisher.
YMAA Books Receive FINALIST Awards
Dec. 3, 2014
USA Book News.com, an online magazine featuring independent and mainstream publishing houses, announced that YMAA Publication Center received three Finalist awards for their books. In particular, Simplified Tai Chi Chuan 24 Postures with Applications and Standard 48 Postures by Liang, Shou-Yu and Wu, Wen-Ching received a Finalist award in the Health, Diet & Exercise category. Both Dukkha Unloaded—A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller by Loren W. Christensen and Enzan The Far Mountain—A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller by John Donohue received a Finalist award in the Mystery/Suspense category.
Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 100 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2012-2014. Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News, said this year's contest yielded over 2,000, which were then narrowed down to over 400 winners and finalists.
Dr. Yang and Nicholas Yang Seminar Tour
Oct. 10, 2014
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and his son Nicholas are traveling during October 2014 to teach Tai Chi, Qigong, Pushing Hands, Chin Na, Shaolin White Crane, and more. Most classes are open to the public and offered by YMAA Schools and seminar hosts in Iceland, Ireland, France, Poland, Italy, and Portugal. YMAA students and school directors also have an opportunity at this time for testing and form corrections. Watch the seminars page for the most current info. YMAA has just passed its 32 year anniversary, and Dr. Yang congratulated everyone in YMAA International with this message.
U. S. Taekwondo Association Announces Seminar Hosted by Chosun Taekwondo Academy at Monroe-Woodbury High School, New York
Sep 23, 2014
The United States Taekwondo Association announced that Chosun Taekwondo Academy, Warwick, N.Y. was selected to host the 2014 United States Taekwondo Association Special Taekwondo Seminar (USTA) at Monroe-Woodbury High School, Woodbury, N.Y. on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seminar will feature a variety of classes taught by Grandmaster Richard Chun, a ninth-degree black belt and one of the highest-ranking master instructors in the country. Open to all martial artists regardless of school, affiliation or rank, the comprehensive curriculum will include education in basic technique, self-defense, forms, sparring drills and breaking. Information about this seminar may be found by contacting Chosun Taekwondo Academy at email@example.com, (845) 986-2288 or download a registration form at www.chosuntkd.com.
Master Doug Cook, head instructor of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy commented, "We are clearly delighted and honored to be given the opportunity to host a seminar of this nature rather than a competitive tournament." Chun and Cook, both YMAA authors recently published Taekwondo Black Belt Poomsae Original Koryo and Koryo and a companion DVD.
YMAA Author, Doug Cook, Escorts Students to Train in South Korea
Aug 12, 2014
Few martial artists practicing today are given the opportunity to train in the country from which their chosen discipline has evolved. Yet, that is exactly what thirty students from the Chosun Taekwondo Academy, did this past July when they journeyed to South Korea the homeland of taekwondo under the leadership of Master Doug Cook, 6th degree black belt. This was Cook's seventh training tour of South Korea. This tour included nine days of physical, cultural, and academic training. The itinerary included instruction by world-renowned grandmasters at the new Taekwondowon in Muju, the Kumgang Taekwondo Center and Kukkiwon in Seoul, the World Taekwondo Instructor Academy in Yangsu-ri, Golgulsa Temple in Kyongju, and the Dongyang Taekwondo Academy located on Jeju Island. Participants also traveled to Kyongju, the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom located in the southeast portion of the country.
Master Doug Cook stated, "It is an honor to provide our students with traditional training of this caliber mixed with the cultural exposure a martial pilgrimage offers; for that is truly what this adventure was – a path to enlightenment through the accumulation of ancient martial wisdom. I am already planning another excursion for 2016. I urge anyone interested in the traditional martial arts to join us."
Three Million Views on the YMAA Video Channel
Aug 12, 2014
The YMAA YouTube channel has passed a milestone of over three million views on our preview trailers and streaming videos. The YMAA channel has over 100 videos, arranged into playlists sorted by subject. "YMAA Previews" features trailers for all YMAA DVDs, plus bonus clips. "Rent YMAA Videos" features 10 full-length video segments from various programs available for rent. Other playlists focus of specific authors, such as "Nicholas Yang", "Rory Miller", Zhou, Xuan-Yun", 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.
Year 6 Complete at YMAA Retreat Center
Jul 1, 2014
The students of the 10-year training program with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming at the YMAA Retreat Center just completed their 6th year. This comprensive full-time study program includes martial arts, qigong, meditation, weapons, Chinese language, publishing skills, and more. Dr. Yang says: "This year's training has been the most productive and smoothest of all the years so far. The new group of students who joined us last fall are full of promise, heart, and spirit. Together with the old group, I am confident that all students will be able to reach their training goals in the years to follow. Congratulations to all students for their hard work and dedication this year." Read more.
YMAA Author, Doug Cook, To Shoot Documentary in South Korea this July
June 17, 2014
Master Doug Cook, Chosun Taekwondo Academy, Warwick, N.Y. and YMAA Author, will be taking 30 students for a martial arts pilgrimage to South Korea this July 2014. According to Cook, this tour will be different. This time, there are plans in motion to produce an hour-long documentary, tentatively titled Taekwondo Training in Korea – Land of the Morning Calm, with plans to air on public television, commercial networks featuring travel content, and at various domestic and foreign film festivals. A producer was hired, professional equipment will be used, and a script was written to set the documentary in motion.
The film will focus on vigorous training at world-renowned venues such as the Kukkiwon – center of taekwondo operations worldwide, the all-new Taekwondowon located in Muju, and Golgulsa Temple situated high in the southern mountains. The documentary will be balanced by cultural opportunities on Jeju Island and Seoul, the capital city of South Korea.
"Because of the nation's innate beauty and the extreme challenges posed by a serious study of Korean martial arts, it has always been my desire to capture the dignity, strength and beauty of taekwondo in its nation of origin on film. Now, this dream will become a reality," said Cook.
YMAA School in Iran Celebrates World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
May 1, 2014
Shermin Rezaei-Dorji, director,YMAA School in Tehran, Iran, reports that students and followers of the ancient and valued art of taijiquan and qigong gathered together in parks and public places to move together in one breath and with a single heart with other people throughout the world. Rezaei said in a flyer that the basics of the global and national goals of the day include introduction of the significant benefits of this art to the public, and improving overall wellbeing and life skills. It was also a day to become sensitive to nature and the environment and improvements in green space and a day to unite the large family of taijiquan and wushu globally and nationally. This was their first participation. The group met at Ordibehest—Park Mellat, sponsored by YMAA and the Iran Wushu Federation.
What do YMAA, Garrison Keillor, Vincent Pratchett and Catch 22 have in Common? All are participants in World Book Night April 23, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
YMAA novelist, Vincent Pratchett, author of The Raven's Warrior has been selected to participate in World Book Night eve on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at Talking Leaves bookstore, 3158 Main St., Buffalo, New York. The Raven's Warrior is a fantasy sci-fi book with a new twist on the Arthurian legend of yesteryear. Pratchett's award-winning debut novel has interesting references to internal and external martial arts interspersed with tales of Eastern mysticism. Celebrating the day, author, Garrison Keillor, will be appearing with other noted writers at the New York City Public Library. And Catch 22 is one of the 35 books being given away and delivered by 25,000 volunteers in 6,000 communities. There are 2,300 bookstores and libraries serving as community organizers.
World Book Night U.S. is a nationwide initiative celebrating the love of reading, person to person on April 23 –Shakespeare's birthday. Annually, an independent panel of librarians and booksellers choose about 35 books using lists compiled by experts in the bookselling and library world. This year, The Raven's Warrior, was one of the selections.
New YMAA Tulsa School Now Open
Apr 14, 2014
Tom Bowman, a longterm student of Dr. Yang, has opened a new YMAA school located in Tulsa, OK, offering qigong classes four to six days per week. Tom has helped many students recover from various health issues, including autoimmune disease, pain management, depression, and breast cancer. Visit YMAATulsa.com for more information. There are currently over 50 official YMAA schools around the world.
CNN-US Article with comments by YMAA Author Kris Wilder
Feb 27, 2014
CNN-US, John Blake, interviewed YMAA author, Kris Wilder, and posted his comments in his article, "She survived a standoff with a gunman---could you?" It's the story of how a courageous woman, Antoinette Tuff, school bookkeeper, kept her cool and survived a school invasion by a gunman by "changing the mood." Wilder, a 30-year veteran of martial arts and award-winning author, said, "She had a unique, deep and profound skill set that she was able to bring to the situation." Tuff was the only one standing between the gunman and 800 children in an elementary school just outside Atlanta, Georgia. Kris Wilder began his martial arts training in 1976 in the art of Tae Kwon Do, he has earned black belt-level ranks in three arts: Tae Kwon Do (2nd Degree), Kodokan Judo (1st Degree) and Goju-Ryu Karate (5th Degree), which he teaches at the West Seattle Karate Academy. He is the author of The Way of Sanchin Kata: The Application of Power and companion DVD and co-author of The Little Black Book of Violence.
YMAA Retreat Center students Win Gold at ICMAC Tournament
Feb 24, 2014
YMAA Retreat Center student Michelle Lin has published videos from the recent 2014 ICMAC martial arts tournament in Houston. Nicholas Yang was named "Grand Champion" in the Traditional Northern Advanced Men category, won 1st place in Advanced Men Fixed Step Pushing Hands, and 2nd place in four other categories. Michelle was 1st in Adv. Women Northern Long Fist. Jon Chang was 1st in Adv. Men Southern Fist and Adv. Men Open Weapons. Javi Rodriguez was 1st in Adv. Men Continuous Sparring (<165 lbs), 2nd in Adv. Men Yang Style Taiji, and 3rd in several other categories. And, Quentin Lopes won 1st place in both Adv. Boys Traditional Hand Forms and Adv. Boys Weapons (Bullwhip). Congratulations to all. Thanks to host Nick Scrima and all those who participated.
YMAA Publishing 30-Year Anniversary in January 2014
Jan 15, 2014
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming began self-publishing his own books in 1984, in the basement of his kung fu school in Boston, MA, USA. Since then, YMAA Publication Center has gained acclaim for its in-depth martial arts and health books and videos. In 2003, David Ripianzi, a long-term student of Dr. Yang from the early years, purchased the publishing company so Master Yang could free up some of his limited time and energy, and focus on the training at the YMAA Retreat Center in CA. As the publishing industry and economy have changed, YMAA has evolved and thrived, and our small staff of a half dozen people are still going strong. Congratulations and thanks to Dr. Yang, and to all of our customers and supporters over the years.
YMAA Author Vincent Pratchett Makes Headlines for World Book Night
Jan 15, 2014
The "People to Watch" article appeared in The Star newspaper in Toronto, Canada on December 29, 2013.
Vincent Pratchett, a Toronto, Canada firefighter for 23 years, is a first novelist whose book, A Raven's Warrior has been chosen for the United States' 2014 World Book Night.
Pratchett's novel is one of 38 new and established works that will be handed out free to some 550,000 occasional or non-readers across the U.S. on April 23, which is also Shakespeare's birthday. The book is already a winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Award for visionary fiction. The novel is set in 10th-century China. Its protagonist, a Celtic warrior, is taken in battle by Vikings and dragged and sold across Europe and Asia until he ends up a slave to a Taoist priest and his daughter in the Middle Kingdom. Under death's watchful eye, a new root of Arthurian legend takes hold.
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