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Nicholas C. Yang

Nicholas C. Yang

Nicholas C. Yang (楊志豪碩士) began training martial arts as a child under the tutelage of his father Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming at Yang's Martial Arts Association (YMAA) in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then, he has competed in several international and national traditional Kungfu tournaments, including ones held by the U.S. Wushu Kungfu Federation, U.S. Kuoshu Federation, U.S. Wushu Union, International Chinese Martial Arts Championship, World Tai Chi Federation, and Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine. He won several medals and awards for forms events in both barehand and weapons categories.

In 1996, he began assisting instructors in adult Shaolin classes at YMAA Boston. Soon after, he also began performing locally in YMAA martial arts demos at universities, festivals, and events around Boston. After enrolling in college, he continued training and teaching on weekends and during school breaks, sometimes attending YMAA training camps in Europe or assisting his father in seminars at various locations in and out of the United States. He has accompanied his father to many countries around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, and South Africa. Additionally, he has taught in England and Ecuador. Nicholas performed in several YMAA published DVDs as well.

After earning his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Brown University, he worked as a back-end Java web programmer while taking part-time classes in digital art at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). In 2005, he returned to college in Emeryville, California to pursue an education in Computer Animation and Visual Effects at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts (ECDA). Graduating as Salutatorian, he earned a B.A.S. degree from Ex'pression in January 2008.

In February 2008, Nicholas completed the regular Shaolin curriculum at YMAA, earning the rare qualification of YMAA Shaolin Instructor. Shortly after, his father moved to California to begin the YMAA Retreat Center's full-time training project. Consequently, instead of taking up a job in the Visual Effects industry, Nicholas opted to takeover management of YMAA Boston. At the same time, his father also passed down the position of YMAA International President to him. Nicholas taught classes and seminars at YMAA Boston as the principal instructor and school director while also administering global matters across schools in the YMAA International community. His additional responsibilities included: webmaster, web designer, graphic artist, writer, editor, media manager, and event coordinator. He successfully coordinated several annual martial arts demonstrations and fundraisers, including two for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. During this time, he also authored several instructional Long Fist DVDs published by the YMAA Publication Center.

Today, Nicholas resides with his father at the YMAA Retreat Center in California, where he continues to train Shaolin, Taijiquan, and Qigong. The center's training program is set to conclude in June 2018. He now manages YMAA International from the YMAA Retreat Center while also holding the office of Assistant Director at the center. He regularly travels with his father each year to teach in various seminars in the United States, Europe, and South America.

Aside from martial arts and computers, Nicholas has a strong interest in general art, music, education, creativity, and innovation. He is fascinated by advancements in technology and hopes to one day bring together martial arts, digital art, modern learning tools and interfaces, and education. It is his dream to see the world empowered by knowledge, sharing, friendship, understanding, and a core set of good values that make good people.

Nicholas currently has the following other publications:

  1. Forsberg, Andrew and Nicholas Yang. A User-Friendly Approach to Registering a 6-DOF Tracker with a Display. In Proceedings of the 8th International Immersive Projection Technology Workshop, Ames, IA, Iowa State University, May 13-14 2004.
  2. Yang, Nicholas, Andrew S. Forsberg, Jason F. Shepherd, Ricardo M. Garcia, and Karl G. Merkley. Mark-It: A Marking User Interface for Cutting Decomposition Time. In Proceedings of the 13th International Meshing Roundtable, Williamsburg, VA, Sandia National Laboratories, SAND #2004-3765C, pp.231-242, September 19-22 2004.
  3. Yang, Nicholas. "Kung-Fu Mind: Conditioning and Fighting, Part 1." Inside Kung-Fu. pp. 24, 79. September 2008.
  4. Yang, Nicholas. "Kung-Fu Mind: Conditioning and Fighting, Part 2." Inside Kung-Fu. pp. 8-9. November 2008.
  5. Briggs, Matt, David Silver, Nicholas Yang, and et al., ed. YMAA 25-Year Anniversary. DVD. YMAA Publication Center, 2008.
  6. Yang, Nicholas. Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu Intermediate Sequences. DVD. YMAA Publication Center, 2009.
  7. Warner, Ben and Nicholas Yang. Kung Fu for Kids. DVD. YMAA Publication Center, 2009.
  8. Yang, Nicholas. Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu Advanced Sequences Part 1. DVD. YMAA Publication Center, 2010.
  9. Yang, Nicholas. "Reflecting on Traditional Martial Arts: Past, Present, and Future." Journal of Asian Martial Arts. 20.1 (2011): 56-81.
  10. Yang, Nicholas. Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu Advanced Sequences Part 2. DVD. YMAA Publication Center, 2013.

"Throughout all of my life, YMAA has been my international family, a closely-knit community with a very unique and positive energy. It has become one of the greatest pillars of support in my life, a gathering of good people and indomitable spirit. I've watched several YMAA generations come and go, and I've watched YMAA evolve so much over the years, both as a school and an international organization. From a modest old building in Boston to a multinational network, YMAA has grown into a pioneering world symbol of tradition, quality, and friendship. It is one of the greatest honors of my life to help carry this legacy forward. I am always humbled by the amount of respect, good karma, and positivity that my father has created through YMAA. He is, without a doubt, a hard act to follow. But I will nevertheless strive to maintain and improve the standards, quality, and name that YMAA has come to stand for.

"Knowing its history, legacy, mission, and culture, I will be forever proud to be a part of this organization. I hope to see all of YMAA International and the worldwide martial arts community continue to grow stronger together, to propagate martial morality and discipline, to persevere and push for martial arts to become as alive and creative as the art once was hundreds of years ago."

- Nicholas C. Yang, March 2008


Nicholas has performed in the following programs:
Shaolin Saber Basic Sequences DVD
Shaolin Staff Sequences DVD
Shaolin White Crane Gong Fu 1 & 2 DVD
Northern Shaolin Sword DVD

For further details you may visit the author's website .




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