YMAA | A Meeting Place for All Interested in Tai Chi, Qigong, Martial Arts and Self-Defense

Premium Bundle: Chin Na in Depth

Master Yang: Qigong Studypath

Premium Bundle: Complete Step-by-Step Bagua

YMAA Streaming Videos-Watch anywhere, anytime

Streaming: YMAA Streaming Videos-Watch anywhere, anytime

New Streaming Video: SUMMER Five Elements Qigong

Free Shipping Orders Over $70.

Free Shipping: Orders US Only.

Featured Author: Joe Varady

Joe Varady began his formal martial arts training in 1986. Over the past three decades, he has cross trained in eastern martial arts such as karate, tae kwon do, judo, wing chun, and eskrima, as well as various western martial arts including boxing, fencing, long sword, sword and shield, pole-axe, and various methods of armored fighting. Joe is also a trained educator with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. In 2006, he became a certified Master Instructor in The Bao Way System of Self Defense.

In Memoriam: Grandmaster Kao Tao (高濤) 1932 - 2024

Grandmaster Kao Tao (高濤) was the first tai chi teacher of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming in Taiwan, starting in 1962. His tai chi lineage can be traced back through Yang, Cheng-Fu to Yang, Lu-Chan. Grandmaster Kao lived in Taiwan. He was born July 7th, 1932, and studied Taijiquan as a youth for his health, after a promise to his mother to avoid the martial arts to keep him safe in dangerous times. For more than sixty years, he practiced and taught Yang-style Taijiquan, achieving a high level and enlightening others. Taijiquan was his constant companion. In 2009, students recommended that he participate in the World Cup Taijiquan Championship, resulting in an unexpected reunion with his long-lost student, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. Master Kao then visited with Dr. Yang in California to help teach the students there lessons in taiji, qigong, philosophy, Chinese language, culture, and literature. Master Kao also visited other YMAA schools around the world, sharing his knowledge and high spirit. Sadly, Grandmaster Kao passed away at age 92 on January 11, 2024, a couple months after Dr. Yang had visited him in Taiwan, from pneumonia and a heart attack after a Covid-19 infection.


Latest News

Wing Chun In-Depth: Skills for Combat, Strategies for Life wins 2024 American Legacy Book Award - May 1, 2024

American Legacy Book Awards announced the awards for the 2024 Winners. Wing Chun In-Depth: Skills for...

Four YMAA Books received Finalist recognition in the 2024 American Legacy Book Awards - May 1, 2024

American Legacy Book Awards announced the awards for the 2024 Finalists. Four YMAA books placed as “Finalists”. They are...

Loukas Kastrounis interviewed on BBC Sounds - April 1, 2024

Loukas Kastrounis, author of Wing Chun...

YMAA Taiwan Visit and Demo Video - March 25, 2024

In March 2016, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming brought over 30 students from around the world to visit his homeland of Taiwan. The students paid respects to Shaolin Long Fist...

Blurred Boundaries by Hong Ze-Han announced on Asian Review of Books - March 21, 2024

Blurred Boundaries: A Martial Arts Legacy and the Shaping of Taiwan by...

Train at a YMAA School Near You

YMAA International

Train at a YMAA School near you. Learn More >>

Sign-Up to Receive News from YMAA


We respect your privacy. Instructions to unsubscribe come with every email. YMAA will keep your email address private and will not share or sell your email, but will use and protect that personal information in accordance with its Privacy Policy.