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The Ten Don’ts of Sword Fighting
July 15, 2024
Sword fighting basically comes in two forms: prearranged drills and free sparring. But first you must overcome your emotions. 7 Min. Read
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Tai Chi: A Mindfulness Based Approach
July 8, 2024
Tai Chi also has many benefits as a mindfulness-based practice for dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 6 Min. Read
Martial Arts Studies Conference 2024: A Fighting Scholar’s Paradise
July 1, 2024
As a first-time attendee and presenter, at the Martial Arts Studies Conference, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in this thought-provoking and inspiring experience. 6 Min. Read
A Closer Look at Single-Handed Swords
June 24, 2024
The sword is just a tool, a means to accomplish a goal. In the end, victory is determined as much by the skills of the swordsmen as the types of swords they wield or armor they wear. 12 Min Read
Meet the Author: Hermann Bayer discusses Karate origins and misconceptions with Gene Ching (video) - February 7, 2024
YMAA Staff Writer Gene Ching chats with Dr. Hermann Bayer, author of two books: Analysis of Genuine Karate: Misconceptions, Origins, Development, and True Purpose and Analysis of Genuine Karate 2: Sociocultural Development, Commercialization, and Loss of Essential Knowledge
Quelling War - Ceasing Aggression - February 5, 2024
Those leaders who have followed the Dao will not deploy armed forces unless it is absolutely necessary. 5 Min. Read
2024 The Year of the Dragon - January 29, 2024
Twenty-twenty-four marks the Year of the Wood Dragon in the Chinese zodiac. YMAA Staff Writer Gene Ching, who was born under the sign of the Dragon and bears the Buddhist Shaolin name ‘dragon,’ shares some insights on the mythology behind Chinese dragons and the element of wood. Reading Time 8 minutes.
Yin-Yang Theory of Movement and Stillness in Taijiquan - January 22, 2024
If you are able to understand the theory of calmness, then you can comprehend the applications of Jìng (i.e., martial power). Reading Time 6 minutes
Rebellion Tales-Choi Hong-Hi - January 15, 2024
Choi Hong-Hi: Leading Korea from the Ashes of War. Reading Time 7 minutes
Outwitting the Ebony Stupa - - January 8, 2024
Many things are the same: if the orientation is wrong, it's just wrong. The incorrect thing, even if it is done effectively, is still incorrect. Reading Time 10 minutes
Intel Briefing - January 1, 2024
If you found information relevant to the group’s safety during your intelligence gathering, share it during the intel briefing. Reading Time 3 minutes.
A Moment of Chaos and Escape - - December 25, 2023
It is known that keys open locks, but who has considered a key carried to a foreign land in a time of crisis and exodus, what meaning can it claim in a new place? Even more so, what is the significance of a key left behind with no lock to open?
Why your teacher is not God - The infallibility illusion in traditional martial arts - December 18, 2023
It is easy to fall into the trap of seeing our martial arts masters as infallible or near-invincible in skill. However, this mindset is not just erroneous, but downright dangerous too. The following article will explain why.
Thoughts from the Tai Chi Science Conference at Harvard in Boston, Massachusetts - December 11, 2023
Numerous research findings indicate that Tai Chi & Qigong is as effective as, if not more effective than, conventional exercise, physical therapy, and cognitive-behavior therapy.
Okinawa is more than the Birthplace of Karate - Okinawa is a Mindset - December 4, 2023
Reflections from Dr. Hermann Bayer and his attendance at “Day of Karate” October 25, 2023 Naha, Okinawa, Japan.
Meet the Author: Christopher Bates talks with Gene Ching (YMAA) about Taiwan history and martial arts (video) - November 27, 2023
Translator and martial artist Christopher Bates talks with Gene Ching about Taiwan history, and the oppression and poverty experienced there post-World War Two. This is also where YMAA founder Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming was born and lived until college. They discuss various Taiwanese martial arts styles and their overlap, including Shaolin White Crane (Bai He), Xingyiquan, Baguazhang and others.
The Shaolin Temple and the Shaolin Diaspora - November 27, 2023
With the Abbot of Shaolin Temple visit to California in November 2023, Staff Writer Gene Ching ruminates over the distinctions between some Shaolin styles of Kung Fu practiced around the world and the curriculum propounded at the original Shaolin Temple of China today
Good Retribution of a Kind Heart - November 20, 2023
It’s easy to talk about righteousness. Living it is difficult.
Meet the Author: Augustus John Roe chats with Gene Ching (YMAA) about mythical martial artists (video) - November 18, 2023
Augustus John Roe is an author, linguist and instructor of traditional Vietnamese martial arts of the Bửu Sơn Phật Môn Quyền lineage. Since the mid-2000s, he has lived and trained in Asia. During this time, Augustus has worked on numerous television shows, books, magazines and academic projects documenting local cultures and martial arts practices.
Myths, Legends, Archetypes and Stereotypes in Martial Arts - November 13, 2023
While both myths and legends possess an undeniable appeal, transforming mundane truths into powerful stories, these tales also serve a martial function.
Reaching Enlightenment - November 6, 2023
When you practice Tàijíquán skills to a high level and have reached the state of “fight of no fight” (i.e., regulating without regulating), then every action is ultimately natural, comfortable, skillful, and effective. This is the stage of “fighting with enlightenment.”
Qi Demons and Kung Fu Exorcists - October 30, 2023
On the day before Halloween 2023, YMAA Staff Writer Gene Ching ruminates about demonic possession in Kung Fu and Qigong practice.
You Are Bioelectric - October 23, 2023
Your body’s matrix of fluid-filled tissue is a system capable of absorbing and donating electrons (qì) wherever they are needed, from the surface of our skin all the way into our DNA.
Qigong is Ancient Mind/Body Science - October 16, 2023
Ancient practitioners were mind/body scientists of the subtle body, working with their Qì to promote health, healing, and extraordinary vitality and longevity.