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The Ten Dont's 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
The Cinematic Legacy of Ip Man on Wing Chun - June 4, 2023
In acknowledgment of YMAA’s new publication Wing Chun In-Depth: Skills for Combat, Strategies for Life by Munawar Ali Karim and Loukas Kastrounis, YMAA Staff Writer Gene Ching examines the global impact of the Ip Man films on pop culture.
The Need to Relax - May 29, 2023
When the word relax is used in Taiji, it is understood that the muscles are releasing, but the integrity and optimal alignment of the skeleton is maintained.
Meet the Author: YMAA Instructors Michelle Lin and Quentin Lopes chat with Gene Ching about their new White Crane Staff sequence (video) - May 25, 2023
YMAA staff writer Gene Ching interviews YMAA Instructor Michelle Lin and Quentin Lopes about their new program, which is the only instructional video on the White Crane Barehand vs Staff sequence. Barehand vs Staff or Kong Shou Dui Gun (空手對棍) is an intermediate-level White Crane Kung Fu sequence from the YMAA Shaolin Training Curriculum.
A Glove Day Lesson - May 22, 2023
“When the highest type of men hear the Way, with diligence they’re able to practice it.”—Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching.
Practicing Procedures of Taijiquan - May 15, 2023
What is Tàijíquán? It is a martial Qìgōng study. These training procedures are nothing else but regulating the body, regulating the breathing, regulating the mind, regulating the Qì, and regulating the spirit—five regulatings.
Preserving the Barehand vs. Staff Form - May 8, 2023
The primary objective of practicing Barehand vs Staff is to train your leg strength and reaction speed.
Civil Unrest Precautions While Traveling - May 1, 2023
Always keep your eyes open and your situational awareness level high when you’re in large crowds or near densely populated tourist attractions.
Is it Chi Kung or Qigong? - April 24, 2023
Last year, in honor of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, YMAA Staff Writer Gene Ching wrote Is it Tai Chi or Taiji? For this year, he continues in that same spirit with an exploration of Chinese translation and romanization with Qigong.
Beyond Fighting: What Wing Chun Can Teach Us About Life - April 17, 2023
“The true value of sword-fencing cannot be seen within the confines of sword-fencing technique.” —Musashi Miyamoto (A Book of Five Rings)
Contingency Planning for Vacationers - April 10, 2023
If you have a response to emergencies planned out in advance, your reaction and resolution will be much quicker, giving you more time to relax and enjoy yourself once everything is dealt with. Besides, that’s why we take vacations in the first place, isn’t it—to relax?
Introducing The 18 Luohan Qigong Taught by Qigong Master Bill Buckley - April 3, 2023
The 18 Luohan relies on the Microcosmic Orbit as a well-trodden path to get your energy flowing.
“Pack” Situational Awareness into your Vacation Suitcase - March 27, 2023
When you’re preparing for a trip away, the first step in identifying potential problems begins in the planning phase. Proper planning requires more than just picking a vacation spot and packing a bag. It requires some in-depth research and preparation.
Meet The Author: YMAA Qigong Master Bill Buckley chats with Gene Ching about his new program teaching the 18 Luohan Qigong (video) - March 23, 2023
YMAA staff writer Gene Ching interviews Bill Buckley of Gateway Tai Chi and Yoga in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (a YMAA School). Mr. Buckley is one of the few people who have completed the 20-year qigong master training program under Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. They discuss the new streaming qigong video 18 Luohan Hands Shiba Luohan Shou  (十八羅漢手), also known as 18 Hands of Buddha, or the 18 Techniques of the Enlightened Ones. This ancient qigong relates to Buddhist yoga techniques and the teaching of Bodhidharma known as "muscle/tendon changing classic" passed down while he taught at Shaolin Temple 1500 years ago.
What are the Two Major Categories in Qigong Practice? - March 20, 2023
The physical body is like a machine and Qì is like electricity. Only when the machine is in good condition and the power supply is sufficient will the machine be able to perform at peak potential.
What Can You Really Learn from Video? - March 13, 2023
YMAA Staff Writer Gene Ching reflects on an experience he had with the YMAA streaming video Sun Tai Chi by Yang Chenhan. Sun Tai Chi is connected to Gene’s Shaolin lineage (and to Dr. Yang’s Tai Chi lineage as well). Gene explores how video training relates to when he studied under Grandmaster Sun Jianyun, the daughter of the founder of Sun Tai Chi.
Building an Arsenal of Target Areas - March 5, 2023
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”—Bruce Lee
Qi-Empowered Patient: Chinese Mind-Body Energetics in the Integrative Medical Setting - February 27, 2023
Remind your clients, that it is impossible to know when the natural results will arise and that patience and perseverance, in cultivation of wellbeing, is the recognized best practice for catalyzing the intended good result.”
The Ethics of Mind-Body Energetics - February 20, 2023
One of my favorite teachers, Master Zhu Hui from Tian Tai Mountain in eastern China told me, “A person who makes wise use of the Three Intentional Corrections a few times a day will resolve their pains, cure their diseases, and achieve longevity.”
What is Muscle/Tendon Changing Grand Circulation Qigong? - February 13, 2023
Once you have accomplished your Small Circulation, the Qì circulating in the Twelve Primary Channels (Meridians) will be abundant and smooth, and then you can extend the Qì from the meridians outward to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, skin, and beyond. For example, through Grand Circulation you will be able to lead the Qì to the joints to condition and improve the strength and endurance of muscles and tendons.
Watch Your Tone - February 6, 2023
YMAA Publication Center has recently published new editions of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming’s qigong books that include pinyin tonal marks for pronunciation and modern Chinese fonts. YMAA Staff Writer Gene Ching examines why these are important.