News and Events
Book Plate Signing: Analysis of Genuine Karate by Hermann Bayer PhD at Barnes & Noble, Virginia Beach VA Oct 22, 2021
October 19, 2021
Hermann Bayer, Ph.D., will be signing signature cards for his upcoming book, Analysis of Genuine Karate: Misconceptions, Origins, Development, and True Purpose, on Friday, October 22, 2021, at Barnes & Noble, Virginia Beach Town Center, 4485 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462. The card will be available for each book sold. The book is published by YMAA Publication Center.
Dr. Bayer examines how Japan re-interpreted Okinawan karate to create its own unique style of karate-do, and how Japanese and American changes resulted in a modern karate-sport business. Dr. Bayer is a Virginia Beach resident.
Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids: Teaching Situational Awareness to Keep Children Safe – OnlinBookClub.org Review
October 15, 2021
Read the OnlinBookClub.org Review of Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids. This is a review is about YMAA's new book Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe by Gary Quesenberry.
October 13, 2021
Master Helen Liang is offering a seven week course on a Tai Chi 8 Posture Short Form to cultivate balance, harmony, and vitality. Master Helen Liang, the eldest daughter of Grandmaster Liang, Shou-Yu, began training in traditional Wushu at the age of 4 under the strict guidance of her father. At the age of 11, she was chosen to train with Sichuan Provincial Wushu School. In 1985, she immigrated to Canada and became an official instructor at the Shou-Yu Liang Wushu institute in 1989. This is her first offering from Shift.
October 11, 2021
Watch Situational Awareness Season 6 Episode 8 by Paul Buckner, James McGarvey, and Mike Scully. This is in conjunction with YMAA author Gary Quesenberry’s ‘Heads Up” series: Spotting Danger Before It Spots You: Build Situational Awareness To Stay Safe and Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe with more on the way.
October 7, 2021
Read “Missing Link” by YMAA author Andrew Zerling in October/November 2021 issue of Black Belt. Zerling is the author of Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts: Winning Clinches, Takedowns, & Tactics.
October 2, 2021
Read How to Defend Yourself Against Two Assailants in a Stairway by David Kahn. This is in conjunction with Krav Maga Fundamental Strategies by David Kahn.
October 1, 2021
Yang's Martial Arts Association celebrates its 39th anniversary on October 1, 2021. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming started his Kung Fu training in Taiwan at the age of fifteen under Master Cheng, Gin-Gsao. In thirteen years of study under Master Cheng, Dr. Yang became an expert in the White Crane Style of Chinese martial arts. At the age of sixteen, Dr. Yang also began the study of Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan under Master Kao Tao. At age eighteen, Dr. Yang entered Tamkang University in Taipei to study physics, where he trained and taught Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu with Master Li, Mao-Ching. In 1974, he moved the the USA and graduated from Purdue University, where he earned his Mechanical Engineering Ph.D.
Yang's Martial Arts Association was established in Boston, MA in 1982 with the intent of preserving traditional Chinese Kung Fu and Qigong, including Shaolin Long Fist, White Crane Kung Fu, and Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. Dr. Yang also began researching the Chinese arts and self-publishing books and videos with detailed theory and instruction via YMAA Publication Center. YMAA Instructors are available worldwide and have taught tens of thousands of students over the decades. Congratulations to everyone at YMAA.
David Kahn Interview on Safest Family on the Block
September 27, 2021
Watch Krav Maga for Protector Parents with David Kahn (Safest Family on the Block S5E8) by Jason Brick. This is in conjunction with Krav Maga Fundamental Strategies by David Kahn.
Andrew Zerling Article in Martial Journal
September 14, 2021
Read Juggling for the Martial Arts: Supercharge Your Skills by YMAA author Andrew Zerling. Zerling is the author of Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts: Winning Clinches, Takedowns, & Tactics.
Gary Quesenberry Lectures for United Airlines, Leadership Book Club
September 13, 2021
On August 15, 2021, YMAA author Gary Quesenberry presented a talk on "The Importance of Self-Defense" to United Airlines Leadership Book Club, Leaders are Readers. Gary has published two books with YMAA as part of his 'Heads Up" series: Spotting Danger Before It Spots You: Build Situational Awareness To Stay Safe and Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe with more on the way.
Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming Accepts Daniel Chadud as his 20th Disciple
September 6, 2021
On August 11, 2021 at the YMAA Retreat Center, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming formally accepted Mr. Daniel Chadud of Santiago, Chile as his 20th disciple. Read Discipleship Ceremony of Daniel Chadud (YMAA Chile). Posted on behalf of YMAA International.
David Kahn Article in Police1
August 24, 2021
Read De-escalate yourself first and then de-escalate others by David Kahn and Sgt. (Ret.) Mick McComb. This is in conjunction with Krav Maga Fundamental Strategies by David Kahn.
Dr. Robert Chuckrow Interviewed on Safest Family on the Block
July 22, 2021
Watch Balance for Longevity and Elder Care w/ Dr. Robert Chuckrow (SFOTB S5E1) by Jason Brick. This is in conjunction with Tai Chi Concepts and Experiments: Hidden Strength, Natural Movement, and Timing by Robert Chuckrow, Ph.D.
Dr. Hermann Bayer Quoted on Den of Geek
July 15, 2021
Read The Karate Kid: The Real Martial Arts History Behind the Movies by Gene Ching. This is in conjunction with Analysis of Genuine Karate: Misconceptions, Origins, Development, and True Purpose by Hermann Bayer, Ph.D.
Chenhan Yang Interviewed on Black Belt (Part 2)
July 14, 2021
Read What do BaGua, Iron Shirt and Kung Fu Movies Have in Common? (Part 2) by Noel Plaugher. This interview is in conjunction with Chenhan Yang's extensive collection of instructional videos with YMAA.
Gary Quesenberry Featured on The Blue Press
July 13, 2021
Read Situational Awareness: How Being Aware of Your Surroundings Just Might Your Life One Day by Maureen P. Sangiorgio. This feature is in conjunction with YMAA's new book Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe by Gary Quesenberry.
Chenhan Yang Interviewed on Black Belt
July 12, 2021
Read What do BaGua, Iron Shirt and Kung Fu Movies Have in Common? (Part 1) by Noel Plaugher. This interview is in conjunction with Chenhan Yang's extensive collection of instructional videos with YMAA.
Marisa Cranfill Interviewed on Total BS Wellness
June 18, 2021
Watch Matt Lucas Big 3 with Marisa Cranfill: Yoqi Yoga and Qi Gong by Matt Lucas. This interview is in conjunction with YMAA's new video YoQi: Qigong Flow to Boost the Immune System by Marisa Cranfill.
True Wellness For Your Gut is a Finalist in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards®
June 9, 2021
True Wellness for Your Gut by Catherine Kurosu, MD, L.Ac., Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT is a Finalist in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards® in the HEALTH/WELLNESS (Non-Fiction) category. The 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards® presentation will be telecast via their Facebook page on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 7:00PM ET.
Gary Quesenberry Interviewed on the Firearm Trainer's Podcast
June 7, 2021
Listen to EP-116 Spotting Danger before it Spots Your Kids by Rob Beckman. This interview is in conjunction with YMAA's new book Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe by Gary Quesenberry.
Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids Author Gary Quesenberry Book Signing at 2021 OTOA Training Conference
June 2, 2021
YMAA Author Gary Quesenberry will be signing books at the 2021 Ohio Tactical Officers Association Conference (June 7-10, 2021) at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio. He will be signing both of his books: Spotting Danger Before It Spots You: Build Situational Awareness To Stay Safe and Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe. Gary will be at the Q-Series booth #168.
Gary Quesenberry Interviewed on Parenting Our Future
June 1, 2021
Listen to Spot Danger Before it Spots Your Child | POF99 by Robbin McManne. This interview is in conjunction with YMAA's new book Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe by Gary Quesenberry.
June LIVE Webinar with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
May 26, 2021
Interact with Dr. Yang from the comfort of your home! He will be offering one essential webinar in June. As a bonus, each participant will receive access to the Zoom recording of the lecture and a handout guide created by Dr. Yang. HD recordings of all webinars will be available for purchase, and the option to buy a paperback copy of The Dao De Jing: A Qigong Interpretation by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming will be offered.
Saturday, June 12, 2021 1 - 2:30 pm EDT (Eastern US) and
Sunday, June 13, 2021 1 - 2:30 pm EDT (Eastern US)
Early bird ends May 29, 2021
Gary Quesenberry Interviewed on Safest Family on the Block
May 3, 2021
Watch Spotting Danger Before it Spots You with Gary Quesenberry (SFOTB S4E4) by Jason Brick. This interview is in conjunction with YMAA's new book Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe by Gary Quesenberry.
Kathy Yang Interviewed on Black Belt
April 28, 2021
Read Kathy Yang: Is it Time to Start Training Internal Arts? by Noel Plaugher. Kathy Yang is a YMAA author.
Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids: Teaching Situational Awareness to Keep Children Safe - Kirkus Review
April 26, 2021
Read the Kirkus Review of Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe. This is a review is about YMAA's new book Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe by Gary Quesenberry.
David Grantham Interviewed on KungFuMagazine.com
April 24, 2021
Read David Grantham on Writing with your Master by Gene Ching. This interview is in conjunction with YMAA's new book Tai Chi Push Hands: The Martial Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan by David W. Grantham and Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming.
Dr. Aihan Kuhn Celebrates World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2021
April 21, 2021
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is observed on the last Saturday in April which falls on April 24th for 2021. Noted YMAA author Dr. Aihan Kuhn is celebrating World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2021 with a gathering at Bayfront Park, Sarasota, Florida. The gathering is free to all. For more information, visit her website, TaiChiHealing.org. Dr. Aihan Kuhn has authored nine books with YMAA. Her most recent is True Wellness for Your Gut, co-authored by Dr. Catherine Kurosu.
"Safest Family on the Block" Giveaway Sweepstakes
April 13, 2021
YMAA Publication Center is proud to partner with AAA and noted safety experts for the first 'Safest Family on the Block' giveaway sweepstakes.
Enter to win a great, big treasure trove of books, tools, and resources:
*6 essential safety books signed by the authors
*7 additional family safety classics
*1 qigong DVD for stress relief
*a ONE YEAR membership in AAA
*a family first aid kit
*a compact survival tools kit
*a cooperative family board game
Enter Here for your chance to WIN! Grand prize winner gets all the stuff (that's over $500 in goodies), with three runners up getting smaller prize packages that include the AAA membership, books, and tools. Offer ends April 21 2021.
Dr. Robert Chuckrow Published on KungFuMagazine.com
April 2, 2021
Read Non-Action in Taiji Movement by Robert Chuckrow Ph.D. This interview is in conjunction with YMAA's new book Tai Chi Concepts and Experiments: Hidden Strength, Natural Movement, and Timing by Robert Chuckrow.
Gary Quesenberry Interviewed on Total BS Wellness
March 31, 2021
Watch Situational & Awareness Mindfulness with Gary Quesenberry: Retired Federal Air Marshall by Matt Lucas. This interview is in conjunction with YMAA's new book Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe by Gary Quesenberry
Steve Scott Interviewed on Black Belt
March 30, 2021
Read Steve Scott: A Life on the Mat by Noel Plaugher. Steve Scott has authored three books with YMAA: The Judo Advantage: Controlling Movement with Modern Kinesiology, The Juji Gatame Encyclopedia: Comprehensive Applications of the Cross-Body Armlock, and The Sambo Encyclopedia.
Gary Quesenberry Featured on The Carroll News
March 29, 2021
Read Quesenberry to release second book on situational awareness by Allen Worrell This interview is in conjunction with YMAA's new book Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe by Gary Quesenberry
Augustus John Roe interviewed on Black Belt
March 2, 2021
True Wellness For Your Gut labelled As "of immense interest and value" by the Midwest Book Review
February 17, 2021
True Wellness for Your Gut by Catherine Kurosu, MD, L.Ac., Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT received a favorable review on the Midwest Book Review's The Health/Medicine Shelf. According to the review, True Wellness for Your Gut "deftly combines the best that Eastern and Western medicine have to offer in the understanding, treatment, and prevention of gastrointestinal disease, diabetes, and obesity. By blending modern research with ancient practices, "True Wellness For Your Gut" will help readers stay positive and keep motivated along their journey toward better health and overall well-being." This title is available through YMAA in Paperbook and eBook: True Wellness for Your Gut by Catherine Kurosu, MD, L.Ac., Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT.
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming Interviewed on Black Belt, Part Two
February 5, 2021
Read Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming: Conquering the Self - Part Two. This interview is in conjunction with Dr. Yang's latest book Tai Chi Push Hands: The Martial Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan by David W. Grantham, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming.
Willie "The Bam" Johnson Interviewed on Managing Violence
February 2, 2021
YMAA author Willie "The Bam" Johnson was interviewed on Joe Saunders Managing Violence podcast. Tune in to From selling drugs to the Hall of Fame - Wille The Bam's story of redemption through martial arts. This interview is in conjunction with Willie "The Bam" Johnson's book The Complete Martial Artist.
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming Interviewed on Black Belt
January 26, 2021
Read Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming: Conquering the Self - Part One by Noel Plaugher. This interview is in conjunction with Dr. Yang's latest book Tai Chi Push Hands: The Martial Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan by David W. Grantham, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming.
Online Classes with Master Helen Liang and Master Chenhan Yang
January 26, 2021
The SYL Wushu Taiji Qigong Institute is holding three upcoming online classes. Master Chenhan Yang will be teaching the Beginner Taiji - 24 form starting Jan 27th, every Wed, 6-7pm PST and Master Helen Liang will be teaching Health Maintenance Qigong starting Feb 13th, every Sat, 1-2pm PST. Master Helen will also be offering a class on Beginner Water Style (Liuhebafa) coming soon. To register, visit www.sylwushu.com. YMAA has produced instructional videos with both Master Yang and Master Liang. You'll find Master Helen Liang's videos on these topics here: Simplified Tai Chi for Beginners - 24 Form and Water Style for Beginners by Helen Liang.
YMAA Publication Center Passes 11 Million YouTube Views
January 19, 2021
The YMAA Publication Center YouTube channel has surpassed a milestone of 11 million views. The channel offers preview trailers for all video lessons, plus longer excerpts, book and video author interviews, and demonstrations by Dr. Yang and senior YMAA teachers. Topics include Tai Chi, Qigong, Kung Fu, workouts, meditation, massage, and in-depth martial arts subjects such as nei gong, chin na, bagua, xingyi, sword, staff, and more. Traditional arts videos remain the most popular, including previews of Taiji Martial Applications, Taiji Chin Na, and Helen Liang's 24-Form Tai Chi performance.
YMAA Author Gary Quesenberry on Off Duty On Duty Podcast
January 18, 2021
Gary Quesenberry was the guest on Bryan Eastridge's Off Duty On Duty Podcast. Tune in to Episode 21 – "You Can't Fight What You Don't See Coming".
This interview is in conjunction with Gary Quesenberry's latest book Spotting Danger Before It Spots You: Build Situational Awareness To Stay Safe by Gary Quesenberry.
YMAA Author Gary Quesenberry on Two Dates and a Dash Podcast
January 12, 2021
Gary Quesenberry was the guest on Matt Cubler's Two Dates and a Dash Podcast. Tune in to EPISODE 93: RETIRED FEDERAL AGENT AND AUTHOR, GARY QUESENBERRY.
This interview is in conjunction with Gary Quesenberry's latest book Spotting Danger Before It Spots You: Build Situational Awareness To Stay Safe by Gary Quesenberry.
Two YMAA Authors presenting at the 20th World Congress on Qigong
January 1, 2021
The 20th World Congress on Qigong/Tai Chi/TCM/Daoism/Natural Healing is an interactive virtual event held on January 1 through 8, 2021 to mark the end of the challenging year and the beginning of the New Year of thriving. Two YMAA Authors presenting: Dr. Lee Holden on Sunday, January 3 and David-Dorian Ross on Tuesday, January 5. Find more information here. For more on these authors and their work with YMAA, visit Dr. Lee Holden and David-Dorian Ross.
Tai Chi Push Hands: The Martial Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan Reviewed on VioletLiTaiChi.com
December 28, 2020
Noted Tai Chi reporter and blogger Violet Li reviewed Tai Chi Push Hands: The Martial Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan by David W. Grantham and Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. Read Recommended: "Tai Chi Push Hands – The Martial Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan" by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and David Grantham. This book is currently available at YMAA.com: Tai Chi Push Hands: The Martial Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan by David W. Grantham, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming.
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming Interviewed on Kung Fu Tea
December 22, 2020
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming was interviewed on Kung Fu Tea: Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies. Read Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming on the Development of the TCMA in North America .
This interview is in conjunction with Dr. Yang's latest book Tai Chi Push Hands: The Martial Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan by David W. Grantham, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming.
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming Interviewed on Culture Chat Podcast
December 16, 2020
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming was interviewed on Sifu Mimi Chan's podcast Culture Chat. Listen in to 208. DR. YANG JWING MING ON TAI CHI CHUAN or watch it on YouTube at Culture Chat Podcast: Sifu Mimi Chan interviews Dr. Yang Jwing Ming on tai chi chuan. This interview is in conjunction with Dr. Yang's latest book Tai Chi Push Hands: The Martial Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan by David W. Grantham, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming.
Augustus John Roe Interviewed on KungFuMagazine.com
December 15, 2020
Augustus John Roe was interviewed on Kung FuMagazine.com. Read Augustus John Roe on THE MARTIAL ARTS OF VIETNAM by Gene Ching. This interview is in conjunction with Roe's latest book The Martial Arts of Vietnam by Augustus John Roe.
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming Interviewed on Whistlekick Podcast
December 14, 2020
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming was interviewed by Jeremy Lesniak on his Whistlekick Martial Arts Radio. Listen in to Episode 560 - Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang. This interview is in conjunction with Dr. Yang's latest book Tai Chi Push Hands: The Martial Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan by David W. Grantham, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming.
YMAA International Virtual Camp Featuring Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming January 23 & 24, 2021
December 4, 2020
This January, YMAA International is bringing world-class instructors to you! The two-day event will feature senior YMAA instructors from around the globe teaching topics including: Qigong, Taijiquan, and Kung Fu.
Special guest instructor Dr. Yang will be teaching a session on Meridian Qigong. Meridian Qigong consists of a series of movements to open all the Qi channels to the body's extremities. Each morning before getting out of bed, Dr. Yang practices these yoga stretches, Qigong patterns, and acupressure techniques. These movements can promote general health, maintain youth, and allow the body to carry out its natural functions more smoothly.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from instructors with decades of teaching experience - all in one weekend. Details and registration will be available on www.ymaainternational.com. REGISTER NOW! Early Bird savings end on 12/31. Registration closes on 1/20.
Five New YMAA Titles Recognized at the 2020 Best Book Awards
November 25, 2020
Five of YMAA's 2020 titles have been recognized at the 17th Annual Best Book Awards, sponsored by American Book Fest. Two YMAA books won 'Best Book' awards and three were finalists.
The Martial Arts of Vietnam: An Overview of History and Styles by Augustus John Roe won Best Book for the Sports category and True Wellness for Your Gut: Combine the Best of Western and Eastern Medicine for Optimal Digestive and Metabolic Health by Catherine Kurosu, MD, L.Ac. and Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OPT won Best Book in the Health: General category. Kurosu and Kuhn were competing against themselves because their other title, True Wellness for Your Heart: Combine the best of Western and Eastern Medicine for Optimal Heart Health by Catherine Kurosu, MD, L.Ac. and Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OPT was also a Finalist in the same Health: General category.
In addition, Spotting Danger Before it Spots You: Build Situational Awareness to Stay Safe by Gary Quesenberry was a Finalist in the Self-Help: General category and The Art and Science of Stick Fighting: A Complete Instructional Guide by Joe Varady was a Finalist in the Sports category.
YMAA is enormously proud of our authors' achievements and honored to bring you these award-winning titles in 2020. We look forward to bringing even more exciting titles to you in 2021. Stay tuned to our social media for updates and thank you for your continued support of our publications.
For complete results of the 2020 Best Book Awards, visit the American Book Fest website announcement here: http://americanbookfest.com/2020bbafullresults.html
Streaming Video Catalog on Vimeo
November 21, 2020
YMAA has an expanding streaming video collection hosted on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/ymaapublishing/vod_pages, also available on YMAA.com. New titles for 2021 include: YOQI yoga + qigong, tai chi programs from David-Dorian Ross for common ailments such as back pain, cardiovascular, and immune system health, Sun-style and Wu-style taijiquan, and a new Documentary category with kung fu and qigong videos.
Dr. Yang inaugurated in Martial Arts Museum
November 21, 2020
In November 2020, Dr. Yang was inducted into the Martial Arts History Museum Hall of Fame.
"He has not only become one of the leading experts in white crane kung fu, but through his teachings of Yang tai chi, qigong, meditation, and healing, he has opened new doors into Western medicine. Authoring over 40 books and 50 instructional videos as well as the establishment of the YMAA Retreat Center, we are honored to celebrate Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang's induction into the Martial Arts History Museum's Hall of Fame. Please join us as we congratulate this amazing pioneer, Dr Yang Jwing-Ming.".
Enter to Win The Martial Arts of Vietnam by Augustus John Roe
October 19, 2020
You can win YMAA's new book, The Martial Arts of Vietnam: An Overview of History and Styles by Augustus John Roe, with an exclusive autographed card from the author!
The Martial Arts of Vietnam reveals a majestic martial legacy which has been overlooked until now. It's an unprecedented work in English, surveying dozens of unique styles for the first time. The Martial Arts of Vietnam an engaging read for anyone interested in Asian culture and history. Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Indonesian martial artists will be especially fascinated by the connections of Vietnamese combat to their own practices.
Visit KungFuMagazine.com and enter to win. Contest ends October 29, 2020.
YMAA Authors Interviewed on Martial Arts and Life Podcast
October 13, 2020
Recently, several YMAA Authors were interviewed individually by Kris Wilder in his "Martial Arts & Life" podcast. The authors that participated were Catherine Kurosu, MD, L.Ac. "Stress, Health and Medicines" Gus Roe "Vietnam Martial Arts," and David Kahn and "Krav Maga."
Catherine Kurosu takes the path of how Eastern medicine can dovetail with Western interventions harmoniously to the patients' great advantage. She speaks about her True Wellness series co-authored with Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT, and in particular her newest book, True Wellness for Your Gut. Augustus John Roe or just "Gus" is a new author to the YMAA team of authors. His latest book, The Martial Arts of Vietnam—An Overview of History and Styles will grab your attention from the first chapter to the end. He focuses on the three sections of Vietnam, North, Central, and South. He speaks about significant influences impacting each region. David Kahn is the instructors' instructor. He has written three Krav Maga books for YMAA, two of which received national book awards for excellence. And his fourth book, Krav Maga Fundamental Strategies, will be released in 2021.
Each of these interviews are unique. You will get to see a different side of our authors voicing their opinions on martial arts, food and health, classical music, and tackling even a bigger question, "Are humans by nature violent?"
YMAA Celebrates 38th Anniversary
October 1, 2020
Yang's Martial Arts Association is celebrating its 38th anniversary on October 1, 2020. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming started his Kung Fu training at the age of fifteen under Master Cheng, Gin-Gsao. In thirteen years of study under Master Cheng, Dr. Yang became an expert in the White Crane Style of Chinese martial arts.
At the age of sixteen, Dr. Yang also began the study of Yang-style Taijiquan under Master Kao Tao. At age eighteen, Dr. Yang entered Tamkang University in Taipei to study physics; and in 1974 he studied Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, where he earned his Ph.D.
Yang's Martial Arts Association was established in Boston, MA in 1982. With the intent of preserving traditional Chinese Kung Fu and Qigong , Dr. Yang began training students in the rigors of Shaolin Long Fist and White Crane Gongfu as well as Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. Dr. Yang also undertook his life-long dream of teaching and researching the Chinese arts and introducing them to the West with detailed theory and instruction. Dr. Yang founded YMAA Publication Center with the goal of producing superior books and videos about Qigong and Chinese martial arts. YMAA Schools have expanded around the world and thousands of students have enjoyed the benefits of training the traditional arts. Congratulations to everyone at YMAA.
Kathy Yang TCM seminars Fall 2020
September 18, 2020
October 18 - Chinese Medicine & Acupressure for Healthy Digestion
October 25 - Yang Style Tai Chi (1st Part) Training Program
For more info and registration visit: www.tcmtime.com
Kathy Yang began training traditional Chinese martial arts, Taijiquan and Qigong at the age of six under the guidance of her father Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. As an active competitor, she has been awarded on several occasions the Grand Champion title in both internal and external Chinese martial arts from renowned U.S. tournaments such as U.S.A. Wushu Kungfu Federation (USAWKF) and A Taste of China U.S.A. All-Taijiquan Tournament.
Kathy has taught at the New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS University. She leads research in Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine) related to Mind/Body health, aging and hormones. She also teaches Chinese Medicine workshops and offers personal consultations in the United States, South America, and Europe.
Kathy continues to build on her clinical experience and knowledge working as a neuroscience research assistant at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital as well as working alongside distinguished physicians at the Dong Fang Hospital in Beijing, China, a leading research center in diabetes and endocrine diseases integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine and Modern Western Medicine for diagnosis and treatment. Kathy holds a M.Sc. in Chinese Medicine (First Class Honors Distinction), a B.Sc. in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Clinical Exercise Physiology (Cum Laude), and a Bachelor of Medicine from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. She is also a Scarlet Key Award recipient from her alma mater Boston University.
October LIVE webinars with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
September 16, 2020
Interact with Dr. Yang from the comfort of your home! By popular demand, he will offer two webinars in October. As a bonus, each participant will receive access to the Zoom recording of the lecture and a handout guide created by Dr. Yang. HD recordings of all webinars will be available for purchase.
Spine & Back Qigong
Saturday, October 3, 2020
1 - 3pm EDT (Eastern US)
Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and results in tens of billions of dollars in health care costs each year. Simple daily exercises can help you avoid injury and recover more quickly. Utilizing his background in martial arts and Qigong, Dr. Yang has compiled theory and exercises for the spine and lower back. This webinar will cover exercises for pain management and strength conditioning. Visit barkingrabbit.com.
Internal Alchemy Chart
Sunday, October 4, 2020
1 - 3pm EDT (Eastern US)
The Internal Alchemy chart is a Daoist diagram of the human body illustrating internal alchemy (內丹), the five elements (五行), Yin and Yang, and Chinese mythology. Learn about the images and poems and how they relate to Qigong meditation practices such as Embryonic Breathing and Small Circulation. This webinar will focus on theoretical discussion. Visit barkingrabbit.com.
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQD) Online Summit, Fall 2020
September 16, 2020
WTCQD is proud to announce that Dr. Pete Anthony Gryffin, author of the award winning book "Mindful Exercise: Metarobics, Healing, and the Power of Tai Chi," from YMAA Publications, has been selected to be part of an historic collection of some of the top minds in Internal Arts. Dr. Gryffin will be presenting in 20 minute interview/presentation and a 40 minute Panel Discussion with 3 other internationally known leaders. WTCQD Fall Online Summit will be held on September 26, 2020 at USA Eastern Time 1-5 pm.
Register NOW for this extraordinary online summit.
The theme for the Fall Summit will be: Where Does Spirituality Play Or Not Play In Your Practice Or Teaching?
SPEAKERS INCLUDE (see WorldTaiChiDay.org for Presenter Bios):
- Sifu Ariel Betti Adolphe of Tunisia, Africa (1 pm-1:20 pm USA Eastern Time)
- Sifu Mohamed Essa Mekawy of Cairo, Egypt (1:20 pm-1:40 pm USA Eastern Time)
- Sifu Nikola Maricic of Macau, China (1:40 pm-2 pm USA Eastern Time)
- Sifu Bev Abela of Perth, Australia (2 pm-2:20 pm USA Eastern Time) The panel discussion with the above leaders will take place from 2:20 pm-3 pm.
- Sifu Dr. Robert Woodbine of Harlem New York, USA (3 pm-3:20 pm USA Eastern Time
- Sifu Dave Pickens of Austin, Texas, USA (3:20 pm-3:40 pm USA Eastern Time)
- Sifu Dr. Pete Anthony Gryffin of Los Angeles, USA (3:40 pm-4 pm USA Eastern Time, 12:40-1 pm Pacific Time)
- Sifu Dr. Effie Chow of San Franciso, California, USA (4 pm-4:20 pm USA Eastern Time) The panel discussion with the above leaders will take place from 4:20 pm-5 pm.
Please spread the word.
2 New LIVE Webinars with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
July 14, 2020
Do you have questions for Dr. Yang? Now's your chance to ask them!
Attending Dr. Yang's seminars was previously limited to those who travelled to see him. Now you can tune in to his live webinars from the comfort of your own home while saving on time and travel expenses! As a bonus, participants can review the material by accessing the Zoom recordings of the lectures - a valuable resource not available at his in-person seminars. HD recordings of all webinars will also be available for purchase in the future.
After running successful webinars this spring, Dr. Yang has decided to offer two more in August:
August 15 & 16, 2020 (Saturday & Sunday)
1 - 2:30pm EDT (Eastern US)
"Embryonic Breathing," based on his internationally renowned book and video pairing of the same title, is one of Dr. Yang's most popular seminar topics. Embryonic Breathing is a Qigong meditation technique which establishes the foundation for internal cultivation and advanced practices. Learning how to improve the quality and quantity of Qi will lead to healthier living and establish the root of spiritual enlightenment. This webinar will cover material from Dr. Yang's existing publications along with his most updated theories & experiences in recent years.
Healing Qigong - Digestion
August 22 & 23, 2020 (Saturday & Sunday)
1 - 2:30pm EDT (Eastern US)
Healing Qigong is practiced to address existing problems and illnesses. Based on popular vote, the first topic in this series will be on digestive health. Maintaining your digestive system is critical in achieving a healthy and long life. Learn about the body's organ functions and practice simple exercises to strengthen your digestive system to minimize issues.
Online Seminar with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
June 1, 2020
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming will be teaching a live seminar, "Immune System Qigong," on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2020 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST each day. The seminar will be hosted by Barking Rabbit with Jonathan Chang and Michelle Lin.
The seminar theory and exercises is based upon his recent articles “How to Boost/Condition Your Immune System.” The two 90-minute live sessions will include a lecture, exercises and Q&A. A high definition recording will be available for purchase. It is suggested that you read Dr. Yang’s articles prior to the online seminar. Copies of the articles are available on the registration page.
Dr. Yang Seminars in March 2020
December 26, 2019
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming will teach seminars in Andover, MA, USA on March 24-29, 2020 on the topics of Saber Fundamentals, Muscle/Tendon Changing Qigong, and the ancient Five Animals Qigong series. Kathy Yang will also be available to book private 20-minute TCM sessions. For more information please visit YMAA Andover aka Yang's Fitness Center http://www.yangsfitnesscenter.com/ymaa/spromo_ymaa2.aspx#dryang20a.
Taiji Fighting Set Workshop in Boston Nov 17
October 21, 2019
Michelle Lin and Jonathan Chang will present the Taiji Fighting Set at YMAA Boston school, 756 South St., Boston, Mass. on Sunday November 17 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ben Warner, owner/operator of the YMAA Boston will be the host.
The Taiji Fighting Set is a two-person matching sequence in the YMAA taiji curriculum. The sequence challenges students to apply the principles and theories learned in pushing hands drills from previous levels. The class will focus on Parts 1 and 2. Students will be divided by their experience level. Prior knowledge of the Fighting Set is a plus, but not required.
Jonathan Chang and Michelle Lin began studying martial arts in their youth at YMAA Andover, Mass. In 2018, they completed the 10-year and 5-year full time training programs with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming at the YMAA Retreat Center in California. Jonathan and Michelle have taught kung fu and taijiquan to students of all ages and experience levels for over 10 years. Follow them on social media and visit www.barkingrabbit.com to sign up for Taiji Fighting Set, watch videos, learn about online live lessons, and view other offerings.
Dr. Catherine Kurosu Interviews on The Body Show
September 26, 2019
Dr. Catherine Kurosu returns to "The Body Show" on KHPR 88.1 FM Hawai'i Public Radio. Dr. Kurosu along with Dr. Aihan Kuhn are the YMAA authors of the second book in the "True Wellness" series, True Wellness The Mind: How to Combine the Best of Western and Eastern Medicine for Optimal Health. Dr. Kurosu touched upon the importance of acupuncture for anxiety, depression and insomnia, but also for other genealogical issues. She stated that hospitals are beginning to consider acupuncture for other surgical procedures. The interview can be found on the Daily Show.
Catherine Kurosu, MD, L.Ac. is an obstetrician and gynecologist who now specializes in acupuncture and Eastern medicine. She lives and practices medicine in Kailua, Hawaii.
Willie "The Bam" Johnson Book Signings in Maryland
September 26, 2019
Willie "The Bam" Johnson author of The Complete Martial Artist: Developing the Mind, Body, and Spirit of a Champion—Self-Mastery Empowering Youths will hold two book signings on September 28, 2019. The first location is at Books-A-Million, Laurel Shopping Center, 351 Montrose Ave., Laurel, MD 20707 from 10 to 11 a.m. and the second location is at the Life Time Athletic, 7220 Lee Deforest Drive, Columbia, MD 21046 from noon to 1 p.m.
The author will discuss and demonstrate how and why martial arts benefits teens and young adults and their parents, guardians and teachers. The author speaks from his own experiences and how he overcame one hardship after another through the discipline of martial arts.
Willie "The Bam" Johnson is an award-winning martial arts teacher whose life mission is to help young adults and others become empowered through the martial arts in order to make good life choices. He's a seven-time karate and kung fu world champion, a two-time All-American champion, and a nationally ranked Triple Crown martial arts champion. He teaches at The Bams Martial Arts Academy. Willie H. Johnson resides in Laurel, Maryland.
Dr. Yang Receives 2019 Indie Book Award
August 26, 2019
Dr. Yang's most recent book "Dao De Jing: A Qigong Interpretation" has received a Finalist award from the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. This book can be purchased through YMAA.com or online. Dr. Yang sent this quote: "These awards are judged by leaders of the independent book publishing industry and I am very pleased that my book was chosen to be honored in this way. You can also find my recent fiction novels – "Sun Chasers", "The Secrecy", "Resonance of Love", "Genetic Remembrance" on Amazon Kindle and in print editions."
David Kahn Book Event Barnes and Noble Princeton, NJ
July 30, 2019
David Kahn author of Krav Maga Combatives: Maximum Effect will hold an author book signing event at Barnes and Noble Princeton, 3535 US Route 1 South, Suite 400, Market Fair, Princeton, NJ on August 17, 2019 at 3 p.m. Seating will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the purchase of the book.
The author will begin his discussion with an introduction to Krav Maga Combatives. Those interested in building a strong self-defense foundation through the ability to optimally counter-attack will benefit from this presentation.
David Kahn is the United States chief instructor for the Israeli Krav Maga Association. He has trained all branches of the US military in addition to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. David is an instructor certified by the State of New Jersey Police Training Commission. He resides in Princeton, New Jersey.
Dr. Catherine Kurosu Interview on The Body Show
July 23, 2019
On August 12, at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Catherine Kurosu will be interviewed on "The Body Show." The show will air on KHPR 88.1FM Hawai'i Public Radio in Honolulu on Hawaiian Standard Time.
Dr. Kathy Kozak is the host of the show and also an internal medical specialist. She will interview Dr. Kurosu. The topic will be "Integrating Eastern and Western medicine in the optimal treatment of sleep problems, anxiety and depression." Dr. Kurosu is co-author along with Dr. Aihan Kuhn of True Wellness The Mind: How to Combine the Best of Western and Eastern Medicine for Optimal Health. The book will be the basis of the interview with Dr. Kurosu. This is the second book in the True Wellness series.
The authors recognize that the conventional way of managing sleep disorders, anxiety, and depression may not be sustainable for many who continue to struggle with these problems. "We have seen among our own patients how chronic stress can wear away at their well-being, often first by stealing their sleep, then dampening their mood, and finally disrupting their health."
Dr. Catherine Kurosu is an obstetrician and gynecologist who specializes in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. She lives and practices in Kailua, Hawaii. Dr. Aihan Kuhn is a medical doctor trained in both Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. She lives and teaches in Sarasota, Florida.
Master Zhou Teaching Autumn and Winter Qigong
July 8, 2019
Week-Long Retreat with Shifu Zhou Xuan Yun
May 30, 2019
Master Zhou will be hosting his first ever week-long retreat, August 3rd to August 8th. You'll have the opportunity to train with Shifu Zhou Xuan Yun, surrounded by the natural beauty of New Hampshire, USA. Come enjoy the benefits of training authentic Wudang Arts. In order to keep the quality of training high, only 15 applicants will be accepted. This week-long retreat is open to all, including beginners, and will include both Taiji and Kung Fu, including the Wudang Taiji 28-movement form and the Xuan Gong Quan Yilu form. Whether you've never trained before, or you have experience and would like an opportunity to polish your techniques and forms, please take this opportunity to experience training with Shifu Zhou at Xuan Ju Daoist Studies Center firsthand. More information here.
New Laws Pending for Qigong Teachers
May 15, 2019
New laws across the country are being proposed to require a license for all healing arts practitioners, including qigong teachers. In MA, Senate Bill S168 currently under consideration by the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure may have a devastating affect on how Qigong is practiced and taught in the state of Massachusetts. This bill as written, requires all teachers and clinical practitioners to have and maintain a Bodywork/Massage license regardless of what type of Qigong is taught or practiced; with no definition made between Personal, Martial, Clinical/Medical or Religious Qigong. YMAA Tulsa director Tom Bowen, also a board member at the National Qigong Association, has provided more information here.
True Wellness Receives Bronze IPPY Award
April 24, 2019
YMAA is proud to announce that True Wellness: How to Combine the Best of Western and Eastern Medicine for Optimal Health by Catherine Kurosu, MD, Lac and Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT received a bronze award from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in the Health/Medicine/Nutrition category. Since 1996, IPPY has been holding this competition for thought-provoking books from independent publishers, universities and self-published titles. This year there were 85 general categories, 24 regional categories and 11 E-book categories.
True Wellness is a step-by-step guide to optimal health, blending the best of Western and Eastern medical traditions. The authors' writings encourage individual responsibility and prepares you to take your first step. By combining ancient wisdom, cutting-edge scientific discoveries, and practical advice, this book will lead you through a transformation to true well-being in body, mind, and spirit.
Catherine Kurosu is an obstetrician and gynecologist who now specializes in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. She lives and practices in Kailua, Hawaii. Aihan Kuhn is a medical doctor trained in both Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. She lives and teaches in Sarasota, Florida.
The Protector Ethic Makes List of Best Philosophy Books of All Times
April 1, 2019
The Protector Ethic: Morality, Virtue and Ethics in the Martial Way by YMAA author, James V. Morganelli, recently made it to Book Authority's list, "Best Philosophy Books of all Times." Book Authority also stated that the book is also included in their "15 Best New Philosophy Books to Read in 2019." Book Authority is one of the world's leading websites for nonfiction book recommendations covering topics from philosophy, marketing and finance, fitness, history and personal development. It identifies and rates the best books based on public mentions, recommendations, ratings and sentiment. This includes maintaining a comprehensive collection of book recommendations from experts such as Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Professor Daniel Kahneman, Sheryl Sandberg and David Allen.
The Protector Ethic explores the principles and values that must anchor a modern warrior. "Martial arts are much more than technical exercises," said Moranelli. "They offer us a 'physical philosophy' that allows us to understand ourselves, teaches us about others, and demonstrates the true meaning of justice. These ethics help us make difficult moral decisions."
Dr. Yang April 2-7, 2019 Seminars
Mar 22, 2019
Fiction Ebooks Written by Dr. Yang
Jan 21, 2019
News from Dr. Yang: "As some may know, I have been writing fiction novels for a while to stimulate my brain. I hope this can help prevent Alzheimer's disease which runs in my family. It is also another way that I hope to incorporate spiritual concepts, and share the benefits of meditation and qigong practice to a larger audience, by incorporating them into these stories. I am very happy now to announce that two of my novels, The Secrecy and Sun Chasers (written with Dr. Robert Woodbine) are now available for Amazon Kindle. I hope you enjoy them."
YMAA Celebrates 36th Anniversary
October 5, 2018
October 1, 2018 is the 36th anniversary of Yang's Martial Arts Association. Please read this thoughtful post by YMAA President Nicholas Yang. "Today's lifestyles constantly challenge traditional precepts. What formulas might there be to once again kick-start and revitalize martial arts, to pave a clearer and more defined path for the future? Call it stubbornness or unsettled perseverance, I have refused to let go of this persistent and ever-evolving question.
I am certain that I cannot be the only one who feels that there exists a very certain essence in these arts, something so indescribable but yet so imperative to preserve, a remarkable beauty vested deep within that is undeniably worth striving for. I can only hope that we adequately do our part in keeping the spirit of the art true, in paying proper homage to our roots, and in effectively passing on this wonderful gift to the generations that follow.
As we begin anew with a fresh 12-year cycle, I encourage and invite everybody once again both within and outside of YMAA to come together. We must advance and progress as a whole in order to successfully preserve, fully understand, and further develop the quintessential nature of this complex and very profound art. I sincerely hope that we succeed in making our predecessors proud. Happy 36th, YMAA International."
YMAA Retreat Center Celebrates 10-year Graduation
June 26, 2018
Seven students from around the world graduated from programs at the YMAA Retreat Center on June 24, 2018. Students of the programs trained year round in the disciplines of Shaolin Long Fist, Shaolin White Crane, Yang-style Taijiquan, and Qigong.
The YMAA Retreat Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the arts. The center is located in the mountains of Humboldt County, California and established by world renowned author and teacher, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. Preserving the arts is the focus of Dr. Yang's work throughout the past 40 years.
"At the beginning, we had a total of 17 students, but those who only lasted were seven," said Dr. Yang. "These are the seven seeds I have planted in the last ten years. I just hope these seeds will grow and produce more seeds to preserve the arts."
Congratulations to the seven graduates, Quentin Lopes (6 years, United States), Enrico Tomei (5 years, Italy), Javier Rodiguez (9 years, United States), Jonathan Chang (10 years, United States), Frank Verhülsdonk (9 years, Switzerland), Piper Chan (5 years, Canada), and Michelle Lin (5 years, United States).
Dr. Yang added, "I hope all graduates will spend the rest of their lifetime to learn, practice, teach, and spread the knowledge continuously."
YMAA Author Zhou-Xuan Yun Opens Retreat Center
June 13, 2018
Xuan Ju is now accepting guest for extended stay and study of tai chi, qigong, kung fu and Daoism with Wudang master Zhou, Xuan-Yun. The center is 1.5 hours from Boston on 14 acres in souther New Hampshire. "It's been an absolute dream come true to see just how many people are interested in learning more about Daoism and all it has to offer such as Tai Chi/Taijiquan, Qigong, Kung Fu, Meditation, and all its other facets! I could never have imagined the tremendous response and interest that was to be found here in the United States! " Learn more here.
Dr. Yang and Students Participate at 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite Kung Fu Magazine Event
May 18, 2018
The 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite KungFuMagazine.com Championship will be held on May 19-20, 2019 in San Jose, California. It will be held once again in the spacious South Hall of San Jose's McEnery Convention Center.
"This year marks crossing the decade-long milestone," said Gene Ching, publisher of Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine. "It will be a landmark event that will offer lots of new and exciting improvements. And we are always looking for volunteers and sponsors."
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and students from YMAA Retreat Center will be participating in some of the following events.
On Saturday, May 19, it will be paired with the Tiger Claw Elite Taekwondo Championships and the External Divisions will compete. There will be a new external division dedicated exclusively to Songshan Shaolin – the Kung Fu directly from Shaolin Temple. On Saturday evening, there will be an Overall Grand Champion Finale where all ages of the Advanced Division Champions of Traditional Kung Fu, Songshan Shaolin and Modern Wushu compete on stage for the Grand Prize.
On Sunday, May 20 there will be the 7th Annual KUNG FU TAI CHI DAY alongside our Internal Divisions. There will be three Showcase Championships on stage, the WildAid Tiger Claw Championship, the Year of the Dog – Top Dog Championship, and the Ku Yu-Cheung Bak Sil Lum Championship. All Showcase Champions receive unique prizes and special attention in our post Championship coverage.
The 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite KungFuMagazine.com Championship will receive coverage in Kung Fu Tai Chi and KungFuMagazine.com and there will be a limited-edition DVDs of the event.
YMAA Author Dr. Aihan Kuhn Celebrates World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
April 24, 2018
Dr. Aihan Kuhn, YMAA author, celebrates "World Tai Chi & Qigong Day" on Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m. at Bay Front Park (Island Park) near Marina Jack, Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, Fla. Sponsoring the event will be the Tai Chi & Qi Gong Healing Institute.
"The event is free to the public," said Dr. Kuhn, an internationally recognized master instructor of tai chi and qigong. "We anticipate upwards to 100 people attending. No requirements necessary to participate. Beginners and those just interested are welcome. Other qualified instructors will be present to share the teaching."
"World Tai Chi & Qigong Day" is the brainchild of Bill Douglas, author and master instructor. As the event unfolds across the planet—six continents, 80 nations and in hundreds of cities—it is being dubbed as "24 Hours of World Peace." Check your local papers, Facebook or the "World Tai Chi Day" web site for an event near you.
YMAA Author Donivan Blair Signs New Book at Barnes and Noble Booth at Yellow City Comic Con
April 24, 2018
Donivan Blair, is the bassists for the rock band the Toadies. He is also the author, with T. G. LaFredo, of Even If It Kills Me: Martial Arts, Rock and Roll, and Mortality. Donivan Blair greeted many fans and signed his new book at the Barnes and Noble booth at the Yellow City Comic Con, Amarillo, Texas.
"I was surrounded by fellow comic fans and was treated great by the folks at Barnes and Noble," said Blair. "Fans took pictures with me and it turns out the founders of the Con are big fans of the book and the Toadies."
The book, is smart and funny, introspective and irreverent. Or as Blair said, "It blends rock and roll and taekwondo—two of the coolest things in the world."
According to the Yellow City Comic Con show promoters there were over 5,000 attendees at the annual event held at Amarillo Events Center in Texas. And they plan to return in 2019. The event raised money for the local Children's Miracle Network of Amarillo and High Plains Region.
YMAA author, Donivan Blair with T. G. LaFredo, wins Silver Award for book, Even If It Kills Me: Martial Arts, Rock and Roll, and Mortality
April 18, 2018
The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) announced the gold and silver winners in the prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award program, now in its thirtieth year.
YMAA author, Donivan Blair with T. G. LaFredo, recently received the Silver Award in the "Memoirs/Autobiography" category for Even If It Kills Me: Martial Arts, Rock and Roll, and Mortality at a gala dinner ceremony at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. "The book is smart and funny, introspective and irreverent. It blends rock and roll and taekwondo. Two of the coolest things in the world," said Donivan Blair, author.
The book cover sums it up, "This is the true story of a rock and roll musician who takes up taekwondo at age forty. Donivan Blair, bassist for the Toadies, knows he's past his physical prime, but he's determined to push himself and practice his dream of becoming a martial artist—even if it kills him."
This year's esteemed indie book award program recognized excellence in books published during calendar year 2017. From close to 1,500 entries, one gold winner and silver winners were named in each of fifty-four categories. Winners may be found on the IBPA web site.
"This year's list of IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award winners rest at the pinnacle of professional independent publishing. These are the best of the best," said IBPA CEO Angela Bole. "This is important because in the end it's not just about publishing; it's about publishing well. Becoming an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award winner showcases a publisher's commitment to professional standards and high-quality book content and production."
For 30 years, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award program has been regarded as one of the highest national honors for small and independent publishers. Over 150 librarians, booksellers, and design and editorial experts judge the books submitted to the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award program. The judging process takes seven months. At the end of the process, every entrant receives written critiques from the three individual judges who reviewed their book.
World Tai Chi Day 2018
April 6, 2018
Happy World Tai Chi Day! Every year on the last Saturday in April, Tai Chi and Qigong practitioners spend one hour practicing at 10am local time, resulting in a wave of Qi around the world. This event has grown over 20 years into a worldwide event taking place in every time zone. Founder Bill Douglas (link http://www.worldtaichiday.org/) has worked continuously to raise awareness of the benfits of these healing arts, sharing his message of "One world, one breath." You may even participate by relaxing wherever you are, and focusing on world peace for one hour.
Dr. Yang Announces New Training Program 2018
January 22, 2018
Dr. Yang has announced he will continue to teach until 2024 at the YMAA Retreat Center! You can apply now for a 3 or 5 year training experience, living at the Retreat Center with Dr Yang Jwing-Ming in CA. Apply now! https://www.ymaaretreatcenter.org/new-programs The first 10-year program is ending and graduation is in June 2018. The first generation of kung fu, tai chi and qigong students began in 2008. Applicants from around the world were selected for life on the mountain, training daily in the redwood forest of Northern California with Dr. Yang and visiting teachers, such as Dr. Yang's own 80-year old Taijiquan master Gao, Tao. These students are now moving on to teach around the world.
Best Selling Tai Chi DVD in Online Sales—Tai Chi Fit: Over 50 by David-Dorian Ross
January 22, 2018
YMAA Publication Center announced today that the DVD Tai Chi Fit: Over 50 by David-Dorian Ross is the best-selling Tai Chi DVD in online sales.
"This DVD is the best-selling tai chi DVD on earth after climbing into the top 10 of all exercise videos," said David Silver, director. "Author David-Dorian Ross helps the viewers to just have fun with tai chi and enjoy the flowing feeling of the short routine."
This signals the arrival of Tai Chi in mainstream America. This video gives exactly what viewers need, especially baby boomers. This low-impact whole body exercise done sitting or standing appeals to seniors, those with limited mobility or anyone looking for gentle exercise. No experience needed; it's a beginner-friendly, follow-along workout.
About the author: David-Dorian Ross has won eight US Gold Medals, a World Silver medal and two World Bronze medals in tai chi around the world. An acclaimed teacher, he has been featured on PBS and is the bestselling creator of the TaijiFit series and many titles, and co-creator with Jet Li of the TaijiZen series.
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