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Four YMAA Books Place as Finalists for the 2022 Best Book Awards

November 29, 2022

American Book Fest announced the winners and finalists of the 2022 Best Book Awards. Four of YMAA books received Finalist awards. They are Qigong Grand Circulation for Spiritual Enlightenment by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming in the Spiritually: General category, Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Teens: Teaching situational awareness to keep teenagers safe by Gary Quesenberry in the Parenting & Family category. Both The Art and Science of Self-Defense: A Comprehensive Instructional Guide by Joe Varady and The Triangle Hold Encyclopedia: Comprehensive Applications for Triangle Submission Techniques by Steve Scott received recognition in the Sports category.
Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in the 19th Annual Best Book Awards in over 90 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2020-2022. This year’s contest yielded thousands of entries from authors and publishers from around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.
See the full list of 2022 Best Book Awards here.

YMAA Celebrates 40th Anniversary

September 30, 2022

Established in the fall of 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts, Yang’s Martial Arts Association opened its first martial arts school.  Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming’s willingness to teach openly gradually led to the creation of dozens of YMAA schools around the world in many countries. In 1984, Dr. Yang founded the YMAA Publication Center, now located in New Hampshire, a pioneering publisher of Tai Chi, Qigong, martial arts, and health books and videos with worldwide distribution.

At age 15, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming began his Kung Fu training in Taiwan under Master Cheng, Gin-Gsao.  Under his training he became an expert in White Crane Style of Chinese martial arts.  During this time-period, he also studied Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan under Master Kao Tao.  At age 18, Dr. Yang entered Tamkang University in Taipei to study physics where he also trained and taught Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu with Master Li, Mao-Ching.  In 1974, he moved to the United States and graduated from Purdue University earning a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering. This background in science combined with his martial arts training was a valuable asset in teaching and writing over 40 books and 60 videos.

Today, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming continues to teach, write, and inspire students worldwide from his new home at Yang Family Heights, in McKinleyville, California.

Gary Quesenberry Appears as a Situational Awareness Expert on iCrime with Elizabeth Vargas

September 12, 2022

YMAA’s Gary Quesenberry, author of the ‘Heads Up’ series: Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe, Spotting Danger Before It Spots You: Build Situational Awareness To Stay Safe and Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Teens: Teaching situational awareness to keep teenagers safe (with more on the way) appears as a Situational Awareness Expert on the new program iCrime with Elizabeth Vargas on WBNX-TV. The new show is telecast weekdays at 10:30 and 1:30 AM, and Sunday at 6:30AM. WBNX-TV serves the Cleveland-Akron-Canton Ohio area which is the 19th largest television market in the US and has been on the air since 1985.

Joe Varady to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Karate Hall of Fame

August 3, 2022

YMAA author Joe Varady has been chosen to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Karate Hall of Fame Class of 2022. Varady, who started training in 1985, is a seventh-degree black belt and the author of three books: The Art and Science of Staff Fighting, The Art and Science of Stick Fighting, and The Art and Science of Self-Defense, and two videos: The Art and Science of Staff Fighting and The Art and Science of Stick Fighting.
The induction ceremony will take place at the 5th Annual Pennsylvania Karate Hall of Fame banquet on Sunday, November 6, 2022, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Hermann Bayer PhD Presented at the 7th International Martial Arts Studies Conference

July 7, 2022

YMAA author Hermann Bayer, Ph.D. presented at the 7th International Martial Arts Studies Conference held at Lausanne University, Switzerland from June 29 to July 2, 2022. The topic of Dr. Bayer’s presentation was ‘Japan’s Assertion of Okinawan Karate: How a Sub-Cultural Intangible Heritage Is Used as a National Cultural Symbol.’ This presentation was in connection to Dr. Bayer’s book, Analysis of Genuine Karate: Misconceptions, Origins, Development, and True Purpose.

The 7th International Martial Arts Studies Conference focused upon “Martial Arts, Tradition and Globalisation.” It was originally planned for summer 2021 but was postponed until 2022 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The 8th International Martial Arts Studies Conference “50 Years After Bruce Lee: Asian Martial Arts On-Screen and Off” is scheduled for July 19-21, 2023 at the University of Sheffield in the UK.

For more, visit Martial Arts Studies Research Network.

Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids Receives 1st Place Recognition

June 29, 2022

YMAA author, Gary Quesenberry, received first place in the parenting category for his book, Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Kids: Teaching situational awareness to keep children safe, from 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Catherine Goulet, board member and literary agent, and Marylin Allen, founder of Next Generation Indie Book Awards, presented Gary with an award certificate and medal at the recent awards ceremony held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C.

“I’m so very honored to have received this recognition,” he said. “The Spotting Danger Situational Awareness series has gathered more attention and success than I ever thought possible.”

To date there are three books in Gary’s ‘Heads Up’ series – the other two are Spotting Danger Before It Spots You: Build Situational Awareness To Stay Safe and Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Teens: Teaching situational awareness to keep teenagers safe with a fourth book set for publication in the in the spring of 2023.

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming 2022 Seminars in Boston, MA

June 28, 2022

On September 24-25, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming will lead the following seminars at Yang’s Martial Arts Association of Boston in Roslindale, MA.

Saturday September 24: White Crane Qigong

Sunday September 25: Chin Na

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming 2022 Seminars in Andover, MA

June 27, 2022

On October 1-2, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming will lead the following seminars at Yang’s Martial Arts in Andover, MA.

Saturday October 1: Grand Qigong Circulation

This is in conjunction with Dr. Yang’s latest book, Grand Qigong Circulation for Spiritual Enlightenment.

Sunday October 2: Medical/Healing Qigong

Early Bird rate available for a limited time.

Two YMAA Apps named among the ​8 Best Apps for Learning Tai Chi Using Your Smartphone by MakeUseOf.com

June 23, 2022

MakeUseOf.com (aka MUO) declared the ​8 Best Apps for Learning Tai Chi Using Your Smartphone and two YMAA apps were included in their 2022 list. Yang Tai Chi for Beginners 1 by Dr. Yang placed 1st and Tai Chi Martial Applications placed 3rd.

Founded in 2007, MUO has grown into one of the largest online technology publications on the web. Our expertise in all things tech has resulted in millions of visitors every month and hundreds of thousands of fans on social media.

Read 8 Best Apps for Learning Tai Chi Using Your Smartphone here.

Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids by Gary Quesenberry is the First Runner-Up for the 2022 Eric Hoffer Award

May 4, 2022

Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids: Teaching Situational Awareness to Keep Children Safe by Gary Quesenberry received the "First Runner Up" in the "Home" category of the 2022 Eric Hoffer Award

The Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer.

For more, see Parenting & Family 2021 Best Book Awards.

2022 Summer Seminars with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

May 2, 2022

Since the successful completion of the YMAA Retreat Center project, Master Yang has moved to a new location in Northern California to live and teach. He is offering seminars with a total of 15 people at a time on several topics, with limited spaces available for registration: Small Circulation, Qigong Grand Circulation, Taijiquan / Saber, and Taiji Pushing Hands / Fighting Set. If you are interested, please sign up online as soon as possible (www.yangjwingming.com).

Tai Chi Concepts and Experiments by Robert Chuckrow, Ph.D. is a Finalist for the 2021 Foreword Indies Awards

March 22, 2022

Tai Chi Concepts and Experiments: Hidden Strength, Natural Movement, and Timing by Robert Chuckrow, Ph.D. is a Finalist in the Adventure, Sports & Recreation (Adult Nonfiction) category of the 2021 Foreword Indies Awards.

As part of its mission to discover, review, and share the best books from university and independent publishers, Foreword Magazine, Inc. hosts an annual awards program each year. Finalists represent the best books published in 2021. After more than 2,500 individual titles spread across 55 genres were submitted for consideration, the Finalists were determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners will be decided by an expert team of booksellers and librarians—representing Foreword’s trade readership—from across the country.

For more, see 2021 Foreword Indies Finalists

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming article in Qi Journal

March 15, 2022

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming has published an excerpt from his new book Qigong Grand Circulation for Spiritual Enlightenment.

“Scientific Foundation of Brain Washing Qigong” appears in the Spring 2022 issue of Qi Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1.

Daniel Modell’s 2022 Seminar Schedule

March 3, 2022

Here are the upcoming seminars from Daniel Modell, author of the YMAA book The Warrior's Manifesto: Ideals for those who Protect and Defend planned so far for 2022.

Date: March 15, 2022
Location: Hunts Point Terminal Market, Bronx, NY
Agency: Public Safety Department, Hunts Point Terminal Market
Topic: Annual Recertification--Use of Force

Date: April-2022
Location: Orange County Sheriff’s Department, New York
Agency: District Attorney-Orange County
Topic: Decision-Making in High-Stakes Encounters

Date: May-2022
Location: Orange County Sheriff's Department, New York
Agency: District Attorney-Orange County
Topic: Decision-Making in High Stakes Encounters

Date: June-August, 2022
Location: Peter Cooper Village- Stuyvesant Town, New York, NY
Agency: Public Safety Department, Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town
Topic: Basic Course for Peace Officers (New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services)

Date: September-December, 2022
Location: Roosevelt Island Operating Corpration, New York, NY
Agency: Public Safety Department, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation
Topic: Basic Course for Peace Officers (New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services)

A previous seminar was held on February 9, 2022, at Randalls Island, New York, NY for the New York City Fire Marshals on the topic of Self-Defense under Stress. Modell plans to schedule additional 2022 seminars in the future.

Bruce Costa Discussion & Book Signing at the Doylestown Bookshop

January 30, 2022

Bruce Costa will be at the Doylestown Bookshop for a Discussion & Book Signing of his new YMAA book Welcome To Karate: Unlocking the Wisdom of the Beginner's Mind on Friday February 4th at 6:00 PM, 16 S Main St, Doylestown, PA.

See BOOK SIGNING: BRUCE COSTA / WELCOME TO KARATE

Gary Quesenberry Interviewed on Firearm Trainer’s Podcast

January 25, 2022

YMAA author Gary Quesenberry, author of the ‘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 an the upcoming title Spotting Danger Before it Spots Your Teens was interviewed by Rob Beckman for Firearm Trainer’s Podcast.

Listen to S2E21 Situational Awareness for Teenagers
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Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids by Gary Quesenberry is a Finalist for the 2021 Best Book Awards

December 14, 2021

Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids: Teaching Situational Awareness to Keep Children Safe by Gary Quesenberry received a “Finalist” award in the Parenting & Family category of the 2021 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.

According to Best Book Awards, this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries, which were narrowed down to 400 winners in 90 categories. This year’s contest represents a wide mix of books from a multitude of publishers throughout the United States. American Book Fest is in its 19th year and is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.

For more, see Parenting & Family 2021 Best Book Awards.

Krav Maga Fundamental Strategies by David Kahn is a Finalist for the 2021 Best Book Awards

December 13, 2021

Krav Maga Fundamental Strategies by David Kahn received a “Finalist” award in the Sports category of the 2021 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.

According to Best Book Awards, this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries, which were narrowed down to 400 winners in 90 categories. This year’s contest represents a wide mix of books from a multitude of publishers throughout the United States. American Book Fest is in its 19th year and is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.

For more, see Sports 2021 Best Book Awards.

Welcome To Karate by Bruce Costa is a Finalist for the 2021 Best Book Awards

December 12, 2021

Welcome To Karate: Unlocking the Wisdom of the Beginner's Mind by Bruce Costa received a “Finalist” award in the Sports category of the 2021 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.

According to Best Book Awards, this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries, which were narrowed down to 400 winners in 90 categories. This year’s contest represents a wide mix of books from a multitude of publishers throughout the United States. American Book Fest is in its 19th year and is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.

For more, see Sports 2021 Best Book Awards.

Analysis of Genuine Karate by Hermann Bayer, Ph.D. is a Finalist for the 2021 Best Book Awards

December 11, 2021

Analysis of Genuine Karate: Misconceptions, Origins, Development, and True Purpose by Hermann Bayer, Ph.D. received a “Finalist” award in the Sports category of the 2021 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.

According to Best Book Awards, this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries, which were narrowed down to 400 winners in 90 categories. This year’s contest represents a wide mix of books from a multitude of publishers throughout the United States. American Book Fest is in its 19th year and is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.

For more, see Sports 2021 Best Book Awards.

Tai Chi Concepts and Experiments by Robert Chuckrow, Ph.D. Wins 2021 Best Book Awards

December 10, 2021

Tai Chi Concepts and Experiments: Hidden Strength, Natural Movement, and Timing by Robert Chuckrow, Ph.D. received a “Winner” award in the Sports category of the 2021 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.

According to Best Book Awards, this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries, which were narrowed down to 400 winners in 90 categories. This year’s contest represents a wide mix of books from a multitude of publishers throughout the United States. American Book Fest is in its 19th year and is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.

For more, see Sports 2021 Best Book Awards.

Analysis of Genuine Karate by Hermann Bayer Accepted into the Okinawa Prefecture Karate / Kobudo Museum

December 2, 2021

Analysis of Genuine Karate: Misconceptions, Origins, Development, and True Purpose, a new YMAA book by Hermann Bayer, Ph.D., has been accepted for inclusion in the library collection of the Okinawa Prefecture Karate / Kobudo Museum in Okinawa, Japan. Museum founder Tetsuhiro Hokama Sensei expressed his gratitude upon receiving the new book.

Bruce Costa interviewed on Safest Family on the Block

November 16, 2021

Bruce Costa, author of the new YMAA book Welcome To Karate: Unlocking the Wisdom of the Beginner's Mind, was interviewed by Jason Brick on Safest Family on the Block. Watch Martial Arts for Life (SFOTB S6E4).

2022 Woman's Healing Retreat with Dr. Aihan Kuhn

November 15, 2021

YMAA Author Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT is leading the 2022 Woman's Healing Retreat on January 28 to 31, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, Florida. Join Dr. Kuhn in this unique program that provides women the opportunity to experience, learn, heal, begin the journey to inner strength, and to shine. This weekend retreat will involve learning holistic healing wisdom, daily practices for self healing, boost immune system, restore emotional balance, and effective ways to reduce life stress. The program includes lectures, discussion, hands-on practice, and special exercises for women. Participants will experience a fantastic feeling, relaxation, rejuvenation, gaining confidence, feeling the happiness, and bring home smiles and peace. In addition, participants will gain skills in problem-solving, leadership, and knowledge of self-healing techniques. What you learn here will last and help maintain relationships within the family and with other people.

For more information, visit taichihealing.org.

Second David Kahn article on The Art of Manliness

October 26, 2021

David Kahn, author of the new YMAA book Krav Maga Fundamental Strategies, has written another article for The Art of Manliness.
Read How to Look Behind You (Without Looking Behind You) adapted from his new book.

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.

Helen Liang Streaming Class

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.

YMAA Celebrates Its 39th Anniversary

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.