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News and Events — January-June 2009

David Grantham's Seminar in New York

Mr. Washington personally experiences Small Wrap Hand

June 26, 2009
On June 6th and 7th, YMAA hopeful DJ Washington hosted Coach Instructor David Grantham for two seminars in Olean, New York. The subject of Saturday's seminar was Taiji Ball Qigong where students were given a lecture on the theories of Qigong and Taiji Ball. They then were introduced to the primary circular movements for practice. On Sunday, students were given the pleasure of learning Chin Na. "Overall I believe the seminars were very successful. It was great to see students as well as teachers from other school and disciplines attending. It shows their desire to continue to learn and promote martial arts which is very important for us all. Mr. Washington was an excellent host and I look forward to returning to the area for future seminars" said Grantham. DJ Washington has been studying the Northern Tibetan White Crane system for 13 years now. After discovering Master Yang and attending his seminars his goal has been to someday open a YMAA school in the area. If you wish to attend one of his future YMAA seminars, please contact him at 716-904-4864 or email him at [email protected]. If you are interested in hosting Mr. Grantham in your area, you may contact the YMAA Headquarters in Boston, or email him at [email protected]

Ramel Rones at Tai Chi Symposium

Ramel Rones at Tai Chi Symposium

June 25, 2009
On Friday, July 10, 2009, YMAA author Ramel Rones will present his research on the benefits of tai chi for osteoarthritis of the knee at the International Tai Chi Symposium in Nashville, TN. The world's leading Grandmasters of all tai chi styles and the foremost researchers in the medical community will gather during this week-long symposium to share ideas and research, and practice tai chi together. Ramel works at Tufts University School of Medicine as a co-researcher with Professor Chenchen Wang, MD, MSc, and their 40-person controlled study is one of the first of its kind to be published widely in the Western medical community. Harvard University's May 2009 Newsletter mentions this study and others, stating that "there is growing evidence that this mind-body practice... has value in treating and preventing many health problems", including arthritis, bone density, cancer, heart disease, hypertension, Parkinson's, and others. We are confident that this integration of Eastern and Western wisdom will continue, and as more and larger studies are conducted, the ancient arts of tai chi and qigong will flourish in modern times. You may read more about Rami's work here.

3rd Traditional YMAA Kung Fu Championship in Portugal

Portugal Competition

June 22, 2009
On July 19th, YMAA Portugal will host the 3rd edition of Traditional YMAA Kung Fu Championship. The event will be held at the Forum Luís de Camões (Amadora-Lisbon) and sponsored by the town hall of Amadora. Other Chinese martial arts schools in the region have accepted YMAA Portugal invitation to join the competition. As with previous times, WSTP (Wing Sing Tong Portugal), APKFXW (Kung Fu Xuan Wu Portuguese Association), Hong Long (Hong Long Kung Fu Club, Shaolin-Si (Shaolin-Si Portuguese Association), and ACLFP (Choy Lee Fat Oporto Association) will be attending. And for the very first time, students from another YMAA branch school, YMAA France, will also be competing. With this event, YMAA Portugal aims to promote competition in traditional Kung Fu, and to establish a competition event for all YMAA branch schools in the future.

Dr. Kuhn attends book signing in Massachusetts

Aihan Khun

June 16, 2009
Noted author and Taiji expert, Dr. Aihan Kuhn, will attend a book signing event at Tatnuck Booksellers, 18 Lyman St., Westborough, Mass. on June 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. for her latest book, Simple Chinese Medicine: A Beginner's Guide to Natural Healing & Well-Being. This book is written for those new to natural healing and is based upon centuries old practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). More information can be found on the author's website.

Arthur Rosenfeld holds book signing event in Florida

Quiet Teacher

June 16, 2009
Nationally known author and martial arts expert, Arthur Rosenfeld, will attend a book signing event at Books & Books, 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Fla, at 7 p.m. on June 18 for his latest book, Quiet Teacher, A Xeon Pearl Martial Arts Thriller. This book is the second in a series of Xeon Pearl martial arts mystery adventures, a celebrated neurosurgeon by day and a secret vigilante by night. More information can be found on the author's website.

Train with Dr. Yang in California

Kris Wilder Missouri

June 15, 2009
You are invited to YMAA CA and join in the training there with Dr. Yang, almost any time of the year. YMAA members receive a discount. The training is challenging, and you will learn at an accelerated rate and will achieve higher levels of skill and understanding in a much shorter period. As a visitor, you must follow the usual Retreat Center student rules and schedule. The Retreat Center offers an ideal setting to immerse yourself in training away from the distractions of every day life, with an organic garden, a Spring-fed well, and good energy deep in the forest of Northern California. Details and pricing are located at this link.

Renewed YMAA Youtube Channel

Kris Wilder Missouri

June 9, 2009
Visit the all-new page and you can watch dozens of YMAA videos of previews for many YMAA DVDs, as well as YMAA-related videos from our friends and fans around the world. Recent additions include Nicholas Yang, Kathy Yang, and Dr Yang performing Shaolin Sword Sequences and Applications, Jon Chang performing Yi Lu Mai Fu, and Zhou, Xuan-Yun at the 2009 Zhang Seng Feng Festival last weekend.

Kris Wilder Presents Seminar in Missouri

Kris Wilder Missouri

June 9, 2009
The "Application of Power" seminar by Kris Wilder, noted author and martial artists, is set for Saturday, June 13, 2009, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Metropolitan Community College-Blue River campus, at the Arts & Sciences Building – Room 100 (gymnasium) 20301 E. 78 Highway, Independence, Mo. The program entails mechanics, applications, strategy, and is open to all styles. Fee $50. The seminar benefits the "Single Parent Book Loan Program" at the college. For more information contact Eric Parsons, MCC:BRC at (816) 220-6746, [email protected] or visit

Dr. Aihan Kuhn Holds Book Signing in Massachusetts

Dr. Aihan Khun

June 9, 2009
Noted author and Taiji expert, Dr. Aihan Kuhn, will attend a book signing event at Barnes & Noble, 1 Worcester Rd, Framingham, Mass. on Saturday, June 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. for her latest book, Simple Chinese Medicine: A Beginner's Guide to Natural Healing & Well-Being. This book is written for those new to natural healing and is based upon centuries old practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). More information can be found on the author's website.

YMAA Now on Twitter

YMAA at Twitter

June 3, 2009
Now there's one more way to keep in touch with us at YMAA! Twitter is a very popular and fast-growing service that offers quick updates. You can find us at Click to "Follow" our updates or subscribe to the rss feed to know everything that is happening with YMAA every day. We'll use Twitter to inform you of news, articles, seminars, and YMAA events around the world.

YMAA Boston World Taiji Day 2009 Largest Gathering

World Taiji Day

by Dan deLomba (Photo Connie Forbes) May 1, 2009
Yang's Martial Arts Association in Boston, Mass., celebrated this year's World Tai Chi Qigong Day event by inviting a number of other schools to participate. The event took place at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain and was the scene of the largest gathering of tai chi participants ever. Blessed with unseasonably warm weather and a flurry of cherry blossoms from surrounding trees, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves immensly. Bill Douglas, WTCQD organizer, did a wonderful job keeping people informed as the event unfolded.

Robert Chuckrow will hold book signing and Tai Chi demonstration

Robert Chuckrow

May 1, 2009
Robert Chuckrow, Ph.D. will give a Tai Chi demonstration and book-signing event at Barnes & Noble, 3105 E. Main Street (Route 6), Mohegan Lake, NY, on Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. His latest book, Tai Chi Dynamics: Principles of Natural Movement, Health, & Self-Development, will be available. This book won the 2008 USA Book News award for "Best book in Health: Exercise and Fitness category." Robert Chuckrow, whose Ph.D. is in physics and is a master teacher of Kinetic Awareness, will give a presentation about Tai Chi, which he has studied for almost four decades. He will briefly summarize the basic philosophical, health, meditative, and self-defense aspects of the art. Dr. Chuckrow and some of his students will demonstrate the first section of Cheng Man'ch'ing's short form. Finally, Dr. Chuckrow will teach the first few movements of that form to those who wish to participate. For further information, call Barnes & Noble at (914) 528-7534.

Zhou Xuan Yun Invited as a Guest Judge

Zhou Xuan Yun invitedZhou Xuan Yun invited

April 23, 2009
Zhou Xuan Yun, the author of the Wudang Taijiquan DVD and upcoming Wudang Kung Fu Fundamentals DVD(October 09) has been invited as a guest judge for the 4th Greater Hartford International Chinese Martial Arts Festival. Master Zhou will be judging the internal arts category of the competition. The Wudang arts, which Master Zhou trained throughout his childhood on Wudang Mountain, are internal martial arts, focusing on whole body movements, redirecting incoming force, and the use of the body's "Qi" or vital energy. The Festival, which will be held on May 9, 2009 in South Windsor, CT, will be hosted by the Foundation for American and Chinese Cultural Exchange, Inc., along with the Shaolin Wushu Center, the Connecticut Chinese Culture Center, and the Zhejiang Wushu Association. Tournament divisions include Kungfu, Wushu, and Taiji, and are categorized by age, gender, and experience. Grand champion awards will be given for the following categories: men's contemporary advanced adult gongfu, women's contemporary advanced adult gongfu, men's traditional advanced adult gongfu, women's traditional, advanced adult gongfu, men's internal,women's internal, and group. Each Grand Champion individual and group will receive $500 and a trophy. The day's events will be followed by a masters demonstration and banquet. Those competing are asked to register before May 2, 2009. Spectator tickets are available online or at the door. Online registration is available.

More information about Zhou Xuan Yun and the Wudang martial arts can be found on his website.

Join YMAA for World Tai Chi Day April 25th

World Taiji Day - April 2009

Updated: April 23, 2009
On Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 9:30 am you are invited to join a free YMAA Tai Chi and Qigong group practice at the Arnold Arboretum. Everybody is welcome to join and all levels of experience are encouraged to attend. Just bring yourself, comfortable clothes, and lots of Chi ;). Also feel free to bring your dog, kids, frisbees, and whatever you feel is appropriate for a Spring day outdoors. Please note that Arnold Arboretum has some restrictions. No food or beverages, pick up after yourself, and please care for the plant life. At 10:00am, we'll be practicing the Yang-Style Taijiquan form following the tradition of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, a day when people all around the world do Tai Chi at 10:00am in their respective time zones. We'll also do some simple Qigong Exercises for Health and Pushing Hands.

YMAA Andover will also be hosting a free World Taiji & Qigong Day event, at Yang's Fitness Center (5 Dundee Park, Andover, MA). Their event will begin at 10:15am and include Qigong, Taiji, open practice, demonstrations, and Q&A.

The World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, which is celebrating its 11th year on April 25, 2009, was founded by author and martial artist Bill Douglas. The annual event will promote the related disciplines of Tai Chi and Qigong in 65 countries around the globe. There will be events in schools, towns, and cities world-wide to embrace wisdom from all cultures of the world. For further information about the event or how you might participate, visit your nearest YMAA School or the World Tai Chi Day website.

Also, on Saturday April 25, join Dr. Aihan Kuhn from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Framingham Common in Framingham, Mass. Experience a free morning of Tai Chi and Qigong practice and see demonstrations. Dr. Kuhn serves as president of the Tai Chi & Qi Gong Healing Institute, a non-profit organization and is the director of Chinese Medicine for Health, a clinic based in Hollistion, Massachusetts, which is dedicated to healthy lifestyles through alternative and natural medicine. She is also author of Simple Chinese Medicine: A Beginner's Guide to Natural Healing & Well-Being.

Tom Seabourne Selected into Taekwondo Hall of Fame

Taekwondo Hall of Fame

April 2, 2009
Author and martial artist, Tom Seabourne, Ph.D., has been selected as an inductee into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame on April 10, 2009. The second official awards ceremony set for 6 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel 100 Frank W. Burr Boulevard in Teaneck, N.J.
"I feel honored that I was selected into the 2009 Taekwondo Hall of Fame," said Seabourne, professor of exercise science. "Certain members of the 1979, 1980 U.S. National Taekwondo Team will be inducted."

The event will include a series of daytime seminars and workshops. A prestigious group of Taekwondo practitioners and special guests will be attending from numerous countries, including Korea, Mexico, Canada, Surinam, Croatia, Brazil, India and Malaysia.
Dr. Seabourne has been a two-time All-American member of the United States Taekwondo Team and a National International AAU Taekwondo Champion. He currently holds four ultra-distance cycling World Records. He is the author of Complete Cardio Kickboxing, The Martial Arts Athlete, Mind Body Fitness, and Power Body, YMAA Publication Center.

Hoffer Award Announces 2009 da Vinci Eye Finalist

Taiji Dynamics Cover

April 2, 2009
The cover of Tai Chi Dynamics: Principles of Natural Movement, Health & Self-Development by Robert Chuckrow, Ph.D. , YMAA Publication Center July 2008, is a finalist for the 2009 da Vinci Eye award sponsored by the Eric Hoffer Book Award. Each year, the da Vinci Eye is given to the title with superior cover artwork. Cover art is judged on both content and style by the da Vinci Eye Committee. Final judging will be in mid-April 2009.

Rory Miller Interviewed by Foreword Magazine

Rory Miller Interview in Foreword Magazine

March 17, 2009
Rory Miller, renowned YMAA author of Meditations on Violence and currently serving in Iraq as a training instructor was recently interviewed by Foreword Magazine.

About writing the book, he said, “there’s a very real possibility that Meditations on Violence would never have seen print. It was originally therapy, and maybe something that I would pass to my jujutsu students. I sent the first draft to a few friends, all skilled martial artists with experience of violence. One of them, Kris Wilder (author of Lessons From the Dojo Floor, The Way of Zanshin and co-author of The Way of Kata) called me the next day. He’d been on the phone with his publisher when the manuscript arrived and the publisher was interested. Kris had already sent it on to David Ripianzi at YMAA and he hoped I didn’t mind. I’ve been known to yawn while a three hundred pound biker is screaming threats, but when Kris said that he’d sent it to a publisher I felt a very solid shot of adrenaline.” Read more>>

Help Those Less Fortunate and . . . Help Your Martial Arts School at the Same Time

Kris Wilder Seminar

March 17, 2009
Kris Wilder is an author with 35 years of martial arts experience. He is concerned about those who need a helping hand during these hard economic times. His idea to help those less fortunate and to promote martial arts schools is innovative and worthwhile.

“I have said many times that martial artists are different. We experience life differently and respond to life’s challenges differently, too,” said Wilder. “ It has been my experience that the very attributes that make us successful at the martial arts also make us good people to turn to in time of need. We take our fortitude and determination to where they’re needed. That’s why I’m contacting you today. Over our combined lifetimes, we’ve encountered situations where someone is in need. You know who I mean, an individual or family struggling with health or financial issues who could use our help. This is especially true today, a time of economic crisis for many.” Read more>>

YMAA Books Now on Amazon Kindle

YMAA Amazon Kindle Books

March 16, 2009
If you haven't heard about it already in the news, the new Amazon "Kindle" has quickly become the leading e-book reading device. We have tested it and find it to be a high-quality reader. We're happy to announce that all YMAA titles are now available as Kindle editions.

More YMAA titles will be added soon. The Kindle is capable of holding over 1,000 books at a time, and you can wirelessly download a book in under one minute. Of course, you can read an e-book on any device. E-books are extremely handy and are quickly gaining popularity as you can bring them with you on your daily commute, or take your training book to class. YMAA ebooks are also available on several book pages in the YMAA webstore.

New YMAA Western MA School

Jeff Rosen

March 9, 2009
A new YMAA school in Western Massachusetts (Northampton), USA joins the YMAA community. YMAA Western MA will be headed by Jeff Rosen, a local Leeds resident who has studied traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming for over 18 years. Classes are currently being held at the Studio Helix (at Thorne's Marketplace, 150 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060) on Mondays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and Fridays from 8:00am to 9:00am.

Shaolin Kung Fu classes will soon be added. They will be taught by Jamie Ishii, who used to train at YMAA Boston. First week of classes is free! After the first week, the course fee will be only $35 per month, which also covers your YMAA membership. YMAA members occasionally get additional discounts on YMAA products, special classes, or seminars. For more information please contact Jeff Rosen.

Doug Cook Lecture at the Korea Society

Doug Cook at Korean Society

March 6, 2009
Doug Cook, a renowed author of YMAA Publication Center will present a lecture at the Korea Society in New York City, a highly prestigious organization whose mission it is to cultivate understanding and strong bonds between Korea and the United States. Recent speakers have included President H.W. Bush, Henry Kissinger and Madeline Albright. The lecture entitled "Exploring the Traditional Korean Martial Art of Taekwondo" will be presented on Monday, March 23, 2009. Registration is required. For more information about this lecture visit the Korea Society.

Mark Klein YMAA Taijiquan Instructor

Mark Klein

March 5, 2009
Congratulations to Mark Klein, a regular YMAA Boston Taijiquan and Pushing Hands instructor for over 5 years, for passing the test to earn his 5th Taijiquan rank. The test was conducted directly by Dr. Yang during his short visit to Boston. The 5th rank is officially titled "YMAA Taijiquan Instructor", and it is a significant accomplishment for any practitioner to achieve. Typically it takes between 5 to 10 years to reach such a deep level of Taijiquan training.

Mark has been training martial arts for over 20 years and has long been a strong advocate of understanding, training, and developing martial applications, root, and foundation in the internal arts. He is also well-versed in Taiji Ball Qigong training.

Aside from being a Taijiquan instructor, he is a Principal Research Scientist currently working at MIT.

YMAA International New Schools

Jeff Rosen New YMAA School

March 5, 2009
YMAA International welcomes its 2 newest schools, located in Clonmel, Ireland and Northampton, Massachusetts. Damian Fox has been a student at Paul Moran's YMAA school in Dublin for many years and recently decided to open the second YMAA branch school in Ireland. Damian will be hosting a Taijiquan school in Clonmel. YMAA Ireland has been on the rise in recent years, and we are excited that Damian has taken this initiative to expand the YMAA Irish community. Jeff Rosen will be hosting a Taijiquan school in Western MA. He is a qualified YMAA instructor and has assisted Dr. Yang in multiple seminars in Taijiquan, Pushing Hands, and Qigong over several years. He is from one of the earlier YMAA Boston generations who trained directly under Dr. Yang, and he has been with Dr. Yang for over 18 years. Jeff is hoping to provide an opportunity for residents of Western Massachusetts who are too far away from Boston to experience and join in on traditional Taijiquan and Qigong practice.

We wish Damian and Jeff the best of luck and are happy to have their schools in our community.

2009 Winter Seminars a Success

Seminars Winter 2009

March 3, 2009
The 2009 Winter seminar season was a great success, with many participants attending from around the world. Several people tested with Dr. Yang and moved on to their next level of certification. You may see photos from each weekend seminar at the Boston website. A common topic this season was Dr. Yang's ongoing efforts with the Retreat Center in California, and those interested in supporting the project may do so using PayPal for a one-time or monthly donation. Here's a recent video from the Retreat Center. Thanks to all of you for making the growing YMAA community such an excellent and diverse group.

Robert Chuckrow "Best Book Award Winner"

Robert Chuckrow Awarded

February 17, 2009
Robert Chuckrow, a YMAA Publication Center author, was awarded "Best Book Award Winner" for Tai Chi Dynamics: Principles of Natural Movement, Health & Self Development. Robert Chuckrow, a Taiji (Tai Chi) practitioner for thirty-seven years with a doctorate in experimental physics, applies logic and basic scientific principles of anatomy, physiology, and physics to clarify muscular action, breathing, and alignment in Taiji movement and push-hands. A great impact on Chuckrow's teachings comes from studying for five years with the late Zheng Manqing (Cheng Man-ch'ing). On the awarded book there are discussions on Zheng's philosophies and his students. Read more>>

YMAA Winter Seminars 2009

Seminars Winter 2009

January 23, 2009
The 2009 Winter seminar season is starting in Boston, with weekend classes on Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming will be teaching in Boston, MA, USA during the month of February. Click here for details about the subjects, and for registration details.

Update: YMAA Author Achieving World Record - New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Seabourne Record Attempt

January 15, 2009
The New Year has arrived. “What are you committed to?” asks Seabourne. “You might find yourself searching for an answer. Although you may not be preparing for a big race or have any clearly defined fitness goals--or any goals--you are still committed.” He states that we may be committed to not changing, committed to avoiding exercise, and committed to just getting by.“You see,” he said, “commitment comes in two forms, the noble "hero" stuff we love to talk about and the stuff we not only don't want to talk about, but usually don't even admit to ourselves. And the damn thing is in the absence of a clear, compelling, true north commitment, one that is drawing forth our inner strength, the other commitments, those that keep us down and in a "spin cycle" are in control and driving our lives.” Read more »


California Retreat Center Video Online

January 13, 2009
A new video made by the YMAA Retreat Center students as their first video assignment has now been posted online. You may get a glimpse inside the Center in CA, and see clips of Dr. Yang and the five disciples training. Video footage by Craig Atkinson, narration by Jon Chang. Watch the video here.

YMAA Author Achieving Guinness World Record. Again.

Tom Seabourne Record Attempt

January 5, 2009
How long would you need to train to ride an exercise bike for 185 hours? Its not a riddle; of course you can't ride for that long consecutively. If you rode a respectable 30 minutes, four days per week, you'd finish in 93 weeks. YMAA author Tom Seabourne, Ph.D is about to do it in eight days, which will make him the holder of the Guinness World Record for riding a stationary bike. Seabourne, now in his sixties, is a sports psychologist, specialist in exercise science, two-time All-American, member of the United States Taekwondo Team, and International AAU Taekwondo Champion, and an ESPN PKA full-contact karate winner. Currently the holder of four ultra-distance cycling world records and a top-ten finisher in the prestigious Race Across America (RAAM), Tom challenges himself to expand his limits and inspire others to embrace fitness, not as an event, but as a lifestyle. As Tom says it, "There is nothing more exciting than challenging yourself with a goal that seems just out of reach. Riding a bike is fun, but pedaling for 185 hours is crazy!" Mr. Seabourne is the author of the YMAA books Power Body, Complete CardioKickboxing, and Mind/Body Fitness. He can be contacted at his website.