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Gene Ching

Gene Ching is a staff writer for YMAA Publication Center. He is a 32nd generation layman disciple of the original Shaolin Temple of China and was the publisher of Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine until it ceased in May 2020. Gene has been writing professionally since 1991, has authored hundreds of martial arts articles. Additionally, he has written over a hundred scripts for martial arts instructional videos.  Gene represented the U.S.A. on the AAU A Team at the 1991 Jinan International Traditional Martial Arts where he captured 2nd place in weapons. He is a certified Military Provost at Arms in the sport of fencing and competed NCAA for SJSU in the early 80s. In the late 80s, he earned his living making swords for The Armoury, a division of American Fencers Supply Co that focused on combat-worthy historical replicas for theater, film and recreationist gatherings. In 2017-2018, Gene served as a weapons expert on El Rey Network’s Man at Arms: Art of War with Danny Trejo.

Gene sits on the Advisory Boards of Rock Medicine and JMED, two separate organizations devoted to providing medical care at concerts, gatherings and music festivals. His expertise is in the deescalation of intense psychedelic reactions. Beyond YMAA, Gene also writes for KungFuMagazine, Den of Geek, and UNESCO ICM. Gene resides near San Francisco CA.


  1. Is it Tai Chi or Taiji?, April 25, 2022
  2. Meet the Author: Tevia Feng Chats About Daoism and White Tiger Qigong with Gene Ching (YMAA), April 20, 2022
  3. Meet the Author: Joe Varady and Gene Ching Have a Fun Chat About Hitting People with Sticks, April 6, 2022
  4. Meet the Author: Bioenergetics Expert Nick Loffree Talks with YMAA Writer Gene Ching About his Qigong Training , February 18, 2022
  5. video Meet The Author: Ramel Rones Talks with Gene Ching About Bringing Tai Chi into the Medical Community, February 2, 2022
  6. 2022 The Year of the Tiger, January 31, 2022
  7. Meet the Author: Marisa Cranfill (YOQI) Interview About Qigong for Immunity, January 10, 2022
  8. Meet the Author: Chenhan Yang Discusses Sun-style Tai Chi with Gene Ching (YMAA), January 8, 2022
  9. Meet the Author: Gene Ching Discusses Karate with Bruce Costa (YMAA), January 8, 2022
  10. Meet the Author: Chenhan Yang Discusses Wu-style Tai Chi with Gene Ching (YMAA), January 8, 2022

2021: Everything is Kung-Fu, Santanu Rahman, Interview with Gene Ching, Martial Arts Journalist, Editor, and Publisher

2020: Total BS Wellness, Matt Lucas, Matt Lucas Talks with Gene Ching- The kind side of not fighting fair

2017-2018: Man at Arms: Art of War, El Rey Network, Man at Arms: Art of War