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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. The Power of Mass Tai Chi Recitals, April 29, 2024
  2. Meet the Author: Munawar Ali Karim chats about Wing Chun with Gene Ching (video), February 28, 2024
  3. From Warm Hand to Warm Hand, February 26, 2024
  4. Meet the Author: Hermann Bayer discusses Karate origins and misconceptions with Gene Ching (video), February 7, 2024
  5. 2024 The Year of the Dragon, January 29, 2024
  6. Meet the Author: Christopher Bates talks with Gene Ching (YMAA) about Taiwan history and martial arts (video), November 27, 2023
  7. The Shaolin Temple and the Shaolin Diaspora, November 27, 2023
  8. Meet the Author: Augustus John Roe chats with Gene Ching (YMAA) about mythical martial artists (video), November 18, 2023
  9. Qi Demons and Kung Fu Exorcists, October 30, 2023
  10. Meet the Author: Gene Ching talks with John Donohue, YMAA martial arts fiction author (video), October 13, 2023

2023: TAO, Ron Goninon, Gene Ching: Master of the Sword & Pen, issue #22, p.19-27

2023: Transformations, Mark V. Wiley, Gene Ching | Shaolin, Fencing, Tai Chi, Journalism | Ep.16 Transformations with Mark V. Wiley

2023: The Movement Language series, Eric Jacobus, Martial & Sacred Origins of the Hong Kong Style (Movement Language #2)

2023: The Comics Fu Show, Kurtis Fujita and Patrick Lugo, The COMICS FU SHOW - After Dark!

2022: Cinematic Underdogs, Jordan Puga and Paul Keelan, episode 69 Karate Kid 2 (1986)

2022: Hekayat Al Cinema (Arabic for Tales of Cinema), Samurai Cinema in Japan

2022: Kali Konversations, Rico & Nain We are Bruce Lee Pt 2

2022: The Writers Block, David Avallone & Rylend Grant Episode 56 – Charlie Stickney & Gene Ching

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

2018: Kung Fu Tea, Benjamin N. Judkins, Ph.D., The State of Martial Arts Publishing Today – A Roundtable Discussion

2018: Culture Chat, Mimi Chan, 84. Gene Ching on China's Film Market, Lightsaber Training, and Kung Fu Movies

2018: Whistlekick, Jermey Lesniak, Episode 280 - Mr. Gene Ching

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

2017: Culture Chat, Mimi Chan, 22. Gene Ching on Weapons, Drug Intervention, and Fencing

2016: KQED, Michael Krasney, Bruce Lee and San Francisco's Pioneering Martial Arts Scene