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YMAA Publication Center Authors

Here you may read more about the YMAA authors, who are listed in alphabetical order. These exceptional writers offer their expertise and a wealth of information across a wide range of subjects: Chinese Martial Arts such as Kung Fu and Taijiquan, the Healing Arts of Qigong and Massage, Japanese Karate, Korean Taekwondo, Meditation, Chin Na grappling, and many others.

Dr. Yang, Jwing-MingDr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, is a renowned author and teacher of Chinese martial arts and Qigong. Born in Taiwan, he has trained and taught Taijiquan, Qigong and Chinese martial arts for over forty-five years. He is the author of over thirty books, and was elected by Inside Kung Fu magazine as one of the 10 people who has "made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years." Dr. Yang lives in Northern California.

Liang, Shou-YuLiang, Shou-Yu

Liang, Shou-Yu was born on June 28, 1943 in the city of Chongqian, Sichuan Province, China. When he was six he began his training in Qigong, the art of breathing and internal energy control, under the tutelage of his renowned grandfather, the late Liang, Zhi-Xiang. Mr. Liang was taught the esoteric skills of the Emei Mountain sect, including Da Peng Qigong. When he was eight, his grandfather made special arrangements for him to begin training Emei Wushu (martial arts).

Al ArsenaultAl Arsenault

Al began his pursuit of the ways of pugilism in 1971, obtaining black belts in Okinawan, Japanese, and Chinese martial arts. He was a highly-decorated member of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) from 1979-2006, where he assisted in the training and education of its members in control tactics and non-firearm weaponry. He currently trains in, and helps to teach, Judo at the VPD Judo Club.

Andrew ZerlingAndrew Zerling

Andrew Zerling is a black-belt martial artist with over two decades of experience in a variety of styles. His work has appeared in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts and Black Belt Magazine with Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Renzo Gracie. Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts: Winning Clinches, Takedowns & Tactics is Andrew's first book. Andrew Zerling resides in Rumson, New Jersey.

Arthur RosenfeldArthur Rosenfeld

Arthur Rosenfeld is a martial arts teacher, writer, speaker, and coach. His martial arts training spans more than thirty years, and includes instruction in Tang Soo Do, Kenpo, Kung Fu, and Tai Chi Ch'uan.

Ben WarnerBen Warner

Ben Warner began studying with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming in 1998 and is a YMAA Instructor involved with both the adults and children's program. He has taught international seminars since 2002 and is featured in many YMAA DVDs. In 2012, Ben became the owner and operator of YMAA Boston. Mr. Warner lives in Jamaica Plain, MA, USA.

Chenhan (Ben) YangChenhan (Ben) Yang

Chenhan Yang is a disciple of Shou-yu Liang, and President of the Shou-Yu Liang Wushu Institute. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Daisy LeeDaisy Lee

Daisy Lee is certified as a Level III Advanced Qigong Instructor and Clinical Practitioner by the National Qigong Association of America, as well as being a past board member on the International Qigong Science Association in Beijing. She has studied and taught Qigong since the 1990s, with a focus on Women's Qigong, inspiring people from all walks of life to take greater responsibility for their own health and well-being.

Darrell CraigDarrell Craig

Darrell Max Craig is a highly regarded teacher of many of Japanese martial arts, and a pioneer in their development in the West for over forty years. He holds multiple black belts and is a U.S. Kendo champion, leading the U.S. Kendo team to the world championships. In 1973 he was awarded the title of Shihan, or Master Teacher. Among his many books on the subject is the widely praised The Heart of Kendo. He lives in Houston, Texas.

David KahnDavid Kahn

David Kahn serves as the Israeli Krav Maga Association’s U.S. Chief Instructor and teaches federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies along with all branches of the U.S. military. He is also a certified instructor through the New Jersey Police Training Commission and Mercer County Police Academy and also teaches at the New Jersey State Police Academy.

David SilverDavid Silver

David Silver has had a lifelong interest in meditation, and began training Gojū Ryu Karate at age 11. He studied Taijiquan, Qigong, and Yoga in his 20's, and became certified to teach Qigong by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming in 2006. David works as a writer, producer, and director of instructional martial arts and health books and DVDs. He is the co-writer of the books and DVDs Sunrise Tai Chi, Tai Chi Energy Patterns, and Sunset Tai Chi. David lives on Cape Cod, MA.

David W. GranthamDavid W. Grantham

David W. Grantham has been training in martial arts for twenty-one years. He currently holds Certificates as Coach Instructor and Chin Na Instructor and teaches at the Hunterdon Wellness Center in Clinton, New Jersey. He offers privates, classes and seminars on Tai Chi Ball and Chin Na. David Grantham resides in Hunterdon County, New Jersey with his wife,and two children.

David-Dorian RossDavid-Dorian Ross

David-Dorian Ross is an eight-time gold medal winning martial artist, and has been called “The man who brought Tai Chi mainstream” by Inside Kung Fu magazine.

Doug CookDoug Cook

Doug Cook holds a 6th Dan Black Belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo and is certified as an instructor and in rank by the United States Taekwondo Association and the Kukkiwon. He is the author of three best-selling books focusing on taekwondo entitled, Taekwondo: A Path to Excellence, Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior and Traditional Taekwondo: Core Techniques, History, and Philosophy, a finalist in ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award. All editions are published by YMAA Publication Center, Inc., and are available online and at booksellers throughout the world.

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMDDr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD

Aihan Kuhn, C.M.D., is a Chinese medical doctor trained in both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a graduate of the Hunan Medical University, Changsha China. In China, Dr. Kuhn practiced OB/GYN in Chinese hospitals (1983-1988), studied Tai Chi and Chi Kung (since 1978) and returns each year to advance her training in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and martial arts.

F. J. ChuF. J. Chu

F.J. Chu, born in Taiwan, ROC, is a certified black belt instructor in Kenpo Karate. Over the past twenty-five years, he has also trained in Fu Jow Pai Kung Fu, Aikido and Tai Chi Chuan.

Frank ThiboutotFrank Thiboutot

Frank Thiboutot, the original creator of Cardio Kickboxing, has three decades of experience involving every aspect of the martial arts. He began boxing in high school in 1966 and began training in the martial arts in 1969. Frank taught karate at the University of Southern Maine in 1970 and at the University of Kabul in Afghanistan in 1973 as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Later, from 1974-76, Frank studied Taekwondo while serving another two years in the Peace Corps in South Korea.

George A. Katchmer, Jr.George A. Katchmer, Jr.

George Katchmer, Jr. is a longtime Qigong practitioner, martial artist, and practicing Buddhist. Mr. Katchmer has a B.A. in Philosophy from Villonova University and a B.A. in Divinity from United Theological Seminary.He is a student of Master Hiroshi Tajima at the U.S. Headquarters of Genwakai Karate in Dayton and a member of Karma Thegsum Choling, Buddhist Temple in Columbus, Ohio.

Gin-Foon MarkGin-Foon Mark

Gin Foon Mark was born in 1927 in Toison, China, a small village near Canton (Guandong). At the age of five he began his studies in the art of Gongfu, under the supervision of his uncle Kong Boon Fu, a 4th generation master of White Crane Gongfu. His grandfather, who was also a master, tutored him in their family style known as Mok Gar (Mark Style) Gongfu.

Goran PowellGoran Powell

Goran Powell's martial arts training spans more than 35 years, and today he holds the rank of 5th dan black belt in Goju Ryu Karate. He is a qualified instructor with Daigaku Karate Kai (DKK), one of the United Kingdom’s leading clubs, and assistant coach to the successful Mixed Martial Arts team, DKK Fighters.

Helen LiangHelen Liang

Master Helen Liang, the eldest daughter of Grandmaster Liang, Shou-Yu, began training in traditional Wushu at the age of 4. She has participated in many international competitions and has won a great number of gold medals. She has been featured in many magazines and TV programs. Master Helen Liang lives and teaches in Vancouver, Canada.

Henry (Yinghao) ZhuangHenry (Yinghao) Zhuang

Henry (Yinghao) Zhuang has been involved with tai chi for over thirty years. Starting as self-taught, and then seeking formal instruction, the author is in a unique position to help others on this rewarding, but sometimes solo journey of seeking health and happiness through tai chi practice. Henry Zhaung is a chief real estate appraiser, and resides in Shanghai, China.

Hong-Chao ZhangHong-Chao Zhang

Hong-Chao Zhang was born on December 20, 1954, in Lankao County, Henan Province, the People's Republic of China. He began learning Wushu (Chinese Martial Arts) from Grandmaster Niansheng Wu in his hometown when he was a young boy. From 1971 to 1974, he learned Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Massage at Gaozhuang Hospital in Yangchen County.

J.D. Swanson Ph.D.J.D. Swanson Ph.D.

J. D. Swanson holds a PhD in integrative biosciences and a fifth-degree black belt from the International Shotokan Karate Federation. He is an official ISKF instructor, examiner, and judge, having studied under both Okazaki and Yaguchi sensei. J. D. Swanson resides in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Jason Thalken PhDJason Thalken PhD

Jason Thalken has a PhD in computational condensed matter physics from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees in physics, mathematics, and philosophy from the University of Texas. Jason has studied and competed in more than eight different martial arts styles since 1995 and has a black belt in hapkido under Grand Master Ho Jin Song.

Jeff BurgerJeff Burger

Coach Jeff Burger has taught Karate, Ju Jutsu, Muay Thai, and Kung Fu for over 30 years. Mr. Burger lives and teaches in and around Boston, MA.

Jeffrey BoltJeffrey Bolt

Tournament promoter and Vice President of the USA Wushu Kungfu Federation, was inducted into Inside Kung Fu Magazine's Hall of Fame for Outstanding Martial Arts Promotions.

Joe VaradyJoe Varady

Joe Varady is a fifth-degree black belt with over thirty years of experience in martial arts. He has trained in numerous Eastern and Western disciplines, including karate, judo, eskrima, boxing, fencing, and long sword.

Joeseph FauliseJoeseph Faulise

Mr. Faulise has been training and has had an interest in the martial arts since the age of thirteen. He began training in 1973, when he was encouraged by his mother to try out for the wrestling team at school. He learned that the coach also owned a judo school and began training there as well. He did wrestling in the winter months and judo in the summer months until 1977.

John Donohue, Ph.D.John Donohue, Ph.D.

John Donohue, Ph.D. is a nationally know expert on the culture and practice of the martial arts, John Donohue has been banging around dojo for more than 30 years.

John LouposJohn Loupos

Sifu John Loupos, M.S.Psych, C.H.S.E., began studying martial arts in 1966. As a young teen, John inherited a school of his own and has been teaching martial arts ever since. His studies include Okinawan Karate, Chinese Kung Fu ( Bak Sil Lum, Choy Lay Fut, and Praying Mantis), Yang style T'ai Chi Chuan (108 move set), Liu He Ba Fa, Xingyi, and Bagua, and various Ch'i Kung and energy oriented meditation disciplines. John also has a background in Classical Homeopathy and currently maintains a private clinical practice in Hanna Somatics.

Kao, TaoKao, Tao

Grandmaster Kao Tao (高濤) was the first tai chi teacher of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming in Taiwan, starting in 1962. His tai chi lineage can be traced back through Yang, Cheng-Fu to Yang, Lu-chan.

Kathy K. YangKathy K. Yang

Kathy K. 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. She teaches Chinese Medicine workshops in the United States, South America, and Europe. 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.

Kim, Bok ManKim, Bok Man

Grandmaster Kim, Bok Man 11th dan, started his martial arts training in 1941. Grandmaster Kim along with General Choi Hong Hi, worked tirelessly to develop the basic structure upon which present day taekwondo is founded.

Kris WilderKris Wilder

Kris Wilder began his martial arts training in 1976 in the art of Tae Kwon Do, he has earned black belt-level ranks in three arts: Tae Kwon Do (2nd Degree), Kodokan Judo (1st Degree) and Goju-Ryu Karate (5th Degree), which he teaches at the West Seattle Karate Academy. He is a regular columnist for Traditional Karate Magazine.

Lawrence A. KaneLawrence A. Kane

Since 1970, Lawrence Kane has studied and taught traditional Asian martial arts, medieval European combat, and modern close-quarter weapon techniques. Working stadium security part-time over 26 years he was involved in hundreds of violent altercations, but got paid to watch football. A world-renown judicious use-of-force expert, he was once interviewed in English by a reporter from a Swiss magazine for an article that was published in French, and finds that oddly amusing. Lawrence lives in Seattle, WA. Lawrence lives in Seattle, WA.

Lee HoldenLee Holden

Lee Holden first discovered the healing power of QiGong and tai chi after experiencing injuries that nearly sidelined his Varsity Soccer career at the University of California, Berkeley.

Lisa B. O'SheaLisa B. O'Shea

Lisa B. O’Shea is a certified YMAA qigong master, a certified qigong therapist with the Chinese Healing Arts Center founded by Master T.K. Shih, and certified in reiki and hypnotherapy. Lisa operates the Qigong Institute of Rochester where she offers classes and private qi healing therapy. She travels regularly for seminars on qi healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and nutrition. Lisa B. O’Shea resides in Rochester, New York.

Loren W. ChristensenLoren W. Christensen

Loren W. Christensen began his law enforcement career in 1967 as a Military Policeman (Army). He joined the Portland (Oregon) Police Bureau in 1972, retiring in 1997. During his years on PPB, he worked street patrol, child abuse, dignitary protection, Intelligence, street gangs, and in the training unit.

Master Ren Guang-YiMaster Ren Guang-Yi

At age 16, Ren Guang-Yi moved to Chen Village, the origin of Chen Taijiquan, where he trained daily for 10 years. In 1991, Ren founded the International Chen Style Taijiquan Association to promote the teaching and practice of Taijiquan, offering group and private classes in America. He is the author of several videos and publications, and worked as the martial arts choreographer on the Darren Aronofsky film The Fountain (2006).

Michael ClarkeMichael Clarke

Michael Clarke, Kyoshi 8th dan, Okinawan Goju-ryu has trained in karate since 1974. He has written over two hundred articles for international martial arts magazines, and authored three books. Starting as a young ‘street-fighter’ in England, to a disciplined student of budo in Okinawa, Clarke enthusiastically teaches traditional Goju-ryu Karate in his dojo near Launceston Tasmania, Australia.

Michael GilmanMichael Gilman

Michael Gilman, a long time teacher in the human potential movement, was born in San Francisco, California in 1943. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Theatre Arts, he worked as a television director, actor, and dancer. Mr. Gilman began his studies of Tai Chi Chuan in 1968 with Master Choy Kam-Man in San Francisco. Master Choy's father, Choy Hok Peng, a long time student of Yang Chen Fu, is credited with introducing Tai Chi to America in the 1940's. END

Michael RosenbaumMichael Rosenbaum

Michael J. Rosenbaum was born on May 12, 1961 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He started his martial arts training at the age of five when his father instructed him in both Judo and Boxing. At the age of fifteen, he began studying Isshin Ryu Karate and by the time of his seventeenth birthday he had been introduced to the Burmese fighting art of Bando. At the age of eighteen Michael enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Michelle LinMichelle Lin

Michelle Lin has been a long time kung fu student. Through personal experience, she believes that determination and support from friends can help anyone overcome injuries and other obstacles to achieve their goals. Her teachers, training partners, students, and those who strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle continually inspire her. Michelle is studying at the YMAA Retreat Center as the sole female student in the 5-Year Training Program. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University. For more about Michelle's experiences, please read her blog.

Nicholas C. YangNicholas C. Yang

Nicholas C. Yang (楊志豪碩士) began training martial arts as a child under the tutelage of his father Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming at Yang's Martial Arts Association (YMAA) in Boston, Massachusetts. He has competed in several international and national traditional Kungfu tournaments, including tournaments sponsored by the U.S. Wushu Kungfu Federation, U.S. Kuoshu Federation, U.S. Wushu Union, International Chinese Martial Arts Championship, World Tai Chi Federation, and Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine. He has won several medals and awards for forms events in both barehand and weapons categories.

Paul DillonPaul Dillon

Paul Dillon was born in Montgomery, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, majoring in Printing Management. His Chinese studies were at The College of Far Eastern Languages / Yale University.

Prof. Bin Jiang WuProf. Bin Jiang Wu

Prof. Bin Jiang Wu has been studying TCM since childhood under the tutelage of TCM Doctors in his family. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine from Heilongjian University (1983), a Master of Medicine and Qigong from the China Academy of TCM, Beijing (1988). He is currently the President of the Ontario College of TCM, Toronto Ont. Canada. Prof. Wu resides in Toronto.

Qingshan LiuQingshan Liu

Following his family's tradition, Qingshan Liu has practiced Qigong and Taijiquan since his childhood. He learned this thousand year old art from several famous masters in China and was acknowledged as a master, even as a youth, after he successfully passed rigorous exams. Liu studied modern Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, acupressure, and Tuina-Anmo therapeutic massage at the Beijing Union Medical College in China.

Ramel RonesRamel Rones

Ramel Rones is a senior disciple of renowned teacher & author Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, and a Gold medalist in Internal and External Martial Arts: Three-Time Gold Medalist in Shanghai China, for Tai Chi, External & Internal Weapons (Grand National Championship 1994) & Gold Medalist for Tai Chi & Kung Fu Sword, 1994. From 1991-1993, Ramel earned Gold Medals for Tai Chi, Pushing Hands and Tai Chi Sword in the International North American Chinese Martial Arts Competition.

Richard Chun, Ph.D.Richard Chun, Ph.D.

Richard Chun began studying Taekwondo at the age of 11 under two highly respected teachers in Seoul, Korea: Chong Soo Hong and Ki Whang Kim. He progressed to 9th Dan by Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Federation) and Moo Duk Kwan after more than fifty years of study, establishing him as one of the highest ranking master instructors in the United States. (9th Dan by Kukkiwon in 1989 and by Moo Duk Kwan in 1981).

Robert ChuckrowRobert Chuckrow

Robert Chuckrow has been a Taiji practitioner since 1970 and has studied Taiji under the late Cheng Man-ch’ing, William C. C. Chen, and Harvey I. Sober. He has taught Taiji extensively and has written four other books. He currently teaches Taiji in Westchester, NY.

Rory MillerRory Miller

Rory Miller has served for seventeen years in corrections as an officer and sergeant working maximum security, booking and mental health; leading a tactical team; and teaching subjects ranging from Defensive Tactics and Use of Force to First Aid and Crisis Communications with the Mentally Ill.

Susan Lynn Peterson, Ph.D.Susan Lynn Peterson, Ph.D.

Susan Lynn Peterson Ph.D., holds a 5th degree black belt in Shuri-ryu karate, author of five books, including two martial arts, and an award winning theology text. She is a contributing writer to martial arts magazines and health & fitness websites. Peterson has spent many years and thousands of hours investigating the way herbs have been used in various cultures to treat injuries. Susan teaches karate and operates her communications business in Tucson Arizona.

Tai NgoTai Ngo

Tai D. Ngo is a two-time Internal Style U.S. Grand Champion and martial arts instructor. A student of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and Master Liang, Mr. Ngo lives in Malden, MA, and he teaches at YMAA Boston.

Tom Seabourne, Ph.D.Tom Seabourne, Ph.D.

Tom Seabourne, Ph.D. has been a two-time All-American member of the United States Taekwondo Team and a National International AAU Taekwondo Champion. He was an ESPN Professional Karate Association full-contact karate winner, varsity tennis player at Penn State, and a USPTA tennis pro. Dr. Seabourne currently holds 4 ultra-distance cycling World Records.

Vincent PratchettVincent Pratchett

Vincent Pratchett hails from a family of Irish storytellers and English writers. Related by blood to renowned fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett, he is an accomplished martial artist, and a professional fire fighter. VincentPratchett resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Walton LeeWalton Lee

Walton C. Lee, born in Taipei, Taiwan (the democratic China) is very fond of Chinese history and literature. A naturalized American citizen, he is a graduate of San Francisco State University. His goal is to introduce sophisticated Chinese culture to Western readers. Mr. Lee lives in El Cerrito, California.

Wen-Ching WuWen-Ching Wu

Wen-Ching Wu was born in Taiwan, China in 1964. He loved Wushu and many othe sports since a young age. During high school he was on the school's basketball an softball teams. He graduated from high school as a salutatorian. He came to the U.S. in 1983 to study Mechanical Engineering and in 1988, he graduated with honors from Northeastern University, with a BSME degree.

Wim DemeereWim Demeere

Wim Demeere began training at the age of 14, studying the grappling ats of judo and jujitsu for several years before turning to the kick/punch arts of traditional kung fu and full contact fighting. He won four national titles and a bronze medal at the 1995 Word Wushu Championships.

Xu XiangcaiXu Xiangcai

Xu Xiangcai, was born in 1943 in a small village on the banks of the Yellow River near the city of Jinan, the capital of Shandong province of China. During his childhood, he lived a poor life but had a very rich mind. Once he was asked what do he wanted to do when he grew up. 'Something unusual!' was his answer.

Yanling Lee JohnsonYanling Lee Johnson

Yanling Lee Johnson was born in Beijing, China, November 1944. She first became interested in Herbs and Qigong at the age of three, watching her uncle treat his patients using herbs and Acupuncture. Her whole childhood, in fact, was spent in the Chinese Qigong community, bearing witness to people around her using Qigong and herbs to heal their internal and external illness, all the while reading and practicing on her own.

Zhou, Xuan-YunZhou, Xuan-Yun

Daoist monk Zhou, Xuan-Yun (Mysterious Cloud), grew up in a temple on Wudang Mountain, China where he was a student and later an instructor of Taiji and Kung Fu. He belongs to the Orthodox Unity sect of Daoism, and is trained in ritual arts, chanting, divination, and internal alchemy. He is formally recognized as a disciple of Li Guang Fu 李光富 Head Daoist monk on Wudang Mountain (武当山道教协会会长), and he is dedicated to teaching the traditional arts in classes around the world.

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