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Dr Yang, Jwing Ming

dr_yang_jwing_mingDr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is a world-renowned author and teacher of Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan and Chin Na grappling, and a leading authority on Qigong (Chi Kung).

Born on August 11th, 1946, in Xinzhu Xian, Taiwan, Republic of China. He started his Kung Fu training 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 began the study of Yang Style Taijiquan under Master Kao Tao. Dr. Yang has mastered the Taiji barehand sequence, pushing hands and Taiji Qigong.
At age eighteen Dr. Yang entered Tamkang University in Taipei to study physics. Dr. Yang came to the United States in 1974 to study Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, where he earned his 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, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming began training students in the rigors of Shaolin Long Fist and White Crane Gongfu as well as Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. Dr. Yang also undertook his life-long dream of teaching and researching the Chinese arts and introducing them to the West through many books, videos and DVDs.

Dr. Yang has published over thirty books and fifty videos and DVDs on the martial arts and Qigong. His work has been translated into many foreign languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Czech, Bulgarian and Russian.
Dr. Yang has traveled between YMAA International Branch and Provisional schools worldwide presenting lectures and seminars on Chinese martial arts and Qigong.

Dr. Yang has a dream. “I want to lead Chinese martial artists in the West back to their roots and help them to regain their original high level of skill and public respect. I also wish to bring Qigong training to the Western world and have it accepted by the Western medical society once and for all.”

Voted by Inside Kung Fu Magazine as one of the people who has “made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years” and Black Belt Magazine Kung Fu Artist of the year 2003.  He was also ‘Man of the Year’ for Kung Fu Magazine 2007.

In order to preserve the arts to a deep, refined level, Dr.Yang believes it is necessary to create an environment similar to that of ancient times, an environment without the distracting elements of modern day lifestyles. Living simply and training everyday with Dr. Yang and additional instructors, students will be able to achieve a high level of quality in their training in the same way martial artists did in ancient times. The aim of the Retreat Center is to become a leading institution in the worldwide martial arts community, offering a peaceful haven for the advanced training of meditation, internal cultivation, and all aspects of Chinese martial arts and culture for generations to come.

Since 2004, Dr. Yang has worked to develop the non-profit YMAA Retreat Center, a training facility in Humboldt County, CA, where he is training a select group of students in a comprehensive 10-year program.

He continues to offer seminars, in California, Boston, and around the world.