About YMAA


Yang’s Martial Arts Association

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.

YMAA is an international community dedicated to the preservation and promotion of traditional Chinese martial arts, qigong, and martial morality. These disciplines and code of conduct unite its members in developing the mind, body, spirit, and a sense of responsibility toward oneself and the greater community.

The quality and depth of our training and instruction is traced back to a prestigious lineage of teachers. The organization aims to continue its traditions by supporting its members with the resources to inspire and educate a new generation of martial artists.

Grand Master Yang, Jwing-Ming

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (楊俊敏博士) started his Gongfu (Kung Fu) training at the age of fifteen under the Shaolin White Crane (Bai He) Master Cheng, Gin Gsao (曾金灶). In thirteen years of study (1961-1974) under Master Cheng, Dr. Yang became an expert in the White Crane style of Chinese martial arts, which includes both the use of bare hands and of various weapons such as saber, staff, spear, trident, two short rods, and many others. With the same master he also studied White Crane Qin Na (or Chin Na), Tui Na and Dian Xue massages, and herbal treatment.
At the age of sixteen, Dr. Yang began the study of Taijiquan (Yang Style) under Master Kao, Tao (高濤). Dr. Yang’s tai chi can be traced back to the Yang family through Master Kao’s teacher Yue, Huanzhi (樂奐之), an indoor disciple of Yang, Chengfu (楊澄甫). After learning from Master Kao, Dr. Yang continued his study and research of Taijiquan with Master Li, Mao-Ching (李茂 清) and training partner Mr. Wilson Chen in Taipei. Master Li learned his Taijiquan from the well-known Master Han, Ching-Tang, and Mr. Chen learned his Taijiquan from Master Chang, Xiang-San. Dr. Yang has mastered the Taiji barehand sequence, pushing hands, the two-man fighting sequence, Taiji sword, Taiji saber, and Taiji Qigong.

List of disciples:

Jeff BoltDaniel ChadudJeff PrattAlex KieselTai Ngo
Ramel RonesJim O’LearyGeorge DominguezCorlius BirkillRobert Wąs
Pedro RodriguesVitor CasqueiroVictor MarquesJonathan ChangJavier Rodriguez
Frank VerhülsdonkQuentin LopesMichelle LinEnrico TomeiPiper Chan

YMAA International Board of Directors

sa-flag Corlius Birkill

Chairperson, Business Development Co-Director

YMAA South Africa

chile Daniel Chadud

Internal Training Co-Director

Newendao – YMAA Chile

Jonathan Chang
usa-flag Jonathan Chang

Business Development Director, External Training Co-Director


Michelle Lin
usa-flag Michelle Lin

Co-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer


po-flag Pedro Rodrigues

Internal Training Director, Co-Treasurer

YMAA Portugal – Amadora

pl-flag Robert Wąs

External Training Director

YMAA Poland – Kraków

usa-flag Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Technical Supervisor

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

YMAA’s Mission, Vision, & Values


To preserve, develop, and promote traditional Chinese martial arts & qigong in the international community.


To be a thriving and well respected organization which inspires its members and beyond to improve their mind, body, and spirit through the practices of our martial ancestors.


We value a strong sense of martial morality, the cultivation of martial skill and knowledge, professionalism, and charitable spirit.

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