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Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming began training in Taiwan at the age of 15 under White Crane Master Zeng Jin Zao. He also studied Tai Ji and Qi Gong with Kao Tao and Long Fist with Li Mao Qing. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics at universities in Taiwan, and in 1974 came to the United States to pursue a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, graduating in 1978. Becoming aware of the misconceptions in America about traditional Chinese arts and culture, he decided to abandon his engineering career and dedicate himself to preserving the arts and educating people about the culture. To this end, in 1982 he established Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) in Boston, Massachusetts, to teach traditional Chinese Gong Fu and Qi Gong. The organization has grown to some 45 schools in 18 different countries. Dr. Yang has written more than 30 books. His YMAA Publication Center promotes martial arts and Eastern culture through books, instructional videos and DVDs that have been translated into many languages. The YMAA retreat center in California offers seminars and instructor training.
Cha Quan is popular throughout Northern China and is one of the styles developed by the Hui People (China's Muslims). It is considered one of the 5 major Traditional Northern Long Fist systems which, along with Hua Quan, have served as the foundation for the development of Contemporary Wushu. This article on the Origins and Skills of Cha Quan provides an in-depth look at its origins, characteristics, and basic skills. Aspects such as the 16-Character Formula and the 10 Important Points are revealed in depth for the first time in the English language.
Justin Meehan discusses the evolution of Hun Yuan Tai Ji Quan from its roots in Chen Style Tai Ji to the distinctive internal system propagated by Meehan’s teacher, Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang. The fundamental principles and major practices areas are described; these include specific Qi Gong exercises, silk reeling exercises, forms and push hands. The challenges to the system following Feng’s passing are noted. Additional material includes excerpts from interviews with Feng, a detailed biography, his remarks on the 48-posture form, historic photos, and a Pinyin glossary.
The Wing Chun Wooden Dummy, or Mù Rén Zhuāng (木人樁), is a traditional training apparatus that allows for the development and application of many Wing Chun theories and techniques. In "The Wooden Dummy and the Active Mind," Franco Lung explores the importance and usage of Zhōng Xiàn (中线) - Center Line Theory as it applies to the Wooden Dummy and the proper function of the mind during training. The significance of angles and timing are discussed. Photos help to show the correct hand and foot positions. Additional topics include the significance of body structure and the Six Harmonies, as well as efficiency and the correct sound to emit while hitting the dummy.