Instructor Profile: Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming

December 17, 20120 Comments

If you’ve studied martial arts for any length of time, chances are you’ve come across material by Dr. Yang Jwing Ming.

He has published numerous books and videos on subjects such as Shaolin White Crane Kung Fu, Tai Ji Quan, Shaolin Long Fist, Chin Na and Qi Gong for health and martial arts.



Dr. Yang’s formal training in martial arts started when he was 15 years old in Shaolin White Crane Kung Fu (Bai He) under Master Cheng Gin Gsao.

This relationship lasted for 13 years.

At 16, he strarted learning Yang style Tai Ji under Master Kao Tao. He studied with Master Kao for 2.5 years. And later continued his studies with Master Li, Mao-Ching and Mr. Wilson Chen

While studying at the university, he also trained with Master Li Mao Ching in Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu (Chang Chuan) and Tai Ji Quan.



Dr. Yang recounts his training with Master Cheng as a slow process, where they would learn and work on just a few techniques at a time and dispensed new knowledge only when the student was ready for new material.

He explains that White Crane Kung Fu is a short-range hard/soft fighting system using both internal and external elements.

And because Dr. Yang spent the longest time training White Crane, it formed the foundation for his Qin Na and Shuai Jiao training, and has influenced and colored his training and approach in Tai Ji and Shaolin Long Fist.

His training with Master Li Mao Ching started during his first year of university (Tamkang College).

Master Li taught Shaolin Long Fist, and was a strict teacher due to his long background in the military.

Dr. Yang explains that Long Fist helped him fill the gaps in the areas where his White Crane training was lacking, particularly when sparring at mid- to long-range.



These days Dr. Yang spends his time teaching at seminars and at his YMAA Retreat Center in California where he offers a unique training program for those seeking traditional reclusive training.

Currently he has a 5- and a 10- year training program where he hopes to develop the future generation of Chinese martial arts teachers.

This article was taken from a 2-part interview on the Ikigai Way Blog of Matthew Apsokardu Sensei. If you’d like to read the entire interview, check out Part 1 and Part 2 on his blog.

To learn more about Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming’s products and his YMAA Retreat Center, visit the YMAA website.

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