Preserving the arts has been the focus of Dr. Yang’s work throughout the past 40 years.

The Retreat Center aims to ensure this authentic lineage of traditional Chinese arts will continue for generations.

Promoting Traditional Chinese Martial Arts, Qigong, Health, & Wellness


The YMAA Retreat Center is a non-profit organization established in 2005 by the founder of YMAA (Yang’s Martial Arts Association), world renowned author and teacher, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Ph.D. The purpose of this organization is to restore and preserve traditional Chinese martial arts and culture to their original level of high quality and standards.

The center offers a unique facility to reestablish and continue the time-honored tradition in which a student lives and trains together with the teacher. Isolated from the distractions of modern society in a remote mountain area in Northern California, a small group of students live and train with Dr. Yang in live-in, full-time training programs.

The extensive curriculums include Chinese martial arts and weapons, Qigong, meditation, media production, and publishing.

"I want to lead Chinese martial artists in the West back to their roots and help them 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." - Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming


Seeing the misconceptions of traditional Chinese martial arts and culture in America, Dr. Yang has dedicated his life to preserving and promoting the arts.

Dr. Yang established Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) in 1982. It has since developed into a community of 45 schools and thousands of students worldwide. In 1984, Dr. Yang founded YMAA Publication Center to further share his extensive knowledge of martial arts and Eastern culture. YMAA Publications has since become a pioneer and leading standard in the martial arts community worldwide.

While growing up in Taiwan post-World War II, Dr. Yang developed much patience and perseverance to overcome many hardships. He earned several academic degrees and offers a unique perspective by teaching traditional arts with a scientific background.

Dr. Yang began training martial arts at the age of 15 under his White Crane master, Grandmaster Gseng, Gin-Gsao. In his late teens, he began studying Taijiquan under Grandmaster Kao, Tao. As an undergraduate at Tamkang College, Dr. Yang trained Long Fist under Grandmaster Li, Mao-Ching.

For over 50 years, Dr. Yang has continued to research and promote the education of martial arts and Qigong. He has published numerous works and taught seminars around the world.


The YMAA Retreat Center covers 240 acres of land and consists of a main building, cabin for lodging, meditation gazebo, indoor gym, and outdoor training facilities.

We have an organic garden, natural spring and well water, solar panels, aquaponics system, free roaming chickens, a dog and a cat, and good vibes from the mountains and trees.

Take a walk or run down to the creek, but be prepared for the steep return trip!