New Programs!

September 2018 - June 2023

Co-sponsored by the YMAA Retreat Center and the Ku Foundation

Thanks to the generous support of individual donors and the Ku Foundation, the YMAA Retreat Center will extend its operations until 2024!


The center is recruiting new students for two new training programs:

· 5-Year Shaolin/Taiji

· 3-Year Taiji/Qigong


Those who are interested can now download the applications for details and instructions on applying.


Good luck!

5-Year Shaolin/Taiji Program

2018 - 2023

3-Year Taiji/Qigong Program

2018 - 2021


Thanks to the dedication of the students and faithful support from parents, sponsors, and friends, we are pleased to announce the YMAA California Retreat Center will continue its mission of education in, and the preservation of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts. Special thanks goes to the Ku Foundation, a co-sponsor and co-organizer of the new full-time training programs.


New students, visitors, and seminar guests will now have another 5 years to train and study at the Retreat Center. After the programs end in June 2023, the Center will remain open for visiting students and guests while the property is prepared for sale in 2024. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming’s announcement letter can be read here.

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The Center is located in the scenic mountains of Northern Humboldt County, California. Living in relative isolation with Dr. Yang and senior students immerses individuals in the training. Fewer distractions from outside society can lead to higher quality focus on practicing and understanding the material.


Recruitment for the new programs began in October 2017. The Center is searching for individuals who not only enjoy training martial arts, but can also demonstrate their strong dedication to understanding and preserving the arts. There is a 17-30 year old age limit for the 5-Year Shaolin/Taiji program candidates due to the physically demanding training. There are no age restrictions for the 3-Year Taiji/Qigong program. If everything goes as planned, another 3-Year Taiji/Qigong group will be recruited for enrollment between 2020 and 2023.

5-Year Shaolin/Taiji Program (2018-2023)


The 5-Year Program focuses on Shaolin Long Fist, Shaolin White Crane, Taijiquan, and Qigong.


The day begins with meditation and speed training, followed by Qigong exercises or tumbling.


After breakfast, the group trains Long Fist or Taijiquan techniques with body conditioning drills and Gongfu fundamentals taking place in the afternoon.

There is a 17-30 year old age limit due to the physical demands of the schedule and curriculum.

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Shaolin/Taiji Schedule

3-Year Taiji/Qigong Group (2018-2021)


The 3-Year Program emphasizes Taijiquan, Qigong, and the theories behind them.


The group starts their day with meditation and Qigong exercises, followed by Taijiquan sequences and light body conditioning.


After lunch, the students practice Taijiquan basics until the group Qigong discussions and self-practice/study blocks.

There are no age requirements for this program.

3YP Taijiquan
Taiji/Qiong Schedule

Aside from training, the students will have chores and responsibilities to keep the Center’s facilities running smoothly. Tasks include: cooking, cleaning, gardening, livestock care, waste disposal, water system maintenance, generator maintenance, etc..


Individuals interested in applying for either program should note the following:


  • Trial & Interview Period (October 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018)

    • Candidates are invited to visit the Center for a minimum period of 2 weeks.

    • The purpose is for Dr. Yang and the current students to assess the candidate’s capability and potential for the program. Candidates must be able to adapt to the training environment, living conditions, and existing community dynamics.

    • Candidates are highly encouraged to fully immerse themselves in the daily activities and ask questions to determine if the program is suitable for them.

    • Dr. Yang will not be present during the following weeks in 2018:

      • February 12th – March 4th

      • March 15th – 26th

      • April 5th – 23rd

  • Submit Written Application (Deadline: May 31, 2018)

  • Final Students Selected (June 15, 2018)

  • Mandatory Orientation (August 30, 2018)

  • Semester Begins (September 1, 2018)

5YP Shaolin
3YP Discussion