Seven students from around the world graduated from a 10-year intensive program at the YMAA Retreat Center on June 23, 2018. The seven graduates are Jonathan Chang (USA), Javier Rodiguez (USA) and Frank Verhülsdonk (Switzerland), Quentin Lopes (USA), Piper Chan (Canada), Enrico Tomei (Italy) and Michelle Lin (USA). The students trained year-round in the disciplines of Shaolin Long Fist kung fu, Shaolin White Crane kung fu, Yang-style Taijiquan, and Qigong, as well as various weapons, horseback skills, Chinese language, and video production.
"At the beginning, we had a total of 17 students, but those who lasted were only seven," said Dr. Yang. "These are the seven seeds I have planted in the last ten years. I just hope these seeds will grow and produce more seeds to preserve the arts."