Q: What's it like being the only woman?

Question: What's it like being the only woman? Related Question: Do you miss having the company of other females? I’ve been asked this question since Year 1 but I’ve only answered it in person. As of fall 2016, I’m no longer the only female student at the Center, but still the only one in the Shaolin/Taiji program. The short answer was/is: It’s the norm and I didn’t know what it’s like to NOT be the only female. Training wise, I follow the same schedule. If I compare myself to the guys, the limitations due to my gender are probably power and strength (in the muscles, ligaments and tendons). Strength is not the same as power and a person with less strength can still generate more po

Q: Traditional Chinese Martial Arts & Fighting

This is a response to a comment on one of our YouTube videos. Questions: Can any one of you apply this in a real fight? Have any of you tried? Why not spar and post videos? Why not challenge, or accept challenges, and post the results? Why only post demos? You all could do so much more for traditional Chinese martial arts if only you could demonstrate it actually works. If not, how will tcma survive in a world dominated by mma? Have any of you seen the mma vs. Tai chi chuan fight that recently went viral? Any thoughts? Reply: Thank you for your questions and we understand your curiosity. As Dr. Yang says (and many of us agree), the important elements in winning a fight are: 1) Bravery/Spirit


I've been back 'on the mountain' exactly one week today, but only training since Monday (5 days). It feels like a month already! With my first year behind me, I have a different perspective and appreciation for the volume of work we put in each day with our training. It truly is intensive. I'm putting into practice the lessons I learned about pacing myself and am discovering how to immerse myself in each training module throughout the day without getting overly fatigued physically or mentally. Yet, I'm somehow able to extract a deeper benefit than before. Obviously, some of that results from the time and effort I already invested the first year. Read more at Qi Portals

Practical Dreamer

As I entered my final year at the Retreat Center, I thought back to the beginning. Being in a bad place forced me to soul search and I realized martial arts was the only fulfilling part of my life. I loved training and I taught at YMAA Andover, Chinese School Andover on Sundays, the Chinese After-School Program 3 times a week, and private lessons. It made sense to be drawn to the 5 Year Full-Time Program at the YMAA Retreat Center. Was I crazy? How was I going to afford the tuition? Would I thrive in the environment? Read more at barkingrabbit.com

Fundraising Update

Hi, Friends: I am so touched by the many emails I received concerning the future of the YMAA California Retreat Center after 2019. In just a few weeks, the Center received $50,500 in donations! We are currently evaluating the financials and potential plans for the future. With the current full-time training programs, the Retreat Center’s annual expenses average $110,000. The large expenses include: $30,000 for groceries, $9,000 for propane gas, $7,300 for property tax, $7,000 for auto insurance and maintenance, $6,500 for fire insurance, and $5,000 in accounting fees. Garden supplies, gasoline, livestock supplies, utilities, and few others account for most of the remaining categories. Creati

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