September 24, 2017

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...

September 18, 2017

This is a response to a comment on one of our YouTube videos.


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...

September 9, 2017

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. I...

September 7, 2017

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 o...

September 6, 2017

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...

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