Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (楊俊敏博士) started his Gongfu (Kung Fu) training at the age of fifteen under the Shaolin White Crane (Bai He) Master Cheng, Gin Gsao (曾金灶). In thirteen years of study (1961-1974) under Master Cheng, Dr. Yang became an expert in the White Crane style of Chinese martial arts, which includes both the use of bare hands and of various weapons such as saber, staff, spear, trident, two short rods, and many others. With the same master he also studied White Crane Qin Na (or Chin Na), Tui Na and Dian Xue massages, and herbal treatment.
In 1980, Dr. Yang moved to Houston to work for Texas Instruments and also founded Yang’s Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, now under the direction of his disciple Jeffery Bolt. In 1982, he moved to Boston and founded Yang’s Martial Arts Academy. In 1984, he gave up his engineering career to devote his time to the research, writing, and teaching of Chinese martial arts. YMAA Publication Center was founded on January 1, 1984 with the goal of producing superior books and instructional videotapes on Qigong and Chinese martial arts. In 1986, Dr. Yang moved YMAA to the Jamaica Plain area of Boston and established this location as Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) headquarters.
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