The American Kenpo Karate Academy in Olathe
Proudly Presents its 1st Annual Spring Time
Martial Arts & Chi Kung Seminars
Featuring The World Renowned
Grand Master Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
Accompanied by his son, Sifu Nicholas Yang
April 6th – 9th, 2017
Shaolin Chin Na – Thursday April 6th and Friday April 7th evenings, 6pm-9pm
Chin Na (Qin Na) is the art of seizing and controlling an opponent. It is a fast and effective way to subdue an attacker using joint locks, cavity press, bone misplacement, muscle/tendon twisting, and artery sealing. Smooth flowing Chin Na techniques are simple to execute and difficult to escape. Dr. Yang discusses, demonstrates, and teaches the Chin Na techniques up-close and in detail.
Understanding Chi Kung – Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9th mornings, 9am-12pm
Chi Kung (Qi Gong) means “Energy Work”. Chi is defined as the bioelectricity that permeates every cell of our bodies. Chi Kung can be described as the art and practice of adjusting and regulating the body’s energy for health, vitality, and longevity. In this seminar, Dr. Yang will introduce and discuss
the core root concepts and strategies of proper and successful Chi Kung practice.
Pushing Hands – Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9th afternoons, 2pm-5pm
The practice of Pushing Hands trains the martial arts student to develop sensitive feeling, or “Listening Jin” to sense to an opponent’s intention, understand their Jin (power), neutralize it, and then counterattack. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming clearly instructs the finer details of step-by-step Pushing Hands
training, and with an emphasis on understanding the emitting of Jin and its applications. Techniques are taught solo and with a partner, from the most basic to advanced.
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (楊俊敏博士) was born August 11, 1946. He started his Gongfu (Kung Fu) training at the age of fifteen under the Shaolin White Crane 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, and many others. Under Master Cheng, he also studied White Crane Chin Na, Massage, and Herbal Treatments.
At the age of sixteen, Dr. Yang began the study of Yang Style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) under Master Kao, Tao (高濤). Dr. Yang’s tai chi can be traced back to the Yang family through Master Kao’s teacher Yue, Huanzhi (樂奐之), an indoor disciple of Yang, Chengfu (楊澄甫). At the age of eighteen years old, he entered Tamkang College in Taipei Xian to study Physics. There he began the study of traditional Shaolin Long Fist (Changquan or Chang Chuan) with Master Li, Mao-Ching (李茂 清) at the Tamkang College Guoshu Club
(1964-1968). He also continued his study and research of Tai Chi Chuan with Master Li. Dr. Yang has mastered the Taiji bare-hand sequence, pushing hands, the two-man fighting sequence, Tai Chi sword, Tai Chi saber, and Tai Chi Qigong (Chi Kung). He eventually became an assistant instructor under Master Li. In 1971, he completed his M.S. degree in Physics at the National Taiwan University and then served in the Chinese Air Force from 1971 to 1972. In the service, Dr. Yang taught Physics at the Junior Academy of the Chinese Air Force while also teaching Kung Fu. After being honorably discharged in 1972, he returned to Tamkang College to teach Physics and resumed study under Master Li, Mao-Ching expanding his training to include Northern style Long Fist Kung Fu, which includes both bare-hand techniques, especially kicking, and numerous weapons. In 1974, Dr. Yang came to the United States to study Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. At the
request of a few students, Dr. Yang began to teach Kung Fu, which resulted in the foundation of the Purdue University Chinese Kung Fu Research Club in the spring of 1975. At Purdue, he also taught college-credited courses in Tai Chi Chuan. In May, 1978 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering by Purdue. YMAA Organization & Publishing
Yang’s Martial Arts Association was established in Boston, MA. in 1982. With the intent of preserving traditional Chinese Kung Fu and Chi Kung, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming began training students in the rigors of Shaolin Long Fist and White Crane Kung Fu as well as Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. Currently, YMAA is an international organization, including 56 schools in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Holland, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In the early 80’s, Dr. Yang wrote several books, published by Unique Publications. In 1984, Dr. Yang retired
from his engineering career, to undertake his life-long dream of teaching and researching the Chinese arts and founded the YMAA Publication Center which has published many of Dr. Yang’s groundbreaking books and DVDs. His books and videos have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Dutch, Bulgarian, Russian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Croatian, German, and Farsi.
Throughout the year, Dr. Yang travels between YMAA International Branch and Provisional schools worldwide. He also frequently travels within America and around the world presenting lectures and seminars on Chinese martial arts and Chi Kung. He has visited Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Botswana, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, China, Chile, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, and Venezuela. Dr. Yang has published over 35 books and more than 50 videos on the martial arts and Qigong. Since 2004, Dr. Yang has worked to develop the nonprofit, YMAA Retreat Center, a training facility in Humboldt County, CA, where he is training a select group of students in a comprehensive 10-year program.He continues to offer seminars in California, Indianapolis, Boston, and around the world. Sponsored by AKKA Karate in Olathe, we can now include Kansas City, in the list of seminar locations.
Offices Held by Dr. Yang
President of Yang’s Martial Arts Association, YMAA International.
Board of Directors of YMAA Publication Center
Vice President of the International Wushu-San Shou Dao Association
Co-Leader of the 1994 North American Martial Arts Demo Team
Honorary Member of the American Shiatsu Association
Honorary Advisor of the Martial Arts of China Historical Society
Honorable Appointee to the Eastern U.S. Kung-Fu Federation
Awards Earned and Received by Dr. Yang
Prix Bushido, French Book Award, 1st Place, 1997
NICHOLAS C. YANG BRIEF BIO
Nicholas C. Yang (楊志豪碩士) began training martial arts as a child under the tutelage of his father Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming at Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) in Boston, Massachusetts. He has competed in several international and national traditional Kungfu tournaments, including tournaments sponsored by the U.S. Wushu Kungfu Federation, U.S. Kuoshu Federation, U.S. Wushu Union, International Chinese Martial Arts Championship, World Tai Chi Federation, and Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine. He has won several medals and awards for forms events in both bare-hand and weapons categories. In 1996, he began assisting instructors in adult Shaolin classes at YMAA Boston. At that time he also began performing in martial arts demonstrations at the YMAA school, colleges and universities, festivals, and other events around Boston. He also performed in several YMAA published videos. After enrolling in college, he continued to train and teach on weekends and during school breaks.
Occasionally he would also participate in YMAA training camps or assist his father in seminars at various locations around the world. He has accompanied his father to many countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, South Africa, and Taiwan, England and Ecuador.
After earning his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Brown University, he worked as a back-end Java web programmer. During this time, he also began taking part-time classes in digital art at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). In 2005, he enrolled at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts (ECDA) in Emeryville, California to pursue an education in Computer Animation and Visual Effects. Graduating as Salutatorian, he earned a B.A.S. degree from Ex’pression in October 2007. In February 2008, Nicholas earned the rare qualification of YMAA Shaolin Instructor. Shortly after, his father moved to California to begin the YMAA Retreat Center training program. Consequently, instead of pursuing a job in the digital art industry, Nicholas opted to takeover management of YMAA Boston and assume the position of President of YMAA International. Additionally, he was the school’s webmaster, web designer, graphic artist, writer, editor, media manager, and event coordinator. He successfully coordinated several annual martial arts demonstrations and fundraisers, including two for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During these years, he also authored several instructional Long Fist DVDs. Today, Nicholas resides with his father at the YMAA Retreat Center in California, where he now works as the school’s Assistant Director. He continues to train Shaolin, Taijiquan, and Qigong and to manage YMAA International. He still travels with his father each year to teach in various seminars around the United States, Europe, and South America.
Thank you to everyone that signed up, but due to the great response the seminar is full. If you have any questions or to have your name put on the waiting list, please call us at 913-829-4003.