Welcome to Wuxia Martial Arts!!

Since 2007, Wuxia Martial Arts Center formerly known as YMAA (Yang's Martial Arts Association) has been providing instruction in the martial arts in the Amesbury, MA area.

We hope you enjoy our website and will stop by and visit us if you are in the area. This site is designed to give you information about our facility, our style of martial arts, our staff and provide you with information on how to contact us as well.

Practical Self Defense

Wuxia Martial Arts Center was founded by Sifu Scott Tarbell for the purpose of preserving traditional Chinese and Flilpino martial arts along with providing a school for practical self defense training. Wuxia Martial Arts Center offers a variety of technical classes, seminars, and private instruction in the following areas:

Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) Kung Fu

Modern Arnis (Filipino Stick & Knife)

Chinese Sanshou "Free Hand" Kickboxing

BJJ / Submission Wrestling / No Gi BJJ

Qin Na (Chin Na) Joint Locks

All our classes and seminars are taught by Certified Professional Instructors.

What is Wuxia?

Wuxia (pronounced wu-she-ah) literally means "martial heroes", and is a genre of Chinese fiction with stories about xia dating back more than 2,000 years. Wuxia stories follow the adventures of heroic martial artists in ancient China.

The word "wuxia" is a compound composed of the elements wu (literally "martial", "military", or "armed") and xia (literally "honourable", "chivalrous", or "hero").

A martial artist who follows the code of xia is often referred to as a xiake (literally "follower of xia or the heroic traditions").

A code of chivalry also known as martial morality usually requires wuxia heroes to stand up for what is right, fight for righteousness, and use their martial skills to protect others.

Chinese xia traditions can be compared to martial codes from other cultures such as the Japanese samurai's bushido tradition.

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