Grand Master Dr.Yang Jwing-Ming
Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming was born on August 11th, 1946, in Xinzhu Xian, Taiwan, Republic of China. He started his Kung Fu training at the age of fifteen under the Shaolin White Crane (Bai He) Master Cheng GinGsao. Master Cheng originally learned Taizuquan from his grandfather when he was a child. When Master Cheng was fifteen years old, he started learning White Crane from Master Jin Shao-Feng, and he followed him for twenty-three years until Master Jin's death.
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 barehands and of various weapons such as saber, staff, spear, trident, two short rods, and many other weapons. With the same master he also studied White Crane Chin Na, Tui Na and Dian Xue massages, and herbal treatment.
At the age of sixteen. Dr. Yang began the study of Tai Chi Chuan (Yang Style) under Master Kao Tao. After learning from Master Kao, Dr. Yang continued his study and research of Tai Chi Chuan with several masters and senior practitioners such as Master Li Mao-Ching and Mr. Wilson Chen in Taipei. Master Li learned his Tai Chi Chuan from the well-known Master Han Ching-Tan, and Mr. Chen learned his Tai Chi Chuan from Master Chang Xiang-San. Dr. Yang has mastered the Tai Chi barehand sequence, pushing hands, the two-man fighting sequence, Tai Chi sword, Tai Chi saber, and Tai Chi Chi Kung.
When Dr. Yang was eighteen years old he entered Tamkang College in Taipei Xian to study Physics. In college he began the study of traditional Shaolin Long Fist (Changquan or Chang Chuan) with Master Li Mao-Ching at the Tamkang College Guoshu Club (1964-1968 A.D.), and 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 Wushu. After being honorably discharged in 1972, he returned to Tamkang College to teach Physics and resume study under Master Li Mao-Ching. From Master Li, Dr. Yang learned Northern style Wushu, which includes both barehand (especially kicking) techniques 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. While at Purdue, Dr. Yang also taught college-credited courses in Tai Chi Chuan. In May of 1978 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering by Purdue.
In 1982, he founded Yang’s Martial Arts Academy (YMAA, now a division of Yang’s Oriental Arts Association, Inc.) in Boston and gave up his engineering career to devote more time to research, writing, and teaching. He has established over 50 schools in more than 16 countries and frequently teaches in many countries around the world. He has written over 30 books and has produced over 40 videotapes on the martial arts and Chi Kung! These publications have been translated into many languages.
In 1999, Inside Kung Fu named him as one of the 100 people who have "made the greatest impact in martial arts in the past 100 years".
Dr. Yang combines training and personal experience with a scientific approach and research. His depth of knowledge and his superb teaching style sets him apart as one of the most valuable sources of theory and practice for Tai Chi and Chi Kung.
Black Belt Magazine Recognizes Dr Yang as its 2003 "Kung Fu Artist of the Year"