YMAA Boston Owner/Operator
Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Kids Kung Fu, Qigong, Kettlebell
YMAA Boston was founded in 1982 by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. In 2006 Dr. Yang passed the school to his son Nicholas Yang. In 2012 Nicholas passed the school to Ben Warner.
Ben began his YMAA Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi training in the summer of 1998.
In 2000 Ben began teaching the Kids Kung Fu program. Children's martial arts education has been a major focus of his ever since. He has published two DVDs for kids, Kung Fu for Kids and Kung Fu for Teens.
His practice led him to assist Master Yang, Jwing Ming with staff (long weapon) classes at YMAA Boston. Ben has taught staff classes and seminars worldwide since 2002. He is featured in the YMAA DVD Taiji & Shaolin Staff
As his Shaolin training continued, Ben specialized in White Crane Kung-Fu and Qigong. He has been involved with White Crane seminars in Boston and internationally since 2002. He is featured in the YMAA DVDs Shaolin White Crane 3&4,
In 2006, Ben became a certified kettlebell instructor under Pavel Tsatsouline's RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge) program. He has been teaching classes and private lessons ever since.
Ben was an instructor at the YMAA International Summer Camps from 2002 - 2007. He has been featured in several YMAA books and DVDs, including Qin-Na (Chin Na), White Crane, Long Fist, staff basics, and Taiji Ball Qigong.
You may contact Ben Warner for private instruction at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Adults Martial Arts
Kung Fu, Sanda Kickboxing, Tai Chi, Qigong, Chin Na
Tye is a martial arts practitioner and instructor with over 20 years experience. Starting at a young age Tye studied Kenpo Karate for 6 years before moving to traditional Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong.
Tye started as an assistant instructor for Averill’s Martial Arts Academy in New Hampshire. In 2007 he started Tonkin’s Martial arts, opening his own school in Essex Vermont. In 2012 he continued to teach Kung Fu, Taijiquan, Qigong and Meditation as a head instructor for Tandang Garimot Martial Arts & Wellness in Chicago Illinois
Tye has competed in many national competitions including the International Chinese Martial Arts Championship and Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine Championship. He won several medals and awards for barehand and weapons forms, sparring, and push hands in both internal and external categories, winning a title of Grand Champion in 2014.
Tye continues to compete, train and teach traditional Chinese Martial Arts. His life goal is to preserve and refine these ancient arts to their highest potential.
Tai Chi, Qigong
Axie started studying Shaolin at YMAA Boston in 1999. After a few years, she started practicing tai chi and pushing hands as well. Master Yang invited her to teach tai chi at YMAA in 2005. She has also been an assistant teacher with Master Yang at several seminars.
Prior to moving to the Boston area, she lived in Chicago, studying Northern Shaolin with Valerie Wedel and tai chi with Elizabeth Wenscott.
She can be seen helping out in these YMAA DVDs: “Qigong for Healing” by Lisa O’Shea, “Sunrise Tai Chi” and “Tai Chi Energy Patterns” by Ramel Rones, and “Tai Chi Connections” by John Loupos.
Professionally, Axie is a graphic designer and photographer: axiebreenphotography.com, axiebreen.com.
George began training at YMAA when he was 15 years old, alongside Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming's first generation of students in Boston. He is the first YMAA student in the world to achieve the 10th stripe Shaolin Kung Fu Instructor qualification. George is also one of Dr. Yang's disciples. For many years, George taught adult Kung Fu classes as well as Kids Shaolin at YMAA Boston.
George has participated in several national and international martial arts tournaments, including ones held by the USAWKF (U.S.A. Wushu Kung-Fu Federation) and the U.S. Wushu Union. He has earned numerous medals several times in events in barehand, sword, saber, and spear.
Kids Kung Fu
Looking for a challenging workout after having been a competitive gymnast, Heidi began training at YMAA in 1998. She has been teaching kids for over 30 years.
Heidi competed in high school varsity gymnastics and received an athletic scholarship to Northeastern University, where she competed for 4 years. Upon graduating with an undergraduate degree in Recreation Management, she began running a gymnastics program for the City of Boston in 1984. After 24 years at the Ohrenberger Community Center, the gymnastics program is still going strong! In 1991, Heidi earned a master's degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology and became a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine.
Tai Chi, Qigong, Pushing Hands
Jeff began his study of Tai Chi at the YMAA Boston School in 1987 and has reached the rank of Instructor (3rd degree) in the YMAA system. Jeff specializes in Pushing Hands, which is the two-person form of Tai Chi. He has taken extensive training in the spectrum of disciplines comprising YMAA’s Tai Chi program, including:
Jeff has performed in local and national tournaments and has repeatedly won the title of champion and grand champion in the “A Taste of China” competition. He also took high honors for Taijiquan in the United States Kuo Shu Guo Shu National Competitions, receiving gold medals for Pushing Hands.
“Taijiquan has become the path I follow. It leads me to distant places and incredible people. Taijiquan is a continuous adventure of discovery.”
Jeff Pratt is available for private lessons and seminars. He can be reached at email@example.com
Tai Chi, Qigong
Joe started his martial arts training in Uechi-Ryu Karate Do in 1970 and earned his black belt in 1977. He was very active in tournaments, ranking as one of the top 10 middle-weight fighters in New England by Black Belt Magazine in 1978. After earning his black belt, Joe studied Yoga with Mahima at his living room studio in Cambridge, which led to a smooth transition to his Tai Chi training. Joe's Tai Chi practice began in 1980 by attending Master Bow Sim Mark's Chinese Wushu Research Institute, where he also studied Shaolin and Bagua. In 1985, he joined the Tai Chi program at YMAA and began teaching in 1988.
Joe has always had a strong interest in martial arts and has also studied many other styles, including Gracie Jiujitsu, Jeet Kun Do, Modern Arnis, and Thai Boxing. Joe is also a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Chin Na (joint locks)
Paul has spent many years at YMAA, practicing both Shaolin and Tai Chi. He is one of the few fully qualified YMAA Qin-Na (Chin Na) Instructors in the world and continues to teach at YMAA Boston. Paul has assisted in several Qin-Na seminars held by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. He now teaches seminars at YMAA Boston.