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Many have asked and shown great interest in joining the full-time program, so I am happy to announce that we will be opening applications this March for a 3-year Full-Time Training Program. Applications will be due by April 1st, 2015. The program will take place from September 1st, 2016 - June 30th, 2019. Of the applications received, we will accept only 6 students. We hope that the shorter 3-year timespan will make it easier for prospective applicants to make such a big commitment. As we have seen, it is not a commitment that is so easily fulfilled. However, the shorter time also means that not all training topics will be covered, and not all students will necessarily achieve a certifiable level. The focus of this new 3-year program will be Taijiquan. Students may join some of the Shaolin training as well, but the goal will be to complete the full Taijiquan curriculum by the end of June 2019. As before, there will be a mandatory trial period (between 2 weeks - 1 month) in addition to the written application.
We had a productive first month at the center and hosted a great group of visitors coming from the U.S., Australia, and Brazil. Seeing the students train hard with spirit, discipline, and camaraderie makes me happy. It will be a good year.
October 1st, 2014 marks YMAA's 32nd anniversary. It has been a fulfilling and rewarding experience to share my knowledge, practice, and experiences with the world for the past 3 decades. As it has done for many others, traditional martial arts truly changed my life around. 40 years ago I never imagined I would be anything else but an engineer. It is truly a gift to have been able to endure all the hardships of the past to build a path towards my dream. I could have never achieved it without the teachings in morality and discipline I received from my masters.
"We just wrapped up our 6th year at the YMAA Retreat Center. This year's training has been the most productive and smoothest of all the years so far. The new group of students who joined us last fall are full of promise, heart, and spirit. Together with the old group, I am confident that all students will be able to reach their training goals in the years to follow. Congratulations to all students for their hard work and dedication this year ..."
We're wrapping up the Spring 2014 semester in full gear! Meanwhile, here's a recent interview we did with Charles. :)