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Good Luck and Farewell to Mike

Mike DiMeglio has decided to leave the Retreat Center. Mike DiMeglio has decided to relinquish his position as a disciple at the YMAA Retreat Center and return home. It is a decision that he came to after much pondering, discussion, and deep thought over the past few months. Although he will not be completing the 10-year training program, he believes his experience over the past year has helped him get to a much better place in his life. Describing it as an increase in consciousness and discovery of who he truly is, Mike is departing the Retreat Center with confidence and clarity. We are happy to see that Mike has benefited from his training experience, but we're sorry to see him go.

First Retreat Center Promo Video

Craig Atkinson, Rii Kanzaki, and the YMAA Retreat Center disciples have worked hard together on completing their first documentary promo video of the YMAA Retreat Center. This short video provides a glimpse into the short history so far of the Retreat Center -- its conceptualization, development, growth, and realization. It also gives some insight into the rigorous training schedule and daily routines of Dr. Yang and the 5 disciples. We remain commited to the traditional Chinese arts and look forward to our continued progress and advancement over the next 10 years.

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Second Semester Underway

The second semester at the YMAA Retreat Center begun. After a restful holiday break at home with family and friends, Dr. Yang and the YMAA Retreat Center disciples are ready to get back to work. The second semester will run from January until July 2009, when the Summer Seminars series will then begin. The disciples will continue the work and training that they started in 2008, starting with a focus on refining their training foundation. The semester will start off with some more body conditioning before sequences and forms are trained. With a strong foundation both physically and mentally, the disciples will be in a prime shape for beginning the forms training, as listed in the training curriculum.

First Semester Ends with Good Progress

The first semester ever at the YMAA Retreat Center has just finished. Four months after the start of the first semester ever at the YMAA Retreat Center, the five disciples have exhibited significant steps forward on their 10-year journey to mastery. They have shown much potential for the coming years of the training.

The first semester consisted of hardcore body conditioning training as well as daily lessons in Taijiquan, Qigong, meditation, and Chinese. Month-by-month, the disciples have grown closer and stronger together, and they are now enjoying a much deserved break before the start of the second semester in January.

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