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Dr. Yang Jwing-MingDr. Yang, Jwing-Ming was born on August 11, 1946, in Xinzhu Xian, Taiwan, Republic of China. He started his Gongfu (or Kung Fu) training at the age of fifteen under the Shaolin White Crane (Bai He) Master Cheng, Gin-Gsao. 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-Fong, and followed him for twenty-three years until Master's Jin death. In thirteen years of study (1961-1974 AD) 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 others. With the same master he also studied White Crane Qin Na (or Chin Na), Tui Na and Dian Xue massages, and herbal treatment.

Cheng, Gin-Gsao
Dr. Yang's
White Crane

Li, Mao-Ching
Dr. Yang's
Long Fist

At the age of sixteen, Dr. Yang began the study of Taijiquan (Yang Style) under Master Kao Tao. After learning from Master Kao, Dr. Yang continued his study and research of Taijiquan with several masters and senior practitioners such as Master Li, Mao-Ching and Mr. Wilson Chen in Taipei. Master Li learned his Taijiquan from the well-known Master Han, Ching-Tang, and Mr. Chen learned his Taijiquan from Master Chang, Xiang-San. Dr. Yang has mastered the Taiji barehand sequence, pushing hands, the two-man fighting sequence, Taiji sword, Taiji saber, and Taiji Qigong.

When Dr. Yang was eighteen years old he entered Tamkang College in Taipei Xian to study Physics and also 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.). He 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.

Dr. Yang praticing
White Crane with is brother
in the 60's.

Dr. Yang Yang praticing spear against Long Fist's (Changquan) saber with in training parterer Dr. Yang, Xi-Liang, 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 resumed study under Master Li, Mao-Ching. From Master Li, Dr. Yang learned Northern style Gongfu, 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 Gongfu (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 Taijiquan. In May, 1978 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering by Purdue.

Master Li teaches Dr. Yang
in the 70's.

Em 1980 Dr. Yang moveu-se para Houston para trabalhar na Texas Instruments. Da sua estadia em Houston fundou a Academia Yang´s de Shaolin Kung Fu, que viria a ser seguida pelo seu discípulo Sr. Jeffery Bolt depois de se ter mudado para Boston em 1982, aonde viria a formar a Yang´s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) a 1 de Outubro de 1982.

Master Yang in front of Grandmaster Cheng tomb, 1979.

In summary, Dr. Yang has been involved in Chinese Gongfu since 1961. During this time, he has spent thirteen years learning Shaolin White Crane (Bai He), Shaolin Long Fist (Changquan), and Taijiquan. Dr. Yang has more than thirty years of instructional experience: seven years in Taiwan, five years at Purdue University, two years in Houston, Texas, and sixteen years in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, Dr. Yang has been invited to offer seminars around the world to share his knowledge of Chinese martial arts and Qigong.

The countries he has visited include Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Poland, England, Ireland, Portugal, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Iran, Chile, Venezuela, Morocco, South Africa, Holland, Hungary, Spain, and Germany. Dr. Yang has published twenty-four books and twenty-eight videotapes on the martial arts and Qigong. Currently he is president of Yang's Oriental Arts Association, Boston, MA.



Grandmaster Shou-Yu Liang is one of the recipients of the Coach of Excellence title, given only to the most outstanding Chinese martial arts instructors by the people's Republic of China. He has also been a committee member in the Sichuan chapter of the Chinese National Wushu Association and Coaches Committee and has frequently served as a judge for Chinese national professional Wushu competitions. Upon immigrating to Canada, Grandmaster Liang was elected head coach of the first Canadian National Wushu Team in 1985. Competing in the first world Wushu tournament in China that year, the Canadian team finished third overall. In the following year at a tournament involving 28 nations, the Canadian team placed in second, next only to the powerful Chinese team. The Canadian success story shocked the Chinese nation, and news of their outstanding accomplishments spread throughout China.

Grandmaster Liang has many times presided as head judge or chairman of the judging team for national and international Wushu tournaments. He formerly held the positions of Chairman of Wushu, Taiji, Qigong instruction at the University of British Columbia Physical Education and Recreation Department. In 1988, Grandmaster Liang formally established the Shou-Yu Liang Wushu, Taiji, Qigong Institute in Vancouver, Canada. A year later he went on to found the International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association(IWSD) and was selected as the Chairperson. Today, stilled chaired by Grandmaster Liang, the IWSD has created branches in more than 20 countries around the world.

In 1994, Grandmaster Liang lead the North American Marital Arts Exhibition Team for a friendship performance tour to ten major cities in China. His team received a warm welcome by the people and government of China. While in China, the team also competed in the international Wushu Competition held in Shanghai, for which 32 nations were represented. Grandmaster Liang's team received 42 out of 56 gold medals awarded to the competitors. The Canadian Prime Minister at the time, Jean Chretien, also wrote a letter of encouragement to the team. Many Chinese television stations, radio stations, and newspapers spread the news of the exhibition team all over China.

Since 1985, most of the top ranked athletes in the Canadian and U.S. National and International Competitions are or have been students of Grandmaster Liang. His students often received the top 3 places in Wushu, Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, and Baguazhang competitions. Many of Grandmaster Liang's students in China, the United States, and Canada have become distinguished instructors and coaches themselves.

Grandmaster Liang is well-known and respected internationally. He was selected by the China Wushu Magazine in the "Biography of Today's Extraordinary Martial Artists". He has been awarded the "World's Top 100 Outstanding Martial Art Professional Award", "World's Greatest Contribution Award", and "World's Outstanding Accomplishment Award". He has also been selected to be included in the "Current List of Famous Martial Artists" and in the Chinese "Who's who in the world".

Grandmaster Liang has written and produced numerous books and videos. Due to their widespread popularity, many of these publications have been translated into other languages such as French, Polish, Greek, Chinese, and Russian. He has been featured a great number of occasions on international television including Chinese Central Television(CCTV), Cable News Network(CNN), Discovery Channel as well as many other Canadian, Mexican, Greek, British and various European networks. He has also been featured on the covers of many prestigious Chinese, American, and Canadian newspapers and magazines. In 2002, Grandmaster Liang was bestowed the title of Life Time Honorary Chairman and ranked a 10th degree by the Confederation of Canadian Wushu Organizations - the highest level of Wushu achievement by that organization.