Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Ymaa California Retreat Center

  • Miranda, CA
  • http://ymaa-retreatcenter.org

Mission Statement

The central mission of the YMAA California Retreat Center (“Retreat Center”) is to restore and preserve the traditional Chinese martial arts to their original high standard through an intense, full-time program of education and training of between 8-15 students. The curriculum will include intensive training in martial arts, education and training in Chinese healing arts, martial arts morality, Chinese history, culture and language, English language, and financial and business models.

YMAA seeks to preserve, develop, and refine traditional Gongfu, Taijiquan, and Qigong to an exceptionally high standard through an
international, mutually-supportive community and network. We openly welcome, teach, learn from, and support all who share their knowledge about any related external or internal art. Our goal is to educate the world about this piece of culture, its history, and the YMAA training philosophy. At YMAA, our vision is to use Chinese culture and martial arts training to foster a global nation of like-minded people who help each other achieve their goals.

We aim to build students' confidence, physical health, mental focus, and self-discipline. YMAA provides an environment for students to succeed through a supportive yet demanding training program. Our school promotes traditional methods of practice, challenging ourselves and each other physically, mentally, and spiritually.

We encourage creativity, attention to detail, and correctness in the arts. Throughout our training, we strive to embody martial morality:
humility, respect, righteousness, trust, loyalty, will, endurance, patience, perseverance, and courage.

Main Programs

  1. 10-Year Discipleship Training Program
  2. 5-Year Full-Time Program
Service Areas

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International

Educational seminars, classes, and training offered in several locations and countries around the world, but primarily situated in Miranda, CA 95553.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang

Keywords

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ymaa, retreat center, preservation, chinese arts, martial arts

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Also Known As

Ymaa Retreat Center

EIN

03-0602437

Physical Address

1 Thomas Rd

Miranda, CA 95553

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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For the first-time ever, students of our center are achieving phenomenal success in their training and education through an immersive program that most other schools only contain a fraction of. With the focused attention and dedicated time to practice, students at the center progress much faster and more effectively than they ever could at most locations elsewhere.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

10-Year Discipleship Training Program

The 10-year program is trained by all accepted disciples of the YMAA Retreat Center. It is an intensive, comprehensive training program thoroughly and extensively covering Chinese martial arts, martial philosophies, culture, and history. Guest instructors will also be invited for lessons in media production, business, and accounting.

The full training curriculum can be found on our website.

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Population(s) Served

Male Adults

Female Adults

None

Budget

Program 2

5-Year Full-Time Program

Students of the 5-Year Program will go through an expedited orientation and introduction semester and then join the other students currently in the 10-Year Program. Like the 10-Year Program, the 5-Year Program is an intensive, comprehensive training program thoroughly and extensively covering Chinese martial arts, martial philosophies, culture, and history. Guest instructors will also be invited for lessons in media production, business, and accounting.

The full training curriculum can be found on our website.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Male Adults

Female Adults

None

Budget

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The face of martial arts must be rewritten. Martial arts is not about fighting, violence, and entertainment. It is much more than what the mass media leads us to believe. There are inherent, valuable teachings that martial arts training carries through Kung Fu, Taijiquan, Qigong, and meditation practice. The value of such teachings cannot be felt or seen without hard, diligent work. It is a traditional practice with traditional results, a practice that ultimately creates good people who recognize the value and importance of morality and discipline. Many things we learn in today's world neglect the concept of hard work, which has led to the coming of a generation fostered by many excuses and a lack of discipline. Additionally, today's world gives us so much freedom in the choices we make, causing much confusion in the mind. Martial arts paves the way for clearing your mind and learning about yourself, the world, and your ultimate path in life. It leads to an awareness and lifestyle of better health, mentally and physically.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Educational seminars, classes, and training offered in several locations and countries around the world, but primarily situated in Miranda, CA 95553.

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Funding Needs

Every disciple training at the center will cost a minimum of $10,000/year for food, lodging, and maintenance of facilities. Additional funding needs will vary from year-to-year depending on construction, available materials and resources, and any special needs.

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YMAA California Retreat Center
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Ymaa California Retreat Center

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang

BIO

Experience
2005 - Current
President, YMAA Retreat Center

1989 - Current
President, Yang's Oriental Arts Association,
Inc. (YOAA, Inc.)

1989 - 2003
President, YMAA Publications Center

1984 - 2008
President, Yang's Martial Arts Association
(YMAA)

1982 - 1984
Product Engineer, Analog Devices, Wilmington,
MA, USA

1980 - 1982
Product Engineer, Texas Instruments, Houston,
TX, USA

1979 - 1980
Post Doctoral Research Associate, LORRE, Purdue
University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
1978 - 1979
Post Doctoral Research Associate, CINDAS,
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
1975 - 1978
Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering
Dept., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
Taijiquan Instructor, Theater Dept., Purdue University, West
Lafayette, IN, USA
1974 - 1975
Teaching Assistant, Physics Dept., Purdue
University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
1972 - 1974
Instructor, Physics Dept., Tamkang University,
Damshui, Taiwan
1971 - 1972
Military Instructor, Junior Academy of the
Chinese Air Force, Taipei, Taiwan
1970 - 1971
Teaching Assistant, Physics Dept., Tamkang
University, Damshui, Taiwan

Education
1974 - 1978
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN, USA
1968 - 1971
M.S. in Physics, National Taiwan University,
Taipei, Taiwan
1964 - 1968
B.S. in Physics, Tamkang University, Damshui,
Taiwan

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

""I want to lead Chinese martial artists in the West back to their roots
and help them regain their original high level of skill and public
respect. I also wish to bring Qigong training to the Western world and
have it accepted by the Western medical society once and for all."

- Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang

YMAA Retreat Center

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