2024 YMAA N. America Camp

August 22 - 25, 2024

YMAA North America Camp

Campers registered!

Important Dates

June 2: Registration opens (early bird)
July 5: Early bird ends
July 26: Registration closes*

*Or earlier when full capacity is reached

2nd YMAA camp in North America!

About the Camp

Join us again for the highly anticipated YMAA North America Camp! We’re thrilled to announce our return to the serene setting of the Adelynrood Retreat & Conference Center in Byfield, MA.

Join us for a gathering of martial arts enthusiasts as we come together to learn, grow, and deepen our practice. As always, international participants are welcome!


Adelynrood Retreat & Conference Center
46A Elm Street
Byfield, MA 01922-2812


August 22 – 25, 2024
Thursday to Sunday

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Prepare for an enriching experience as we welcome back last year’s instructors and introduce new faces to our lineup, including Dr. Yang!

Dr. Yang will be teaching White Crane Soft Qigong / Shan He (Fan Crane), Pushing Hands, and San Cai Jian (Three Powers Sword).


We’ll do our best to maintain the established schedule but it is subject to change. All sessions will take place outdoors.

If, due to inclement weather, we are forced to move indoors, the schedule may adjust due to limited training space.

White Crane Soft Qigong & Shan He

Instructor: Dr. Yang

White Crane Soft Qigong training begins at slow speed to develop proper body structure, relaxation, qi flow, and coordination of the body and the breath. Dr. Yang will cover basic theory and patterns with all students before splitting the group based on internal and external focuses.

Internal: More patterns will be covered to allow students to develop a deeper internal feeling. Rocking and stepping will be introduced. No experience necessary.

External: Patterns specific to the Shaolin White Crane sequence, Shan He (Fan Crane), will be covered along with an introduction to fa jing (martial power manifestation). Some prior experience is recommended.

Pushing Hands

Instructor: Dr. Yang

Students will be assessed to determine their appropriate level.

Beginners: Single & Double Pushing Hands will be the main focus to allow students to understand Peng, root, coiling, and neutralizing.

Experienced: Prerequisite: Passed Double Pushing Hands or trained for at least 2 years. Students will have two choices:

  1. Applications from stationary Double Pushing Hands. Techniques will include those from the four categories (Kicking, Striking, Wrestling, and Qin Na).
  2. Double Pushing Hands with stepping. The sense of distance, timing, and angles will be explored.

Internal Topics


Instructor: Phil Dunwoody & Jonathan Chang

Centering is a fundamental freestyle Pushing Hands practice which helps students understand how to find their opponent’s center while maintaining their own. Students learn to develop Peng, rooting, sensitivity, sticking, yielding, neutralizing, attacking, and other Taiji principles.

Beginners: Fundamental drills will be the main focus.

Experienced: Students will refine their skills while adding more difficult elements such as plucking and Borrowing Jing. Moving Centering may be introduced. Prerequisite: Passed Centering level 2 or trained for at least 5 years.

Peng with Na & Coiling Jing

Instructor: Jeff Pratt

Peng is the most used of the Eight Energies of Taijiquan.Peng is the first contact with the enemy. Na and Coiling Jing allow one to control one’s opponent and set up techniques. Combining these skills will allow the practitioner to engage and control the opponent, moving from interception to Push Hands.

Taiji Symbol

Instructor: Michelle Lin & Jeff Rosen

Beginners: Yang-side solo and partner practice (rocking) will be introduced, allowing students to understand the basic body structure and circular movements in Taiji Symbol.

Experienced: Students will focus on the applications to transition in linear and bagua stepping. Prerequisite: Passed Taiji Symbol level 2 or trained for at least 5 years.

Taiji Sword

Instructor: Michelle Lin & Phil Dunwoody

Beginners: Sword fundamental drills and the beginning of the classical Yang style 54-posture sequence will be introduced.

Experienced: Students will refine the sequence and practice applications to deepen their understanding of the movements. Prerequisite: Learned at least half of the sequence or trained for at least 2 years.

Equipment: Sword or similar training equipment (stick). A limited number of loaner swords will be available.

8 Energies Fa Jing

Instructor: Jeff Rosen

Fa Jing means to issue or discharge power explosively or refining the explosive power. Fa Jing training is essential to YMAA Taiji practice as sound execution requires deep relaxation and refined mind-body connection. The practice consolidates internal and external training methods into a singular practice method. Eight Energies Fa Jing training draws upon the 8 foundational energies of taiji, with their unique and overlapping attributes, as a means to explore a variety of ways to manifest power. The training includes stationary, rocking and moving patterns, defined by the core energy patterns and corresponding postures from the Yang style form.

Yang 108 Long Form

Instructor: Phil Dunwoody & Jeff Rosen

Beginners: Starting with Taiji Qigong and other fundamental drills, students will focus on body structure, relaxation, and coordinating the breath with the movements.

Experienced: Students will refine their movements, learn applications, and learn to incorporate medium speed, fa jing, and martial grand circulation in their practice. Prerequisite: Passed Part 1 slow speed.

Qigong 101

Instructor: David Silver

This qigong fundamentals class is beginner-friendly, but offers depth for people with qigong experience. David will lead an hour of follow-along standing qigong, compiling the most effective exercises for overall health. The class will close with techniques to draw energy into the center of the body where it can be stored. A brief Q & A segment will allow for any questions or clarifications.

Discovering Medical Qigong

Instructor: Kathy Yang

Are you new to Medical Qigong? Come discover how traditional Chinese medical exercises can improve your body energy circulation and benefit your health, wellness and vitality. Three of the most popular Medical Qigong sets will be introduced. Walk away with an overview of how each set can be applied to your daily life for your best illness prevention and treatment of disease.

Try a sampler of:

  • 4 Seasons Medical Qigong
  • 5 Animal Sports Medical Qigong
  • 8 Pieces of Brocade Medical Qigong


  • What is Qi (energy) and Qigong (energy exercises)
  • A Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective of Health and Illness

External Topics

Sanda Kickboxing

Instructor: Tye Tonkin

Sanda applications of Shaolin sequences from the YMAA curriculum will be covered. Students will learn to apply the practice and principles of traditional kung fu in modern kickboxing.

Equipment: Gloves & shin guards are recommended

Shuai Jiao (Wrestling)

Instructor: Tye Tonkin

Students will learn effective setups, throws, and takedowns for applications for Taiji & Shaolin practice.

Self Defense

Instructor: Scott Tarbell

The Self Defense block will examine how to de-escalate, build defense frames and boundaries, along with striking and restraint options to deal with single and multiple attackers. This is open to all levels.

San Cai Jian

Instructor: Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

San Cai Jian (Three Powers Sword) is a unique Long Fist sequence which practitioners can train solo or with a partner – San Cai Dui Jian (Three Powers Sword Matching Set).

Beginners: Sword fundamental drills and the beginning of the sequence will be introduced.

Experienced: Students will refine the sequence and practice the matching set to deepen their understanding of the applications, sense of timing, distance, and angles. Prerequisite: Attended a previous San Cai Jian seminar.

Equipment: Sword or similar training equipment (stick). A limited number of loaner swords will be available.

White Crane

Instructor: Jonathan Chang

White Crane is Southern style of traditional Chinese martial arts that specializes in short to middle ranged techniques. Fundamental skills such as basic four corners blocking and bridge hands partner work are essential to the practice.

Qin Na

Instructor: Tye Tonkin

Qin Na, the art of “seize” & “control”. Students will learn the fundamentals from Shaolin & Taijiquan for joint locking techniques, including application setups, entries, grabbing, as well as dissolves and counter measures for Qin Na.


David Silver

YMAA Qigong Master
Cape Cod Tai Chi & Qigong

Cape Cod, MA

David has had a lifelong interest in meditation, and began studying taijiquan, qigong, and yoga in his 20s, becoming certified by Master Yang, Jwing-Ming as a YMAA Qigong Assistant Instructor in 2006, full Instructor in 2009, and finally Qigong Master in 2023. He volunteered managing the fundraising for the nonprofit YMAA Retreat Center 2005 - 2016, which accomplished its goal of an immersive ten-year Kung Fu training program. David works as a producer and director of instructional martial arts and health videos for YMAA Publication Center, and is the founder of the YMAA Cape Cod school teaching weekly classes in person since 2006.

Jeff Pratt

YMAA Taiji Instructor (7th level)
YMAA Boston

Boston, MA

Mr Pratt has been practicing Taijiquan since 1987, specializing in Push Hands (Two-person Taijiquan). He has taught and competed in Taijiquan locally, nationally and internationally. He is a multiple champion and grand champion in national Push Hands competitions.

Jeff Rosen

YMAA Taiji Instructor (5th level)
YMAA Western Mass
Northampton, MA

Jeff began his Tai Chi studies in 1982 at the Aquarian Age School of Health, Meditation and Self-Defense. He began his YMAA training at the Boston HQ in 1991 and has been dedicated to the YMAA system since. Jeff has run YMAA Western Mass since 2012. He is currently a Professor of the Practice at Tufts University where he teaches Impact Investing.

Jonathan Chang

YMAA Shaolin Instructor (10th level)
YMAA Taiji Instructor (5th level)
Wu An Martial Arts – YMAA Wu An
Watertown, MA

Jon has been a practitioner within YMAA for over three decades. He holds nearly a quarter-century of teaching experience under his belt and has instructed at numerous seminars and training camps both in the US and internationally.

Kathy Yang

TCM Time
Boston, MA

Kathy began training at the age of six under the guidance of her father Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. She has taught at the New England School of Acupuncture at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS University) and in other locations around the United States, South America and Europe. Discover Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with Kathy's compassionate, clear and fun approach.

Michelle Lin

YMAA Shaolin Asst. Instructor (6th level)
YMAA Taiji Asst. Instructor (3rd level)
Wu An Martial Arts – YMAA Wu An
Watertown, MA

Phil Dunwoody

YMAA Taiji Asst. Instructor (3rd level)
YMAA Huntingdon Tai Chi
YouTube @TaiChiwithPhil
Huntingdon, PA

Dr. Phil Dunwoody started his study of martial arts in 1996 and Taijiquan in 1998. He fell in love with Taiji because of its deep philosophical roots and beautiful aesthetic. His school became a YMAA branch school in 2015 after he passed his third-stripe test under Dr. Yang. Dr. Phil is a Professor at Juniata College. YouTube @TaiChiwithPhil

Scott Tarbell

YMAA Taijiquan Asst. Instructor (3rd level)
Wuxia Martial Arts Center – YMAA Wuxia
Amesbury, MA

Scott is a full time instructor in traditional Chinese martial arts (Ving Tsun Kung Fu and Taijiquan), as well as sports combat martial arts (Sanda Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). He is the owner and chief instructor of Wuxia Martial Arts Center - YMAA Wuxia since 2007. Scott is certified to teach Taijiquan under Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming. Scott has been training the martial arts for forty years and holds multiple high ranking black belts in Karate, Arnis, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Ving Tsun Kung Fu. In addition, Scott has been a special education teacher at Haverhill High School for twenty years where he teaches Literature and American History.

Tye Tonkin

YMAA Qin Na Asst. Instructor
Wu An Martial Arts – YMAA Wu An
Watertown, MA

Tye has over 25 years of experience training and teaching in traditional Kung Fu, Taijiquan and Qigong, Shuai Jiao Wrestling, & Sanda Kickboxing. He's a 4 time ICMAC internal and external grand champion, WSL Sanda champion, & USA Shuai Jiao national champion.


2-day or 4-day AND overnight or day camper options available. For the ease of the camp and venue coordinators, we have created the following packages (see PDF).

YMAA School Directors receive a 20% discount (indicate on registration form)

Early bird ends on JULY 5TH

Registration closes on JULY 26TH or when full capacity is reached

Non-Training Guests: Out-of-town guests not participating in the training are welcome to attend at a reduced rate (see PDF). Please have the participating camper indicate the non-training guest’s name on the registration form. Guest fees will be invoiced separately.


Check-in: 3pm (Main House Lobby)
Check-out: 11am*

*Sunday departures: consider checking out immediately after breakfast to avoid missing sessions

Guest rooms things to note:

  • There are no locks on the bedroom doors
  • Linens and bath towels are provided
  • Bring slippers and a robe as the bathrooms are shared
  • No daily housekeeping services are provided

© Nicole Grace, Adelynrood 2024

Things to Know

Training Camp

⚔️ Sword – A limited number of loaner swords will be available. If you have extras, please let us know.
🧘Meditation (optional) – 7:15am in the large conference room
📝Testing (optional) – Open to YMAA students. Please indicate your test items on the registration form. Testing fee: $25
😷Masks (optional) – We respect everyone’s preferences and ask that you do the same. Please check in with your training partner(s).
🍲Saturday dinner – Join us for a group meal!


🥗Vegan and vegetarian options available
☕Drinks and small snacks available in the Dining Room

Meal Serving Times:

  • Breakfast 8:00 am (8:15 am on Sunday)
  • Lunch 12:30 pm
  • Social hour 5:45 pm (offered by the Companions, the New York Room)
  • Dinner 6:30 pm

🍷Alcohol is allowed during social hour (after training only!)

Venue - Adelynrood

BELLS🔔 Bells are rung before services, meals and meetings.

CELL PHONES📵 Sound carries far in the Main House so Adelynrood asks guests to refrain from talking on cell phones in the Main House bedrooms and libraries.

PARKING🅿️ Temporary parking at the front for loading / unloading. Long term parking available in the back (no fee).

PRAYER⛪ All guests are welcome to participate in Adelynrood’s Holy Routine:

  • 7:00 am Canticle of the Sun
  • 7:15 am Morning Prayer (Eucharist on Sunday)
  • 12 Noon Intercessory Prayer
  • 9:00 pm Compline (quiet hour in the dorms)


Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center
46A Elm St, Byfield, MA 01922

Adelynrood opened in 1914 as a summer retreat house for members of The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, known as Companions. With libraries and places to pray nestled throughout the building and its quiet gardens, Adelynrood gave Companions a place to enjoy community life while growing spiritually. Adelynrood welcomes all guests to rent their facilities for meetings and events.

Adelynrood is a 14-acre campus just 45 minutes north of Boston and minutes from historic Newburyport and the Plum Island beaches.

Downtown Newburyport, MA
Plum Island beaches (Newburyport)
Parker River Wildlife Refuge (Newburyport)
Crane Beach / Castle Hill on Crane Estate (Ipswich)
Mass Audubon
Downtown Portsmouth, NH


From Boston:

Train / Commuter Rail (1 hr 3 min) – From Boston’s North Station to the Ipswich station on the Newburyport/Rockport line. ($34 – $51)

Taxi (42 min without traffic) – Fastest but most expensive ($210 – $260)

YMAA North America Camp

Register Now!

Last year we closed registration early. This year, we’re hosting Dr. Yang and we expect registration to fill more quickly so don’t miss out!

We’re rebranding the YMAA USA National Camp as the YMAA North America Camp to include our neighbors from YMAA Quebec. Perhaps they will host the camp in the future!

Cancellation Policy

To facilitate thorough preparation, the camp coordinator and venue staff kindly request the final head count several weeks prior to the camp’s commencement. As such, refunds and partial refunds are available within the specified dates:

  • If a cancellation request is made before June 28th, you may be entitled to a full refund, minus processing fees.
  • If a cancellation request is made before July 12th, you may be entitled to a 50% refund, minus processing fees.
  • If a cancellation request is made after July 26th, you will not receive a refund.

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