Our Programs & Classes
Students and enthusiasts of martial arts have many reasons for their interest in the martial arts. Some are drawn to the physical fitness and weight-loss aspects of training. Others seek to add discipline and self control to their lives. While still others are concerned about safety and self-defense.
Whether you are interested in our programs for mental or physical well being, WUXIA MARTIAL ARTS CENTER (YMAA Wuxia) offers a number of programs that will fit your developmental needs and your busy schedule as well. Click here to view our Weekly Class Schedule.
Ving Tsun Kung Fu
Ving Tsun (pronounced 'wing-chun') is a complete system of self-defense which works for everyone regardless of size, strength, gender or athleticism. Classical Ving Tsun teaches students the theory, concepts, and artisitic aspects of the style. Practical (Competitive) Ving Tsun teaches students how to use Ving Tsun under pressure in all ranges of sparring, and develops conditioning, fighting spirit, and athleticism.
The goal of Ving Tsun is to teach practical self-defense in the shortest amount of time possible. Its techniques are based on positioning, leverage and simple physics, allowing the student to borrow the opponent's strength and turn it against them.
Ving Tsun is practiced by close to 1 million practitioners world-wide in over 64 countries. In Europe, nearly 75% of the military special forces and anti-terrorist units either teach Ving Tsun or incorporate it into their close-quarter battle (CQB) training programs.
The modern system of Ving Tsun is a systematic training method which allows the student to learn quickly. This training method is unique to Ving Tsun and brings students to a real level of self-defense skill in a short period of time.
Our Ving Tsun Kung Fu for Adults program is a goal-oriented self-defense program that provides Adults with a social outlet and a high energy Kung Fu experience.
In addition to a fun and physically challenging curriculum, our program offers mental stimulation and a support structure that can help adults better manage everyday stresses.
Benefits of Ving Tsun Kung Fu
Self Defense Skills
To observe a Ving Tsun Kung Fu class please call 978-340-1059
Traditional Yang Style Taijiquan
Tai Chi (Taijiquan) is a sequence of postures connected by flowing movement, practiced with focused breathing and a calm mind - a type of moving meditation. The slow, smooth movements gently stimulate the internal organs and joints, and improve energy circulation. Tai Chi is a gentle, low-impact exercise suitable for adults of any age and varying physical ability. Practicing Tai Chi can reduce stress, increase energy, balance, and flexibility, and ease symptoms of many health problems such as high blood pressure, asthma, back pain, and arthritis.
Qigong means "energy work." Qi (Chi) is internal energy, the bioelectric force in all living things. Qigong is the ancient practice of using the mind to naturally develop the body's energy through breathing, movement and meditation. It is used to improve health and to develop power for martial arts. It is an integral part of YMAA Kung Fu and Tai Chi classes.
Pushing Hands is the practice of tai chi principles with a partner. It is a fundamental part of training Tai Chi as a martial art. Rather than using force against force, tai chi principles teach the student to redirect incoming energy and use it against an opponent. Pushing hands trains you to listen to and to feel the opponent's incoming force (jin), understand it, neutralize it, and then counterattack. There are two aspects of pushing hands training. The first emphasizes feeling the opponent's energy and then neutralizing it, and the second emphasizes understanding the emitting of martial power and its applications.
Tai Chi Applications class teaches students how to use tai chi movements and postures for self defense.
Benefits of Taijiquan
Self Defense Skills
To observe a Taijiquan class please call 978-340-1059
Chin Na / Shuai Jiao
Chin Na focuses on joint locks and traditional Chinese Qinna (Chin Na), the set of joint lock techniques used in the Chinese martial arts to control or lock an opponent's joints or muscles/tendons so he cannot move, thus neutralizing the opponent's fighting ability. Qinna Shu ( shù meaning "technique") literally translates as lock catch technique. Some schools simply use the word na ("hold") to describe the techniques. Qinna features both standing and ground-based grappling techniques. Shuai Jiao (Chinese Wrestling) is taught in conjunction with Chin Na.
Some Chinese martial arts instructors focus more on their qinna techniques than others. This is one of the many reasons why the qinna of one school may differ from that of another. All martial arts contain qinna techniques in some degree. The southern Chinese martial arts have more developed qinna techniques than northern Chinese martial systems. The southern martial arts have much more prevalent reliance on hand techniques which causes the practitioner to be in closer range to their opponent. There are over 700 qinna traditional techniques found in all martial arts.
Qinna can generally be categorized (in Chinese) as:
"Fen jin" or "zhua jin" (dividing the muscle/tendon, grabbing the muscle/tendon). Fen means "to divide", zhua is "to grab" and jin means "tendon, muscle, sinew". They refer to techniques which tear apart an opponent's muscles or tendons.
"Cuo gu" (misplacing the bone). Cuo means "wrong, disorder" and gu means "bone". Cuo gu therefore refer to techniques which put bones in wrong positions and is usually applied specifically to joints.
"Bi qi" (sealing the breath). Bi means "to close, seal or shut" and qi, or more specifically kong qi, meaning "air". "Bi qi" is the technique of preventing the opponent from inhaling. This differs from mere strangulation in that it may be applied not only to the windpipe directly but also to muscles surrounding the lungs, supposedly to shock the system into a contraction which impairs breathing.
"Dian mai" or "dian xue" (sealing the vein/artery or acupressure cavity). Similar to the Cantonese dim mak, these are the technique of sealing or striking blood vessels and chi points.
"Rou dao" or "rou shu dao" (soft techniques) which generally refers to the techniques deemed safe for sparring and/or training purposes.
Qin means to capture or lock, na means to grab or hold, and while those actions are very often executed in that order, the actions can be performed distinctly in training and self-defense: a trap isn't always followed by a lock or break, and a lock or break is not necessarily set up by a trap.
Benefits of Chin Na
Functionality for all styles
Increases Restraint Skills
Self Defense Skills
To observe a Chin Na / Shuai Jiao class please call 978-340-1059
Sanshou / Sanda Kickboxing
Sanshou (Chinese: 散手; pinyin: Sǎnshǒu), also known as Chinese boxing or Chinese kickboxing, is the official Chinese full contact combat sport. Sanshou is a fighting system which was originally developed by the Chinese military based upon the study and practices of traditional kung fu and modern combat fighting techniques; it combines full-contact kickboxing, which includes close range and rapid successive punches and kicks, with wrestling, takedowns, throws, sweeps, kick catches, and in some competitions, even elbow and knee strikes.
A modern fighting method, sport, and applicable component of Wushu / Kung Fu influenced by traditional Chinese Boxing, of which takedowns & throws are legal in competition, as well as all other sorts of striking (use of arms & legs). Chinese wrestling methods called Shuai Jiao and other Chinese grappling techniques such as Chin Na. It has all the combat aspects of wushu.
Sanshou appears much like Kickboxing but includes many more grappling techniques. Sanda fighting competitions are often held alongside taolu or form competitions. Sanshou represents the modern development of Lei Tai contests, but with rules in place to reduce the chance of serious injury. Many Chinese martial art schools teach or work within the rule sets of Sanshou, working to incorporate the movements, characteristics, and theory of their style.
Chinese martial artists also compete in non-Chinese or mixed combat sports, including boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Sanshou is practiced in tournaments and is normally held alongside taolu events in wushu competition. For safety reasons, some techniques from the self-defense form such as elbow strikes, chokes, and joint locks, are not allowed during tournaments. Competitors can win by knockout or points which are earned by landing strikes to the body or head, throwing an opponent, or when competition is held on a raised lei tai platform, pushing them off the platform. Fighters are only allowed to clinch for a few seconds. If the clinch is not broken by the fighters, and if neither succeeds in throwing his opponent within the time limit, the referee will break the clinch. In the U.S., competitions are held either in boxing rings or on the raised lei tai platform. Amateur fighters wear protective gear.
"Amateur Sanshou" allows kicks, punches, knees (not to the head), and throws. A competition held in China, called the "King of Sanda", is held in a ring similar to a boxing ring in design but larger in dimension. As professionals, they wear no protective gear except for gloves, cup, and mouthpiece, and "Professional Sanshou" allows knee strikes (including to the head) as well as kicking, punching and throwing.
Some Sanshou / Sanda fighters have participated in fighting tournaments such as K-1 and Shoot Boxing. They have had some degree of success, especially in Shoot boxing competitions, which is more similar to Sanshou / Sanda. Due to the rules of Kickboxing competition, Sanshou fighters are subjected to more limitations than usual. Also notable competitors in China's mainstream Mixed Martial Arts competitions, Art of War Fighting Championship and Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation are dominantly of wushu background. Sanshou has been featured in many style-versus-style competitions. Muay Thai is frequently pitted against Sanshou as is Karate, Kickboxing, & Tae Kwon Do. Although it is less common, some Sanshou practitioners have also fought in American Mixed Martial Arts competitions.
Benefits of Sanshou Kickboxing
Self Defense Skills
To observe a Sanshou Kickboxing class please call 978-340-1059
Modern Arnis is the system of Filipino fighting arts founded by Remy Presas as a self-defense system. His goal was to create an injury-free training method as well as an effective self-defense system in order to preserve the older Arnis systems. The term Modern Arnis was used to describe his style of Filipino martial arts. It is derived principally from the traditional Presas family style of the Bolo (machete) and the stick-dueling art of Balintawak Eskrima, with influences from other Filipino and Japanese martial arts.
This class focuses on weapon reaction, grip strength conditioning, principles, techniques and counterattacks. In addition, we also cover empty-hand self-defense (striking, locking, throwing, etc.) as well as the trademark single and double stick techniques of the Filipino martial arts. Other aspects of the art include espada y daga (sword and dagger fighting), sinawali (double stick weaving patterns), and tapi-tapi (locking drills with the stick). In addition to partner drills, Modern Arnis includes the use of anyo (kata), solo forms both with and without the stick. Emphasis is placed on fitting the art in with a student's previous training ("the art within your art"), smoothly reacting to changing situations in the fight ("the flow"), and countering the opponent's attempt to counter strikes directed at him ("tapi-tapi"). Practitioners are called arnisadors or Modern Arnis players.
In addition to its Filipino influences, elements of Kung Fu, Chin Na, Judo, Shotokan Karate, and Wally Jay's Small Circle Jujutsu appear in the system.
Benefits of Modern Arnis
Increases Weapon Skills
Self Defense Skills
To observe a Modern Arnis class please call 978-340-1059
This class emphasizes ground fighting and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport based on ground fighting (ne-waza) and submission holds. It focuses on the skill of taking an opponent to the ground, controlling one's opponent, gaining a dominant position, and using a number of techniques to force them into submission via joint locks or chokeholds.
No Gi BJJ and Submission wrestling (also known as submission fighting, submission grappling, sport grappling, or simply as no-gi is a general term for martial arts and combat sports that focus on clinch and ground fighting with the aim of obtaining a submission through the use of submission holds. The term "submission wrestling" usually refers only to the form of competition and training that does not use a gi, or "combat kimono", of the sort often worn with belts that establish rank by color, though some may use the loose trousers of such a uniform, without the jacket.
The sport of submission wrestling brings together techniques from folk wrestling (Catch wrestling a.k.a. catch-as-catch-can), Judo, Greco-Roman wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, jujutsu (of the traditional form),Shuai Jiao, and Sambo.
Submission fighting as an element of a larger sport setting is very common in mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, catch wrestling, and others. They are also known for using submission techniques normally banned in other arts or competitions such as heel hooks, toe holds, wrist and finger locks.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / Submission Wrestling / No Gi BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / Submission Wrestling / No Gi BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as "rolling") and live drilling play a major role in training.
Benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / Submission Wrestling / No Gi BJJ
Self Defense Skills
To observe a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class please call 978-340-1059
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