We martial artists look at other athletes and sneer. They aren’t in the same class as we are. We are warriors. We have no off season. Life is our season! There are no scholarships to be earned in martial arts, we pay for the privilege of being hammered and twisted and slammed over and over. So how would you feel about signing up to do nothing but train 24/7 at a remote location for 10 years?
Yeah, I’m dedicated, not crazy. I’d miss the internet, friends, pets, even my wife. Well Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, decided to just that. He wanted to take young martial artists and get them to dedicate themselves to a 10 year training program out in the mountains. The discription from their website is as follows.
“YMAA Retreat Center in Humboldt County, CA is a nonprofit organization established in 2005 by the founder of YMAA (Yang’s Martial Arts Association), world renowned author and teacher, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Ph.D. The purpose of this organization is to restore and preserve traditional Chinese martial arts and culture to their original level of high quality and standards.”
Although Yang is the only live in instructor, he also brings in other kung fu masters to work with his students. How many? Only 12, and so far, four years into the project, 7 have quit. In early 2012 Yang is going to allow six more students to join for a shorter five year program, so if you are interested, give’m a call (707) 502-8739
Yang says that after the 10 year program is finished, he plans on retiring completely. Crazy or not, this is pretty cool. I am still kind of confused as to how you get a 10 year commitment out of people, but salute to you, you crazy kung fu cult.