If I Can Conquer Myself

By Ian Wittenber

Dr. Yang is sixty-five years old and a master of multiple disciplines of martial arts, including White Crane. He earned a M.S. degree in Physics from the National Tawain University in 1971, and a Ph.D. from Purdue seven years later. He was named by Inside Kung Fu magazine as one of the ten people who "has made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years." In 1982, Yang's Martial Arts Association was established in Boston, and it has grown to include more than 50 schools located all over the world.

In a recent interview with the Combative Corner, Dr Yang, Jwing-Ming said, "The hardest obstacle today [in teaching] is finding committed students. It's not easy to find a student who is able and willing to sacrifice or compromise things such as their job, families, or social lives to sincerely dedicate to training."

In this short film, directed by Ian Wittenber, we're given a rare glimpse inside the YMAA Retreat Center in Humbolt County, California, where Dr. Yang has brought a select few students to undergo comprehensive training in the discipline of Kung Fu.

"You should continue searching deeper and deeper into your practice. Keep finding resources and people to learn from and help lead you," Dr Yang says in the Combative Combat interview. "What you will discover is so rewarding."

Ian Wittenber has been producing video for Again Faster since 2009 and is one of the most prolific videographers of CrossFit.com media in the world.