Chin Na

In addition to grabbing techniques implied by the name, the art of Chin Na also includes techniques that utilize pressing and striking. Generally speaking, grabbing Chin Na is more fundamental, while pressing and striking techniques are more advanced. Grabbing Chin Na techniques control and lock the opponent’s joints or muscles/tendons so he cannot move, thus neutralizing his fighting ability. Pressing Chin Na techniques are used to numb the opponent’s limbs, to cause him to lose consciousness or even to kill him. Pressing Chin Na is usually applied to the Qi cavities to affect the Qi circulation to the organs or the brain. Pressing techniques are also frequently used on nerve endings to cause extreme pain and unconsciousness. Chin Na striking techniques are applied to vital points, and can be very deadly. Cavities on the Qi channels can be attacked, or certain vital areas struck to rupture arteries. All of these techniques serve to ‘seize and control’ the opponent.



The fundamental techniques can be learnt by any martial artist or even by someone without any martial arts experience. These fundamental techniques can easily be adapted and incorporated into any martial style such as Judo, Wrestling, Karate or Tae Kwon Do to increase the range of responses. Once a person has mastered all these fundamental techniques, he can continue to study advanced Chin Na, which is so deep that it takes more than 20 years to learn, practice, and master. It is knowledge without end or limit. When Chin Na reaches an advanced level, the application of Qi and Jin becomes very difficult to understand. Without oral instruction from a qualified master, it is almost impossible to learn or master. When you have reached this level, you have reached the level which is beyond what a book can describe. It is learnt from sensing, feeling and inspiration.



Advanced Classes

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Within the advanced group fifty percent of your time is still taken up with fundamental training. The other half is spent working on martial techniques and learning how to apply these techniques in real situations.

Advance physical

Furthermore, your requirements for physical fitness and body conditioning are set to a much higher level. This is to prepare the body for the more advanced techniques. If, at this level, your lacking these essential component you will find great difficulty in applying what you learn.

 You will also be encouraged to set goals and achievements for the advancement of your Kung Fu skills. Teachers and experienced students will be at your disposal to help you with this; giving advice and guidance through out the learning process.

A number of times a year you will be invited to seminars and european camps to further advance your skills by training and learning from Master Yang and/or his disciples. These are great opportunities to also test your progress by grading in front of these high ranking YMAA members.

YMAA White Crane Fighting Style

The White Crane fighting style is a short range fighting style. The practitioner sticks to his opponents upper limbs, restricting their ability to strike; always looking for an openings to unleash their deadly fists!

Our Master Yang started his Kung fu training at the age of fifteen under the Shaolin White Crane Master Cheng Gin-Gsao (Pictured here.)


Master Cheng lived like a hermit on Gu Qi Feng mountain in Master Yang’s hometown and when Yang finished school he would make the journey up the mountain to learn Kung Fu. Master Cheng originally learnt Taizuquan from his grandfather when he was a child and at the age of fifteen he learnt White Crane from Master Jin Shao-Feng whom he followed for twenty three years until Master Jin’s death.

 So what is the origin of the White Crane Fighting Style? It is written in the book ‘Historical Record of the Shaolin Temple’ that during the Song Dynasty (960-1278 A.D) a shaolin monk named Qiu Yue Chan Shi compiled the techniques of the five shape fist and wrote a book ‘The Essence of the Five Shape Fists’. The five fist shapes are made up of the following animals: Dragon, Tiger, Panther, Snake & Crane. The essence of the crane’s key training points are translated as follows:

1557216_orig‘Condense the essence (Jing) & concentrate the spirit. Soothe the arms and transport the energy (Qi.) The actions should be neither too slow nor too urgent; it is appropriate to choose the proper speed. 

Master Yang has the following thoughts on this translation: ‘Jing is the essence of our body and is the most essential and refined part of our life. It is believed that the White Crane has longevity because it knows how to conserve and protect its essence. When this essence is conserved, the spirit of vitality can then be raised. When you move, the arms should be comfortable and opened, which allows the Qi to circulate smoothly. All the actions in the movement should coordinate with the timing and strategies. When it is necessary to be slow, then be slow, and when it is necessary to be fast, be fast’.


Beginners Classes

The beginners group are all about training fundamentals that will develop a strong martial arts foundation.


As a practitioner you will be first taught physical forms and routines that you will be encouraged to integrate into your day to day life. Flexibility, speed, strength and coordination are just a few of the skills these initial techniques & routines will develop.



Once the physical foundation begins to grow you are then exposed to fundamental martial techniques and applications. This will allow you to grasp the body mechanics necessary for the styles we teach at the school. Movement, timing, distance and a sense of enemy are just some of the concepts you are expected to grasp.

Also during these initial stages you are gradually introduced to the four corner stones of Chinese boxing: Punching, Kicking, Wrestling and Chin Na.

YMAA Long Fist Fighting Style

Long Fist is a medium to Long range fighting style where the practitioner keeps his opponent at a distance to allow him to unleashes his specialty: an array of deadly kicks!

With in the YMAA programme our Long Fist fighting style finds its roots in the Nanking Central Kou Su Institute founded in 1928. Master Yang received his own Long Fist training from his third master Li Mao-Ching and in turn Master Li learnt from a second generation student of the Central Kou Su Institute called Han, Qing-Tang.

The institute was established by the Chinese goverment with the hope of revitalising and re-energising Kung Fu in the country. The overiding goal was to consolidate Kung Fu by bringing together great masters under one formal organisation. The masters that were invited were know as the ‘Five Northern Tigers’ and they specialised in the northern fighting styles. These masters rose to the occasion to overcome age old predjudice and discussed, side by side, the best techniques from their own styles. For this reason the style that developed at the Central Kou Su Institute contains elements from many differnent sources; this diverse style has come to be popularly know as Long Fist.

Long Fist is a medium to Long range fighting style where the practitioner keeps his opponent at a distance to allow him to unleashes his specialty: an array of deadly kicks!


What is at the core of the kids programme?


Every week here at the Kids Kung Fu classes we open our doors to the ever growing number of excited children. Unlike the adults they bound into class with what seems like endless energy and enthusiasm; you could become tired just watching them. They line up to bow to the teachers and training begins. Now the question you may ask is ”What’s the training all about?” Sure we train physical fitness and martial technique but what lies at the core of the kids programme?  Well we like to compare every child that joins us to a seed and as we know each seed contains limitless potential. With this in mind we dare not water down the teachings we present as it would be similar to restricting the quality of sunlight and moisture the seed requires for healthy growth. Some may say the concepts and fundamentals we teach are too much for some children to grasp. However, here at YMAA we refuse to dull the edges of these most important tools, taking time to work with every child irrespective of their ability. My own three children are growing at a steady pace and I hope like myself you wish to bring out the very best in them all. After all its not long before they become the dreaded teenager’s and we lose this opportunity to greatly influence their development. So while we are here lets encourage them to push their roots as deep as possible and build a good foundation for healthy, strong growth. Allowing them to become the tall, towering trees we know they can become


Instructor & YMAA Gorey Director: Jonathan Luff

The passion and fascination with martial arts has always been with me for as long as I can remember. Even though I couldn’t say exactly what started me on this journey the first clear memory I have was being presented with a choice: Kung Fu or Aikido? This decision was quickly made for me when I discovered the local kung fu instructor had set an age limit of fourteen. So for two years I studied the formal Japanese art of throws and joint locks and found it a great introduction to martial arts and the learning process involved.IMG-20150429-WA0000
At the age of fourteen I contacted the local kung fu instructor, interested in discovering how different kung fu was to what I’d already learnt, and arranged to attend one of his classes. It became apparent very quickly that the class was a lot more physically demanding; the pre-class warm up was so exhausting I’d struggle to muster the energy to finish. However, after a few months I was in great physical shape and doing things that worked in real life situations.
So started my relationship with kung fu and over the years, while moving from place to place, I found myself studying under a number of teachers. As well as attending classes I also gathered a large amount of reading material and instructional videos; one author in particular who had a profound influence on me was Dr.Yang Jwing-Ming. His approach to teaching and his ability to communicate the concepts of the art gave me a deeper understanding of it and where I wanted to take it.
Some years later while living in ireland, word came to me that Dr.Yang was to give a seminar in Dublin. On investigation I was pleasantly surprised to find out that ‘Yang’s Martial Arts Association’ also had a school in Dublin and I booked my place through its director Paul Moran. On the day of the seminar I was fortunate enough to meet Dr.Yang outside the training hall; where we talked for sometime about his plans for the retreat centre and, as always, he was good enough to answer many of my questions.
Since that encounter, many years ago, YMAA has become a huge part of my life. During which I’ve found myself on a large learning curve that has made me a more confident and well rounded martial artist. Now with the permission to open a YMAA school in my home town of Gorey I hope to continue this learning, not only through my own training, but through the teaching of others