Statement of Purpose
We were formed to promote the study of Qigong. We strive to provide the best training possible in a pleasant and relaxed environment.
In the past 15 years, the amount of information coming out of China has increased dramatically, and with Qigong Masters now teaching Qigong more openly to non-Chinese students, it is important for those interested in Qigong to continue their studies and remain open to new information as it becomes available. At YMAA-Tulsa we continue our studies on an ongoing basis. Our goal is to function side by side with the Complementary Healing and Medical community and to teach Qigong to anyone who sincerely desires to learn it. With the acceptance in China of Western Medicine, we hope the day will come when these two will work together in the West as well and as a result, offer the best of “both worlds” to our fellow man. In our humble way, we bring Qigong to the public with the goal of helping bridge that gap and to increase its acceptance in the West. We invite you to take part in our Qigong training classes and join us in this, a wonderful journey.
Wishing you the utmost success in your training,
Thomas D. Bowman
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
Dr. Yang was born on August 11, 1943 in Taiwan. For thirteen years, he studied Shaolin White Crane which included Qin Na under Master Cheng Gin-Gsao. At the age of sixteen, Dr. Yang began the study of Yang style Taijiquan under Master Kao Tao. He later continued his Martial arts training with Taijiquan and Shaolin Long Fist Master Li Mao-Ching in Taipei.
After completing his M.S. Degree in Physics at the National Taiwan University in 1971, Dr. Yang taught in the Chinese Air Force and at Tamkang College.
In 1974 he came to U.S. to study at Purdue University. While at Purdue University, he taught Chinese Martial Arts, including a course in Taijiquan. He was awarded his PH.D. in Mechanical Engineering in May of 1978.
Dr. Yang moved to Boston in 1982 and founded YMAA on October 1st of that year. In January of 1984, he gave up his engineering career to devote more time to research, writing and teaching. Dr. Yang is continually invited to teach seminars throughout Europe, North and South America and elsewhere.
Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) has grown to include 54 schools located in Poland, Portugal, France, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, United Kingdom, South Africa, North and South America.
Dr. Yang has published a full range of books, audiotapes, videos and DVD’s on Chinese Martial Arts and Qigong.
Thomas D. Bowman
Tom was born on December 13, 1951 in Lima, Peru.
In the summer of 1968 Tom moved to Tulsa, OK.
Tom started his
Chinese Martial Arts studies in the year 1996 when he enrolled in
the Academy of Self Defense in Tulsa, studying Hung Gar Kun Fu
under Master Ray Hildreth. It was during this period that he
discovered the benefits of Qigong and began to specialize in this
side of Chinese Martial Arts. Later he began the study of Medical
Qigong with the goal of bringing the Health and Medical aspects of
Qigong to the fore-front in Tulsa.
Tom began studying
Qigong from Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming in August of 1999 and was granted
a school in February of 2001 which he currently operates in Tulsa,
OK. Dr. Yang certified Tom as an assistant Instructor in 2007.
In addition to his
studies with Dr. Yang, he has studied Medical Qigong with Dr. and
Qigong Grandmaster Hong Liu who currently resides in Hawaii. Master
Hong is an MD (China) as well as a Qigong Master from Mainland
China. Tom completed Master Hong’s Advanced Medical Qigong courses
in June of 2003.
He currently resides in Tulsa, OK and is
Director of Qigong School of Tulsa.