January Calendar

January 11th    Black Belt Class    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
January 18th    Black Belt Class    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
January 18th    School Cleaning    12:00pm
January 24th    Rank (Belt) Testing    Children 5:00pm - 6:00pm
January 24th    Rank (Belt) Testing    Adults 6:30pm - 8:00pm
January 25th    Black Belt Class    11:00am - 12:30pm
January 25th    Demonstration at Montgomery Mall    2:45pm

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Happy Birthday to Students Celebration in January

Charles Robinson, Christine Ma, Hannah Kwag, Sophia Yeh, Marrin Chen. Also a belated birthday from December to Flynn Dougherty.

January Demonstration at the Mall

We need volunteers to help out at the demonstration by handing out school brochures. This is a great way to show support of our school and members of the demonstration team. It will only require about an hour of your time. Please contact Master Yang for further information.

2014 The Year of the Horse

The Horse is the most noble of man’s conquest. With the Horse and its power, man overcame distance and was able to appreciate wide open spaces. In the Chinese horoscope, the Horse has a very good reputation. Proud in appearance, for centuries he has been the friend of man, carrying him into the heat of battle or sharing in the delights of his country retreats.

People born under this sign are essentially gregarious. You love social life and crave acceptance. An agreeable companion, fluent and eloquent in conversation, you know how to please and enjoy pleasing. You are popular, though never modest, and adept at attracting attention.

The childhood and youth of the Horse will be critical. You will leave your family when very young, forced to assert yourself early in life. You will meet difficulties, but you will manage to sort things out. At times you will suffer emotionally and financially, but, as a Horse, you are strong and nothing can hold you back on the path of success. In maturity you will achieve equilibrium, for you will have learned the wisdom of failure and the value of perseverance. Your old age will be serene.

As the Lady Horse, you are passionate and live according to the rhythms of your heart, and your heart sometimes get carried away so that your entire physical being is deeply affected. You are sentimental, impatient and looking for love: you seek to conquer as much as you hope to be conquered. You loving feeling immediate attraction and falling in love at first sight: a smile, a look and there you are, in love.

As the Horse you are very realistic and pragmatic, but not self-obsessed. Once you are financially independent you will be content and ask for nothing more. You are just lucky with money, and life with you is exciting and adventurous.

Grand Master Yang’s Desk Has Arrived!

Master Yang received delivery of his new desk in December. The desk was a gift from the YMAS Black Belt Club given at the Black Belt Ceremony. Special thanks to Paul Colgan for delivery and assembly and Master Ron Lejman for researching and purchasing the desk.

Are You Interested in Joining The Black Belt Club?

Did you know that you do not have to be a black belt to be a member of the Black Belt Club?

Anyone can join the BBC. The club is involved in planning the many events held at YMAS throughout the year as well as raising money for these events. We also meet once monthly for a social breakfast. The Black Belt Club is now accepting applications and collecting dues for the 2014 year. If you are interested in joining, please contact Master Yang or Troy Dougherty.

Congratulations For Passing The First Degree Black Belt Test

A special congratulations to Prednesh Thoppay for passing his First Degree Black Belt Test at only 6 years old. You should be very proud of your accomplishment Prednesh!

Wow Two Brothers Passed The Yellow Belt Test

Congratulations to Shuhang and Arjun Srikoti who both passed their yellow belt test in December.

The Three Important Qualities in Martial Arts


a. The individual needs to develop great self-control as a martial artist.
b. The individual needs to develop a “whole heart”. A whole heart combines trust and patience.


a. Fear causes the mind to become weak and muscles to become too tight.
b. Fear results in inability or difficulty in controlling the movements of the hands and feet.

TO PRODUCE “KI” (Internal Strength/Mind Energy/Universal Energy)

a. Without “Ki” the individual loses control of the hands and feet; the ability to defend oneself is lost; and the individual becomes more easily tired.
b. The martial artist must use and control his/her mind to build up “Ki” thus enabling the individual to distribute power evenly through the entire body. This will in turn enable the martial artist to gain and maintain control of a situation.
c. The mind must control the body. Without this control “Ki” is lost. Without “Ki” the body will not.