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Grandmaster Yang, Jwing-Ming

Grandmaster Dr. Yang was born on August 11, 1946 in Xinzhu Xian, Taiwan, Republic of China. Dr. Yang came to the United States to study Mechanical Engineering at Purdue university, where he founded the Purdue University Chinese kung Fu Research Club. While at Purdue, Dr. Yang also taught college-credited courses in Taijiquan (Taiji). In May of 1978, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering by Purdue. Dr. Yang has been involved in Chinese Wushu Martial Arts since 1961, learning Shaolin White Crane (Bai He), Shaolin long Fist (Changquan) and Taijiquan. He has been teaching since 1970 and in the Boston area since 1984. Dr. Yang has also been invited to offer seminars around the world to share his knowledge of Chinese Martial Arts and Qi Gong. Since 1986, Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) has become an international organization. Dr. Yang has published many books and DVD’s on the Martial Arts and Qi Gong, which are available here. Workshops with Dr. Yang are held annually here.

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Master Roger Whidden

Master Roger (affectionately known as Mister Roger to the Karate Kids) was born in 1954 and raised in Dedham, Massachusetts. Roger spent much of his summers in Marshfield at his grandparent’s house. Life started auspiciously for Roger as he was sickly in childhood, had a severe foot injury, was overweight, and there were significant family difficulties to overcome. Thankfully, Roger found some God given talent pitching, in baseball, which led to his development through several sports. He did especially well in wrestling at Dedham High for the renowned coach, James Police. Cross-training through triathlons, weight training, sports and a cross-country bicycle trek has augmented his Martial Arts learning.

Due to difficulties early in life, Roger needed to rehabilitate many serious injuries incurred through sports. Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Massage fostered his rehabilitation. Karate, Yoga, Meditation, and Taiji/Qi Gong enabled him to excel. Graduate studies helped him with a holistic understanding of himself in relation to the world after the tragic death of his brother, Edgar. Roger taught and trained in Martial Arts continuously while receiving his college education (B.S. & M.A.’s in Education and Counseling) and then as a self-employed builder of houses (including this building). He gave up his lucrative career to devote full-time to teaching/training in Martial Arts. Roger’s Taiji Master is the world renowned Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. Mr. Whidden has won several local, national and world championships. Through intuition, Mr. Whidden realized he would be a teacher, would teach Martial Arts, and would eventually have a school here. His brother’s violent death made him realize he has “a lot to do”. Taiji Master John Cheung Li (shortly before his death) implored him to pass on the experiences, and Dr. Yang has enabled him to do it. Roger earned mastery in Taiji in 2005, completing 35 years of Martial Arts training. He is the only student of Dr. Yang to do so. Master Whidden has been teaching Martial Arts continuously since 1975. The sudden passing of his only son, Cory on 6/2/12 has been the ultimate challenge. Grieving his loss illicited spiritual guidance from the compassion Core.