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Michelle Lin is a Shaolin Kung Fu and Yang-style Taijiquan (Tai Chi) teacher within Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA). Michelle and her partner, Jonathan Chang, have taught around the world and currently offer classes, workshops, online live lessons, and video tutorials through their company, Barking Rabbit.

Michelle began her training in Shaolin Kung Fu in 1997 at Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) in Andover, MA. In 2001, she took a break to attend Tufts University. In 2008, she learned that Jonathan Chang (now her partner) had been accepted into the YMAA Retreat Center’s 10-year program in Miranda, CA. Inspired and encouraged, she resumed her training at YMAA Andover. With a fresh perspective, she became deeply appreciative of the arts and aspired to learn more.

In 2013, Michelle became the first female student ever to be accepted into the YMAA Retreat Center founded by renowned martial arts teacher and author Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming in Humboldt County, California. She embarked upon a 5-year program to train full-time in the disciplines of Shaolin and Taijiquan. Upon her graduation in June 2018, committed herself as the first female disciple of Dr. Yang.

Michelle has competed in and served as a judge at several tournaments. In 2016, amidst her training at the YMAA Retreat Center, she was in the feature film “Assassin’s Creed,” directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. On the silver screen, she played a modern day assassin – coincidentally named “Lin” – who is descended from Shao Jun,” star of the video game “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.”

Michelle views martial arts as a positive way of life that she aims to share with others through teaching. Michelle is continually inspired by mentors, training partners, students, and those who strive to improve themselves. She is forever grateful to Dr. Yang and her second family, the YMAA community.

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Croft Vaughn, springboard diving coach of Team New York Aquatics (TNYA), was a competitive high-school diver in Indiana, where he medaled at State competitions.  He trained under 2008 Olympic coach John Wingfield at Ball State University Dive Camps.  Later, he represented NYU Diving with Todd Kolean, and Olympic silver medalist Scott Donie as his coaches. He taught diving at NYU for 3 years before he was recruited to launch the diving program with TNYA, a Manhattan based swimming, diving, and water polo team in the United States Masters Swimming Metropolitan network.  In its first year of operations, TNYA Diving brought 4 divers to the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) competitions, where they brought home 7 gold medals and 2 silvers.  Now in their second year, they brought 9 competitors to IGLA in Iceland, where they dominated the competitions. Croft is also a playwright, a storyteller, and an avid Country-Western dancer in New York City (he is the 2011 and 2012 advanced line dance champion for the IAGLCWDC). Amidst the 30th Olympic Games in London, he gives us an insider’s view into the physics, psychology, and fun behind this beautiful and exacting sport.

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