Michelle H. Lin

Shaolin 1st Duan Instructor (6th level)
Taijiquan Assistant Instructor (3rd level)

Michelle began training Shaolin Kung Fu at Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) in Andover, MA in 1997. After three years, she stopped to attend Tufts University where she received her B.A. in International Relations. In 2008, she learned that Jonathan Chang was accepted into the YMAA Retreat Center’s 10-year program in Miranda, CA. Inspired and encouraged, Michelle 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 only female student to be accepted in the 5-year training program at the YMAA Retreat Center. She trained Shaolin and Taijiquan full-time under renowned martial arts teacher and author, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. Michelle graduated in June 2018 and committed herself to the arts as a disciple of Dr. Yang.

Michelle views martial arts as a positive way of life that she aims to share with others through teaching. Michelle is continually inspired by her 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.

Michelle has competed in and served as a judge at several tournaments.

2019 October 12, International Chinese Martial Arts Championship (ICMAC) in Boston, MA

  • 1st – Traditional Advanced Women (36+) Hand Forms
  • 3rd – Traditional Advanced Women (36+) Long Weapon
  • 1st – Traditional Advanced Women (36+) Short Weapon
  • 1st – Traditional Advanced Women (36+) Other Weapon
  • Traditional Adults (36 and over) Advanced Women Grand Champion

2015 May 16, Tiger Claw Elite Championship (TCEC) in San Jose, CA

  • 2nd – Traditional Advanced Women (18-39) Northern Fist
  • 2nd – Traditional Advanced Women (18-39) Short Weapon
  • 1st – Traditional Advanced Women (18-39) Other Weapon

2014 May 17, Tiger Claw Elite Championship (TCEC) in San Jose, CA

  • 3rd – Traditional Advanced Women (18-39) Northern Fist
  • 3rd – Traditional Advanced Women (18-39) Short Weapon

2014 January 25, International Chinese Martial Arts Championship (ICMAC) in Houston, TX

  • 1st – Traditional Advanced Women (18-35) Hand Forms Northern Long Fist
  • 3rd –  Traditional Advanced Women (18-35) Open Weapon

2012 July 7, International Chinese Martial Arts Championship (ICMAC) in Boston, MA

  • 3rd – Traditional Advanced Women (18-35) Hand Forms Northern Long Fist
  • 1st –  Traditional Advanced Women (18-35) Hand Forms Southern Short Hand
  • 2nd – Traditional Advanced Women (18-35) Long Weapon
  • 3rd – Traditional Advanced Women (18-35) Short Weapon
  • 2nd –  Traditional Advanced Women (18-35) Open Weapon

2012 June 9, Tiger Claw Kung Fu Magazine.com Championship (TCKFMC) in San Jose, CA

  • 1st – Traditional Adult Intermediate (18-39) Northern Barehand
  • 2nd – Traditional Adult Intermediate (18-39) Southern Barehand
  • 3rd – Traditional Adult Intermediate (18-39) Short Weapon
  • 3rd – Traditional Adult Intermediate (18-39) Long Weapon

2012 April 7, 2nd Wu Dao Competition in Cambridge, MA

  • 2nd – Adult Advanced Barehand
  • 1st – Adult Advanced Weapons

Traditional Kung Fu category

  • 2018 May 19-20, Tiger Claw Elite Championship (TCEC) in San Jose, CA
  • 2017 May 20-21, Tiger Claw Elite Championship (TCEC) in San Jose, CA
  • 2016 May 21-22, Tiger Claw Elite Championship (TCEC) in San Jose, CA
Portrait Michelle Lin
Michelle appeared in the 2016 film, “Assassin’s Creed.” She portrayed a modern day Assassin named “Lin,” who was a descendant of “Shao Jun.” Shao Jun stars in her own video game, “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.” (Michelle on Assassin’s Creed Wikia)