• Level 2 Seminar: Coaching & Programming

    Level 2 Seminar: Coaching & Programming

    Armed with deeper knowledge of Chinese weightlifting technique, learn how to program and coach to enhance your training arsenal.

What to Expect

The first portion of this seminar is primarily lecture-based, designed for coaches and self-coached athletes who want to build a deeper understanding of Chinese weightlifting practice and instruction.

The latter portion puts your newly-learned skills to the test in a breakout session with other participants. We will cover coaching cues for implementing technique through hands-on instruction and group critique. Instructors can shadow if they don’t wish to lift, or they can use a video of their athlete for critique.

"The seminar was extremely organized, well run, and informative. Since the seminar, my technique has improved using the tools that I learned, and my numbers have been steadily increasing." --- Louisa Yu, 2018 Participant, San Diego


  • Understand the basic framework Chinese weightlifting programming is built on
  • Learn how to structure short-term and long-term training plans
  • Learn in-depth biomechanics analysis of Chinese weightlifting technique
  • Learn programming best practices for beginner, intermediate, and advanced lifters
  • Understand gender differences in programming


Who: All experience levels. Participants must have attended Ma Strength Level 1 prior to attending Level 2.

Cost: Rates vary by location.

Duration: Varies by group size

CEUs: Yes, 7 credit hours approved by NASM

  • John Steiner

    John Steiner

    "A huge thanks to Coach Manuel Buitrago and Coach Jianping Ma for putting on a seminar at Crossfit Greensboro on 2/7. The quality of coaching is unmatched..."

  • Craig Orwin

    Craig Orwin

    "I took what I learned from the seminar this last weekend to training today. By far the most consistent, high-quality training session I've ever had. HUGE thanks to Coach Ma and Coach Manuel for their help and knowledge!"

  • Scott Cereghino

    Scott Cereghino

    "Takeaway from the weekend ... it's highly unlikely that you won't take something positive away from this seminar. Especially when you are learning from a Coach with such a long history (over 40 years) of competing and coaching at the highest level in the world. If you get the chance, go to a Ma Strength Seminar....it's well worth it!!"

  • Chet Lau

    Chet Lau

    "Coach, today was the first day I've walked out of the gym without knee pain. Thanks again for a great seminar!"

  • John Weeks

    John Weeks

    "Many thanks to Ma Strength coaches Jian Ping Ma and Manuel Buitrago for their outstanding technique clinic held at my gym Tough Temple CrossFit this past weekend. Having been coached by many great coaches over the past three years, and becoming a coach of the olympic lifts myself, I can say the level of understanding and insight offered by these two coaches is truly great. "

  • Jerell M. Barber

    Jerell M. Barber

    "As a coach and a lifter I definitely value the chance to connect with these athletes /coaches to gain not only knowledge, but definitely perspective on the sport of weightlifting. Again thanks for the opportunity and I will definitely participate and encourage others to participate in anything you guys hold in the future!"

  • Tommy Caldwell

    Tommy Caldwell

    "I've attended quite a few olympic lifting clinics in the past 6-7 years, including private camps with Olympic Medalists and a Camp with Team USA at the Olympic Training Center, but this weekend's clinic with Jianping Ma and Manuel Buitrago has been my favourite so far."