Michael Yee began his martial arts training in 1974 under Sifu Brendan Lai of the Northern Praying Mantis system. He continued as a student under Sifu Lai until his passing in 2002. While attending the University of California at Berkeley, Michael studied fencing and later studied Kendo while attending the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1992, Sifu Lai introduced Michael to Sifu Jiang Hao Quan and continued his martial arts training with Sifu Jiang until his passing in 2012. Under Sifu Jiang, his studies included Western Boxing, Ba Qua Quan, Shaolin Quan,Yang Tai Chi Quan, Chen Tai Chi Quan, Hsing Yi Quan, and Shuai Jiao. Michael received authorization to teach from both Sifu Lai and Sifu Jiang.