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Journal of Asian Martial Arts Description
Published quarterly, the Journal of Asian Martial Arts is committed to presenting articles and information on aspects of this specialized field. The publisher seeks to provide accurate writings by leading authorities. In so doing, the journal is devoted to studies that offer a better understanding of the cultures from which martial arts arose and in which they continue to thrive.
Therefore, we hope the material provided in each issue will be entertaining as well as offer insights and practical information useful for today's readers.
Our journal logo stylizes the tips of a sword and pen - symbolic of the martial and the cultured. Entwined, they represent the balanced characteristics necessary for individual and social well-being. Viewed in this perspective, the field of Asian martial arts covers a broad range of interrelated concerns. The journal offers a mature, well-round-ed view of this fascinating subject. Therefore, being both general and specific, our jour nal offers a unique display case for works by artists and writers. We appreciate your interest in the journal and hope you will find satisfaction in each page.
The Journal of Asian Martial Arts publishes three types of materials: (1) scholarly articles based on primary research in recognized scholarly disciplines, e.g., cultural anthropology, comparative religions, psychology, film theory, and criticism, etc.; (2) more informal, but nevertheless substantial interviews (with scholars, master practitioners, etc.) and reports on particular genres, techniques, etc.; and (3) reviews of books and audiovisual materials on the martial arts. These three types of materials will be organized in separate sections of the journal. In order to ensure the quality of all submissions in terms of scholarship as well as writing, each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of our editorial board. We look forward to making the journal accessible to all readers while establishing and maintaining a high quality of scholarship, writing, and graphics.
Articles and advertisements in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts represent neither the views of Via Media Publishing Company nor those of the journal editor. The editor is responsible for the final selection of the content of the journal and reserves the right to reject any material deemed inappropriate for publication. Responsibility for opinions expressed and for the accuracy of facts published in articles and reviews rests solely with the individual authors. The publisher does not endorse any product or service advertised in this journal and expressly disclaims any and all liability regarding the manufacture, sale or use of such products and services as well as the application of the techniques discussed or illustrated in this journal. Because of the nature of some of the services, products, and techniques advertised or discussed in the journal, readers should consult a physician before applying these techniques or using these products and services. Because the purchase or use of some of the products, services or techniques advertised or discussed in this journal may be illegal in some areas of the United States or other countries, you should check federal, state, and local laws prior to your purchase or use of these products, services or techniques.
'Inside the Cover' of Journal of Asian Martial Arts
In 1965 Sifu Kuo Lien- Ying, a Chinese master of Tai- Chi Chuan, brought with him to the United States the traditional form of Tai-Chi from which the many other family-named forms were derived. Later Master Kuo founded the Lien-Ying Tai-Chi Chuan Academy in San Francisco.
Since Master Kuo's death Mme. Kuo has continued to teach his form, developing a substantial following. Two of her students have written the preface and foreword, respectively, to this book.
The precise sequencing of the photographs' coordination with the step-by-step instructions reflects Mme. Kuo's analysis of the original authentic moves over a twenty-year period. She traces the historical and philosophical development of Tai-Chi Chan within the context of the sister martial arts from which it was created: Shao-lin Chuan, Shing-Yi Chuan, and Pa-Kua Tsang. Though intended for beginners, Long Life, Good Health should fascinate more advanced students who want to research and compare ancient forms and lineages of Tai-Chi Chuan.
Simmone Kuo has taught Chinese internal arts in San Francisco for the last two decades. She is familiar to Bay Area citizens and children from her many television and school appearances. She continues to lead classes at the Academy which bears her family name and is a member of the Physical Education Department at San Francisco State University.
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