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Pa Kua Chang

Published bi-monthly by High View Publications,

P.O. Box 51967, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Phone: (408) 655-2990

Editor: Dan Miller

ISSN: 1065-2264

About the Pa Kua Chang Journal

The Pa Kua Chang Journal is published six times a year. Each issue features an interview with, or article by, one or more Ba Gua Zhang instructor(s) from mainland China, Taiwan, the United States, and/or Canada. The interviews will report on each instructor's background, current program, training methods and teaching philosophy. By utilizing this format, the intention is to give students an opportunity to get to know prospective teachers and to let teachers possibly gain insights and ideas from learning about the activities of their colleagues.

Chinese names and terms will be romanized using the pinyin system of romanization except when an instructor prefers his name romanized differently. The title of the Journal appears in the Wade Giles system of romanization as it was the system we started with and we kept the original title. Whenever possible, Chinese characters will be listed in parentheses following the first appearance of Chinese terms and names in each article.

The ideas and opinions expressed in this journal are those of the instructors being interviewed and not necessarily the views of the publisher or editor.

We solicit comments and/or suggestions.

All Rights Reserved, High View Publications.

The authors and publisher of this Journal are not responsible for any injury which may result from following the instructions contained herein. Before embarking on any of the physical activities described in this Journal, the reader should consult his or her physician for advice regarding their individual suitability for performing such activity.

Thanks for the Continued Support

I want to thank those individuals who have continued to support my articles on traditional martial arts instruction. I have received too many letters and phone messages to reply to everyone individually. Please know that your comments are appreciated.

The overwhelming positive response I have received concerning these articles confirms my original assumption that most of the Ba Gua practitioners in this country are very tired of wushu dance routines and "new age," "metaphysical," "esoteric" martial arts. I think it is fine if the dancers want to go to their tournaments and dance and the new agers want to follow their teacher off to fantasy island and believe that reading auras, getting in touch with your "inner child," and trying to push people over without touching them has anything to do with real martial arts skill. But I am very happy to see that most of you want to live in the real world and learn real martial arts.

The support I have received for these articles has not only been from subscribers in this country. I've received letters and faxes from Europe, Brazil, and Asia. One of our Chinese subscribers in Taiwan liked the first article so much that he translated it into Chinese and submitted it to Li Yu Mei magazine (Taiwan's leading martial arts magazine). Li Yu Mei will be printing the article later this year. I guess people all over the world are getting a little tired of "modern wushu."

This issue is my response to those to those closed-minded individuals who like think that "my way is the only way." Those who think that there is only one correct way to walk the circle, or one correct way to execute single palm change, or only one way to do anything in Ba Gua are living in a very isolated little world. Hopefully this issue will allow them to see that there is more than one way to skin a cat.

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