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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

Purpose and Policy Statement

In order to keep the Pa Kua Chang Journal an un-biased forum for Pa Kua Chang instructors and practitioners to exchange their thoughts and ideas about the art of Pa Kua Chang, this Journal is totally subscriber-supported and does not affiliate itself with, or receive support from, any particular Ba Gua Zhang instructor or martial arts school. In order to help maintain integrity and impartiality, the Journal will not accept paid advertisement.

The Journal is published six times a year. Each issue features an interview with one or more Ba Gua Zhang instructors from mainland China, Taiwan, the United States, 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.

We will refrain from using titles, such as Master or Sifu, in this Journal. Every school has their own separate definition of these terms and criteria for using these titles. In order to remain impartial and show equal respect to all instructors being interviewed, we felt that omitting the titles from everyone's name was the best policy. We mean no disrespect to any of our contributors or their great teachers.

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 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.

Romanization Change

Over the past three years we have received numerous letters requesting that we to convert from the Wade-Giles romanization of Chinese characters to the pinyin romanization system. I have resisted this until now because I was personally more familiar with the Wade system and I felt like many of the readers who grew up with this system were more comfortable with it as well. However, times are changing. It looks as though pinyin is going to be the wave of the future.

With this issue, the first issue of our fourth year, I have made two changes in the way we handle Chinese characters in the Journal. The first change is to place the Chinese characters in the text instead of at the end of the article. I think everyone who reads Chinese will appreciate this change. The characters for Chinese terms will appear in parenthesis after the first occurrence of a Chinese term in each article. I have also changed the type face of the Chinese characters. Instead of hand drawing them on the computer as I have in the past, I am now using a professional Chinese character type face. Since I was making this change, I thought it would be appropriate to go ahead and change the romanization system to pinyin at the same time. All Chinese words will now appear in the pinyin system of romanization, save the title of the publication. I will maintain the title of the Journal in the Wade system for consistency.

I know that those of you who are familiar with the pinyin system will welcome this change. Those of you who are familiar with the Wade system will have to do as I have and change with the times.

On the Cover

Ba Gua Zhang Instructor Yin Fu (1841-1909)

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