It has been a decade since the publication of the last issue of the Journal of Chinese Martial Arts. Many things have changed in the way people access media. Social networking is now part of people’s daily lives. At a time when many editorials, newspapers and magazines have stopped publication, a lot of thought and consideration went into the decision to bring JCMA back to print in what is a challenging market. Nevertheless, we feel strongly that there is a place for JCMA and that we can build a loyal readership. The Internet and the many social networking sites available provide us with an opportunity to reach out and share our work with Chinese martial arts enthusiasts the world over.
Change is a constant and affects everything, including Chinese martial arts. Although many experienced masters have left us and others are retiring, a new generation of teachers has come on the scene seeking to preserve the old while at the same time infusing their teaching with new concepts and fresh ideas. The bridge between China and the West has also narrowed considerably and this too has served to bring to light many masters and methods that once were not easily accessible. We believe that JCMA is in a unique position to present a comprehensive approach to the arts and its masters and to synthesize the traditional and the modern, thus honoring the past by passing our heritage to the next generation of practitioners. There is a saying in CMA circles, “wǔ shù yī gè jiā,” martial arts are one family. We will feature not only different styles, theories, principles and techniques, but also hope that through our efforts we can bring the CMA community closer together.
In the Winter 2012 issue we feature an interview with Liu Xiao Ling, which will discuss this master’s unique background and insights. Wuzuquan, the Five Ancestors System, is described by Kam Lee. Six Sense Training by Jason Tsou and Art Schonfeld explores the pathway to developing this skill. The 12 Standards of Northern Long Fist by Alex Kwok gives a clear understanding of the guiding points that distinguish the Northern Kung Fu Styles. Two of the essential techniques of Hao Style Praying Mantis, Pi Chui and Beng Chui, are explained by Zhenshen Wang, along with some historical background and the family tree. Our regular features include the Editor’s column, Book and Media Reviews, Basic Training Tips, Coaches’ Corner, and Outstanding Athlete’s Profile.
We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your comments.
Nick Scrima, Editor & Publisher