My first article on the martial arts was published in a Canadian periodical [RCMP Gazette] in 1979 and a year later my first article on taijiquan was published in an American martial arts magazine . About 160 published articles, five books and more than a hundred blog posts later, I had made a little money in the early years as a writer and the work of writing has also helped me sort out how I felt on a variety of martial and taiji topics over the years.
More importantly, I was sometimes told by readers that my articles had been helpful to them and that was more satisfying than the occasional check that I received [My wife might have a different opinion].
We won't talk also talk about the occasional comment that I was clueless about the topic that had offended that particular reader! After all those years of writing on taijiquan and the martial arts the impulse to do so seemed gone in the late Spring of 2017 when I closed the blog that had run for almost a decade on my old website.
But it's hard to silence an aging writer and so... to quote that famous line by Jack Nicholson in the cinematic version of The Shining "I'm Back!" ... at least when I think I might have something valuable to say!
43+ Years of Experience Training in the Chinese martial arts; 33+ years experience teaching taijiquan and 24+ years experience teaching baguazhang