The current version of the Six Harmonies Press website contains basic background information on internal martial arts as presented in the Internal Martial Arts journal’s Beginners’ Guide columns, a small selection of back issue Articles previously published in the print journal, listings and descriptions of the contents of Back Issues, descriptive listings of the various Videos, Books, and T-shirts available in the IMA Catalog, selected color versions of Photos of respected internal martial arts practitioners that have appeared in the Neijia Photo Gallery in the print journal, latest relevant News items, as well as a small collection of recommended WWW Resources and a School Links page.
Although arts such as Taiji, Xingyi, Bagua and Aikido have arisen separately and respectively from China and Japan, these arts share mechanical, tactical, and strategic attributes that differentiate these so-called “internal” martial arts (neijia) from “external” martial arts (waijia) such as Shaolin related or derived styles in China and Japan. Whenever possible, IMA attempts to examine the unique characteristics of internal martial arts and leave the exploration and exposition of aspects which are shared with or are more pertinent to external martial arts to other capable print publications.
In addition to the four internal martial arts listed above, IMA occasionally provides coverage of related arts (such as Yiquan, Bajiquan, Tongbeiquan, Aiki-jujutsu, etc.) which may also share, to greater or lesser degree, some of the unique mechanics, tactics, and strategies of the better-known neijia arts. Although some of these arts may be well-known on the Mainland or in Japan, relatively less information on these arts has been generally available in the West.
IMA believes that the formidable task of trying to understand traditional internal martial arts may be enhanced by applying modern Western analysis in an attempt to demystify seemingly extraordinary or mystical practices which often actually have their basis in tangible physical reality susceptible to analytical study. Even so, IMA recognizes the undeniable value of traditional study to preserve the culture and knowledge represented by these arts.
The Internal Martial Arts journal is dedicated to providing informative and objective coverage of traditional Taiji, Xingyi, Bagua, Aikido and related arts. IMA invites substantive contributions reflecting practical knowledge and experience in internal arts from fellow teachers and enthusiasts. We seek viewpoints based upon demonstrable results. IMA also strives to maintain a relatively clinical approach by minimizing the use of honorific titles such as “master” or “sifu” and seeks to aid and encourage those genuinely interested in training and improving themselves. We invite submission of knowledgeable articles and comments from our readership, hoping to further a spirit of enthusiastic sharing of information to ensure that authentic internal martial arts skills do not go untransmitted.
Please join us in this exciting endeavor of integrated self-discovery in trying to acquire the practical understanding, personal development and demonstrable physical skills associated with legitimate internal martial arts.