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T’AI CHI Magazine Founder Marvin Smalheiser Passes Away

tai-chi-magazineMarvin Smalheiser, the founder, publisher, and editor of the popular T’AI CHI Magazine, passed away on October 21, 2016 from undisclosed causes. He was in his mid 80’s.

Marvin Smalheiser began learning Yang style Tai Chi Chuan in 1969 from Marshall Ho’o, who was a student of Tung Hu Ling. After learning from Marshall Ho’o, Smalheiser began learning from Tung Kai Ying, who was the son of Tung Hu Ling. In 1974, Smalheiser took over teaching Tung’s classes at his Tai Chi studio at the Silver Lake location because he was relocating to the West Side of Los Angeles

Smalheiser founded the T’AI CHI Magazine in 1977, at a time when information about Tai Chi Chuan could only be found in the odd book, or a rare article in Black Belt Magazine and Official Karate Magazine. Over the years, Marvin Smalheiser has provided an invaluable service to the practitioners of Tai Chi Chuan.

T’AI CHI Magazine featured interviews of notable Tai Chi masters from China, biographies of famous masters of the past, articles on Tai Chi styles, and training tips.

Our condolences go out to Marvin Smalheiser family, friends, students, and staff of the magazine.

You can find out more about the T’AI CHI Magazine here!





6 thoughts on “T’AI CHI Magazine Founder Marvin Smalheiser Passes Away”

  1. kathleen deleon says:

    How do I get a hold of any of the staff of Wayfarer publications? I used to work for Marvin and has some question to Lisa (office manager)

  2. Miguel Larrea says:

    Soyry to learn about this loos for the Tai Chi community.
    Can you tell me if the Tai Chi Magazine continues ?
    I tried to contact them but no luck. I just stopped receiving the magazine.

  3. Leonard Tornquist says:

    What about subscription holders and remaining issues

  4. Larry Butler says:

    It seems that as a result of Mr. Smalheiser’s passing, the magazine has ceased publication. I don’t know that for a fact, but it is the rumor I’ve heard. His passing is a great loss. And it is terribly sad, and very disappointing. that publication has stopped, as I, like many others, had time remaining on my subscription. Unfortunately, I recall a similar situation years ago when Barbara Davis stopped publishing T’ai Chi Journal. All too bad.

  5. Alfred J. Tolbert, Ph.D., Tai Chi Instructor says:

    Is the Tai Chi Magazine going to continue? I have a two year subscription and have not received any magazines since Summer, 2016. Please advise.

    1. Slanted Flying says:

      Hi Alfred,

      I have not heard if the Tai Chi Magazine will continue in some form or another. I do know that the website was bought by someone else, but do not know their intentions for the site.

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