Marvin 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.
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