Re: Greetings from Taiwan
Hi Jun, Tom,
Yes, the Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals book is the one my wife and I did. Oh, and my brother tells me that Amazon has (as of Friday) started shipping the book.
And yes, I think Ma Ming-da is an outstanding martial arts historian and his various books/articles were an important resource for my wife and I to use in our book. We quote Prof. Ma in a number of different places, including the chapter on Imperial military examinations. A friend of mine, Stan Henning, knows Prof. Ma personally and says that Prof. Ma is not only a great historian but also "good people" in a personal sense. Lion Books here in Taiwan about a year ago released a two volume set of Prof. Ma's research articles.