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Martin Inn is the founder and director of the Inner Research Institute School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, which moved from Maui to San Francisco in 1972. He is a native of Hawaii who began studying the martial arts at the age of fourteen. After graduating from college he continued his studies in Seattle and Hawaii, then travelled to Taiwan where he worked with several well-known t’ai chi ch’uan practitioners. Upon his return he founded the Inner Research Institute in order to teach the short form of the yang style of t’ai chi ch’uan. Since then he has taught throughout the United States, in Australia, and the Republic of China. With Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo, Robert Amacker, and Susan Foe, he is the co-translator and editor of The Essence of T’ai Chi Ch’uan: The Literary Tradition (North Atlantic Books, 1979) and, with Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo, the co-translator and editor of the forthcoming Thirteen Chapters on Push-Hands by Cheng Man-Ch’ing (North Atlantic Books, 1985).
To talk, as some do, about “making a world without war” when we’d be lucky to have a world without nuclear weapons, is talking hearsay and utopian theory. We can’t just talk peace, we have to be peace, or it’s another kind of bravado. I’d like a world without war; but we’d all settle for a world without wars that kill everything. — Gary Snyder