For over thirty years
The library can also use donations of
I’ve been collecting books, journals and footage on
and related subjects. The library, which is housed in Berlin, Germany, contains a good many
treasures and is in need of expansion and organization.
Recently the process of cataloging has begun, with over 500 hundred
English titles having now been inventoried.
Uses for the library
While the library exists primarily as a research resource for my own writing, individuals interested in using the library for other projects are welcome to contact me
to make arrangements. A list of most book items in the library can be found here. We're currently working to include a comprehensive journal and DVD section as well. You can keep up-to-date with library news
as developments take place.
Related subjects Taijiquan
and the internal arts are the main
focus of the collection with over a thousand
books and journals on these subjects in English, Chinese and other languages. Related
subjects include: other internal and external martial arts; qigong
(and kindred health practices), Chinese history, philosophy and folk
literature; daoism and the yijing
SMIAL Wish List
A wish-list of needed materials
with web-links to purchase sites gives potential donors to the library a good sense of what we're looking for. Direct donations of books, DVDs and other items searching for materials creatively and sending them to the library directly. Duplicates will be made available for resale on the SamStore
with proceeds going to the library.
Donors of either library materials or the funds to obtain them, are needed in order to upgrade and round out the selection. Over the years several individuals have provided me with key research materials that have allowed my work to grow and deepen, benefiting the practice of students around the world. Notable examples have included: my first instructor Brien Gallagher
who donated his entire taijiquan and judo collections, my teacher Dr. Yang Jwing Ming
who has given me many YMAA titles and my long-time student and colleague Ed Cooper
who has donated several out-of-print books that are now extremely difficult to find.
Occasionally people decide to divest themselves of their whole taiji
library. In such cases I would like to be contacted and make
arrangements for acquisition. One might ask oneself the question,
‘would this book do more good sitting on my shelf or as part of
As an independent researcher I lack the resources of an
institute supported professor and therefore greatly value the
contributions of individual students, supporters and associates.
Financial contributions toward the library are
also gratefully received and I am offering a deal for certain donation
Financial donations can made through PayPal via the 'donate' button below. Donor names are listed here
or one may remain anonymous if preferred.Duplicates
It is not a problem if the library winds up with duplicates of some titles. These can be offered for resale on the website as another way to help raise funds for the project.
• per $100 donated: One instructional DVD
of your choice.
• per $300 donated: Two complimentary instructional DVDs
of your choice plus a SamSongs
CD of your choice.
per $500 donated: One full set of the Sam Masich Video Classics Collection.
• per $1000 donated: One full set Sam Masich Video Classics Collection
plus all SamSongs
CDs in print.