the premier publisher on Asian martial traditions with titles in other subject areas as well
First recognized world-wide for publishing the quarterly Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Via Media Publishing built a reputation for works based on high academic standards and practical experience in the martial traditions. Founded in 1992, the journal was eventually also published in Greek and in Spanish.
In the 1960s through the 1990s, commercial mass-market martial art periodicals were found on magazine stands. In contrast, the primary goal for publishing the Journal of Asian Martial Arts was to provide articles that met scholary standards. Only in this way could people feel that they were reading content based on solid facts obtained through academic research and field experience—actual hands-on combat study. Our authors are scholar-practitioners. Most articles included a list of references at the end for readers to check and follow up with their own research.
Since 2012, after we ceased publishing the journal, Via Media has focused on producing 67 anthologies from the nearly 500 individual journal articles. These anthologies conveniently provide rich collections of writings on specific martial topics. All anthologies published to date are on this website, along with books we’ve published.
In addition to the anthologies, we’ve published a number of books, starting with those by a few pioneers in introducing Asian martial arts to the West. Robert W. Smith authored more than a dozen titles, including Comprehensive Asian Martial Arts that he co-wrote with Donn Draeger. We published his last work, Martial Musings. We also published Tales of the Hermit, a three-volume graphic novel series by Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook, authors known for their previous works Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere and Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan. Via Media represents other writers, including Jan Kauskas (Laoshi: Tai Chi, Teachers, and Pursuit of Principle and Laoshi's Legacy). Publisher Michael DeMarco’s title is Martial Art Essays from Beijing, 1780. Reginald McKissick, D. Parker and A. Rooney produced The Liu Seong Kuntao Broken Mirror System. These new works reflect a growth of understanding Asian martial arts, building off the foundations of the early pioneers. We are also preparing more book projects for future publication.
At Via Media Publishing, we take great pride in our longevity and consistent excellence over the past three decades. We are proud to be an industry leader when it comes to publishing martial arts books and offering a wide range of titles that appeal to practitioners of all levels. Our commitment to quality has been unwavering since day one, so you can trust that when you buy from us, you’re getting the absolute best. Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn the basics or an experienced martial artist searching for fresh perspectives, our books are sure to have something for you.
Other titles focus on topics other than martial, such as the local history of a Pennsylvanian city and an in-depth history of an Italian mountain village. We are happy to announce that upcoming titles deal with world cultures.
We hope the anthologies and books by Via Media will benefit your academic perspective of the Asian martial traditions, as well as assist and inspire your practice for self-defense and health. The specialized non-martial titles prove highly significant to those interested in those subjects. Browse our website today and find the martial arts books that are right for you.