The book was originally released in late 1994 during the Christmas-shopping season, perennially the biggest book-buying time of year.
It sold some 12,500 copies in just six weeks through mainstream bookstores alone, a remarkable short-term sell-through for a genre book. After Harper Collins terminated "The Martial Arts Sourcebook" and returned all publishing and licensing rights to Corcoran, he began updating the book's contents for a revised CD-Rom version.
The author makes no claims, even by mere inclusion, of an art or style's legitimacy.
What appears here is simply a list of what once existed and what exists today. Smith, there were over 400 types of Chinese boxing extent in China's history.
This list includes traditional, nontraditional and contemporary eclectic systems.
In a 1992 magazine article, Sifu Adam Hsu wrote, "The number of kung-fu styles we have in China can go as high as four hundred or as low as two hundred.
This project was still a work-in-progress when in 2002 Corcoran granted martialinfo the rights to publish the following chapter, "Martial Arts and Styles of the World." The following is the most comprehensive list of global martial arts and styles ever published in one book, a total of 1037 styles in 29 countries.
No attempt was made to provide literal translations, definitions or other types of support information since this is to some extent available in other published sources.
The arts and styles appearing here can serve as a checklist for correct spellings and countries of origin.It's also a quick reference source for historians and researchers.