Mike DeMarco and I both grew up in Erie PA and were trained in the Liu Seong kuntao system of Willem Reeders. Mike and I eventually each found Tai Chi Chuan. We both started a life-long pursuit of this art. I moved to Washington DC and became a student of Robert Smith, while Mike went to Taiwan.
In the early 1990s, I learned that Mike was launching the Journal of Asian Martial Arts. I still have the first issue, which has a first-rate article by Mike on "The Origin & Evolution of Taijiquan." JAMA was different than any other martial arts publication. The quality was extremely high! Mr. Smith was impressed and he wrote several articles for the JAMA. In 1999, Mike published Mr. Smith's last book, Martial Musings.
Mike is a one of the most influential writers and publishers on Asian martial arts and his work will be read for centuries. But we should not forget that he has been teaching Tai Chi for many years and I can personally attest to his ability to teach and motivate students.