Chinese Martial Studies Resources
Journals and Reference
Electronic Journal of the Martial Arts and Sciences: The only set of peer reviewed journals dedicated to all aspects of martial studies:
Journal of Chinese Martial Studies: A new and wonderful resource, tell your friends:
Journal of Asian Martial Arts (Ceased Distribution in July of 2012).
International Hoplology Society
Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation. What can I say. I am not normally a fan of encyclopedias, but this one is really worth taking a look at. Be prepared to spend the weekend.
People You Should Know
Prof. Paul Bowman: Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. A scholar of the martial arts, globalization and media.
Prof. Scott Buckler: Psychologist and author on Wing Chun.
Prof. Kai Filipiak: Chinese Military Historian at the Oriental Institute of the University of Leipzig.
Prof. Adam D. Frank: Asian Studies, Honors College, University of Central Arkansas. Author of Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man: Understanding Identity Through the Martial Arts (Palgrave, 2006).
Stanley E. Henning, MA: Independent and highly respected Chinese Martial Studies scholar:
Prof. T. J. Hinricks: Historian at Cornell. One of the few Professors offering a course that deals with the martial arts and globalization. Her syllabus for “East Asian Martial Arts” is worth taking a look at.
Prof. Peter Lorge: Historian at Vanderbilt and author of Chinese Martial Arts (Cambridge, 2012).
Prof. Daniel Mroz: Department of Theater at the University of Ottawa. Research interests include the Chinese martial arts in performance and opera.
Prof. Meir Shahar: Author of the most important study of the Shaolin Temple produced to date:
Prof. Douglas Wile: An important pioneer of modern Chinese martial studies who has written extensively on the history and social background of Taijiquan.
Books to Get You Started
Avron Bortez. Gods, Ghosts and Gangsters. Hawai’i University Press 2011.
D. S. Farrer and John Whalen-Bridge. Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge: Asian Traditions in a Transnational World. State University of New York Press. 2011.
Adam D. Frank. Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man: Understanding Identity Through the Martial Arts. Palgrave. 2006.
Kang Gew. Spring and Autumn: The Spring and Autumn of Chinese Martial Arts. Plum Publishing. 1995.
Thomas A. Green and Joseph R. Svinth (ed.) Martial Arts in the Modern World. Praeger. 2003.
John Christopher Hamm. Paper Swordsmen: Jin Yong and the Modern Chinese Martial Arts Novel. University of Hawai’i Press. 2005.
Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo. Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: A Historical Survey. Blue Snake. 2005.
Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo. Jingwu: The School that Transformed Kung Fu. Blue Snake. 2010.
Peter Lorge. Chinese Martial Studies. Cambridge University Press. 2011.
Andrew D. Morris. Marrow of the Nation: A history of sports and physical culture in Republican China. California University Press. 2004.
Meir Shahar. The Shaolin Monastery. University of Hawai’i Press. 2008.
Douglas Wile. Lost T’ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch’ing Dynasty. State University of New York Press. 1996.