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Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

Mixed Martial Arts in Shanghai, 1925

    I recently had a chance to explore and organize a large database of vintage newspaper articles. This material was gathered as part of my on-going “Kung Fu Diplomacy” project. Yet every so often I ran across news items... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Figures Who Shaped the Asian Martial Arts – Part II

  Welcome!  This is the second (and concluding) section of my list of the top ten figures who helped to shape the development and spread of the modern Asian martial arts.  Putting such a list together is easy, but once... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Figures Who Shaped the Asian Martial Arts – Part I

  Introduction As the saying goes, “amateurs borrow, professionals steal.” That adage certainly holds true in the world of blogging. Of course the real key to the exercise (both on-line and in life) is to focus on “incremental improvements.” That... Continue Reading →

Kung Fu in the Snow

  Winter is Coming There are many attributes that make Cornell unique among America’s top universities. One could choose to focus on its philosophy of undergraduate education, beautiful setting or its long and pioneering history of Asian studies. All of... Continue Reading →

Capoeira as Graceful Resistance

  ***I am happy to announce that our first substantive essay for 2018 will be a guest post by Lauren Miller Griffith.  While this is Prof. Griffith's first appearance on Kung Fu Tea she is already  leaving her mark on... Continue Reading →

Kung Fu Tea Selects “The Best” of 2017

  Introduction   Happy New Year!  And welcome to Kung Fu Tea's annual "awards show."  The New Year post is a great time to take a look back and celebrate some of the achievements of the last year.  It is... Continue Reading →

Trends and Stories that Shaped the Chinese Martial Arts in 2017

  This is the time of year when it is only natural to pause and reflect on where we have been and what may be coming next.  2017 has been a busy year in the Chinese martial arts.  Progress has... Continue Reading →

Season’s Greetings!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of Kung Fu Tea’s readers!  Thanks so much for your support and feedback over the last six years.  I think that Santa left me one or two martial arts related items... Continue Reading →

A Brief History of Nostalgia and the Future of the Martial Arts

    That Special Time of Year It must be that time of year again.  December is the season in which Disney unleashes a new Star Wars movie on an eager public, complete with a weaponized marketing campaign. Sitting in... Continue Reading →

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