Kung Fu Tea: Now on Facebook!

You can now follow Kung Fu Tea on Facebook! I had resisted creating a Facebook page as I felt that a traditional blog was a better fit for my format.  As regular readers know most of my posts are short articles, often between five and eight pages.  Then you start adding in the historical illustrations,…

Wing Chun and the Hakka Arts: Is there a connection?

  Categorizing the Martial Arts of Southern China As I have discussed here, there are a number of different ways that one can conceptualize the traditional martial arts of Guangdong province and the Pearl River delta.  One of the more informative sets of distinctions to be made is between the “Hung Mun” and the “Hakka”…

Chinese Archery Resources

Traditional Chinese Archery Resources Yeah, I have been bitten by the bug.  It seems that archery, in all its many forms, is a hot commodity.  Between the “Hunger Games” and “Brave” it has gotten a huge amount of free publicity.  Young women are entering the sport in record numbers.  How many?  I heard an interesting…

“Wing Chun: A Documentary” directed by Jon Braeley.

Empty Mind Films has produced some of the highest quality and most engaging martial arts documentaries seen anywhere in the last few years.  They are a small organization, and as a result they are selective about the projects they take on.  Luckily we seem to be on the same wave length. They have also devoted…

Through a Lens Darkly (3): Chinese Martial Artists in a Local Marketplace

Our image for this week (two of them actually) come from J. A. Hammerton’s encyclopedic People of All Nations (volume 5, circa 1920).  I don’t normally condone cutting up of old books.  I had actually attempted to buy just the bottom picture in an on-line auction, thinking I was getting an original postcard or photo. …

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists: Qiu Jin—the Last Sword-Maiden, Part I.

  Anachronism and Misunderstanding in the Chinese Martial Arts This is the first post in a new occasional series here at “Kung Fu Tea.”  These entries will provide brief biographies, and pose some thoughtful questions, about the lives of China’s martial artists.  Given my research interests a lot of these individuals will be from the…

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: September 10, 2012.

  There have been a number of interesting stories in the news since our last update.  The Washington Post kicks thing off with an interview with Stephen Fung, the director of the soon to be released (in the USA) Steampunk/Kung Fu mash-up, “Tai Chi 0.”  This film is continuing to generate buzz on a scale…

Can Southern Chinese Kung Fu Ever be “Internal?”

Defining Neijia Not knowing any better, one might think that there is a social hierarchy in the Chinese martial arts.  In the world of popular (or folk) styles there are a variety of schools and approaches.  Some of the most famous of these claim, or actually have, an association with the Shaolin Temple.  Yet for…