Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qigong in the Wing Chun Community

Martial Arts and Globalization in late 19th and early 20th century China. In my previous post I proposed a framework for using globalization and the liberalization of China’s economy in the 1980s and 1990s to understand the progressive “medicalization” of the martial arts.  Traditionally fighting styles were viewed as a job skill for those who…

Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Martial Arts: Another Approach to Globalization and Chinese Martial Studies.

Why Does Chinese Martial Studies Need Globalization? In a previous post I asked whether “globalization,” understood as the increased movement of capital, goods, people and ideas through networks divorced from the traditional state, is having an impact on the traditional Chinese martial arts.  Globalization is a large enough subject that it is difficult to generalize…

Through a Lens Darkly (5): Early Chinese-American Boxers.

   How did Boxing Influence the Adoption of the Martial Arts in America? The history of the Chinese fighting arts in America is relatively brief and poorly understood.  While some studies of individual schools and teachers exist, I have never seen an attempt to paint a comprehensive picture of the evolution of the Chinese hand…

Alex Gillis Takes on a “Killing Art.”

Alex Gillis.  A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do.  Ontario: ECW Press. 2011 (First published in 2008).  246 pages.  $16.95 USD. As I mentioned here I am assembling a reading list for an undergraduate course on the Asian martial arts.  My preference would be to teach it in a political science department…

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (2): Cheung Lai Chuen (pt. II)

  Introduction This is the second part of our biographical sketch of Cheung Lai Chuen.  The purpose of the “Lives of the Chinese Martial Artists” series is to better understand the diversity of life pathways and variety of personal experiences seen among China’s traditional hand combat masters.  Part One of this series can be seen…