Where have all the martial artists gone? Should we blame MMA?

Globalization and the Evolution of the Traditional Martial Arts As we have seen in previous posts, the economic and social changes that accompany any era of globalization always creates patterns of winners and losers.  In North America and Europe the traditional Asian fighting arts have been big winners.  They have found a generally receptive and…

Identifying and Collecting the Nepalese Military Kukri.

Introduction: The Traditional Military Kukri. New projects are always a learning experience, and one of the things that I have found most surprising here at Kung Fu Tea has been the persistent popularity of the one post which I wrote on the Nepalese kukri as a modern combat knife.  Perhaps I should have expected this. …

Does Wing Chun need a “spiritual” center? Is it Confucianism?

Spiritual Kung Fu Revisited I recently read something by a somewhat prominent writer on the martial arts that made me sit up and take notice.  The author (who remains nameless as I am about to criticize him) noted that a large number of traditional martial arts have a close association with a spiritual tradition (Buddhism,…