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A Year in the Chinese Martial Arts: The Events and Stories that Shaped 2012, Part II

Introduction The New Years holiday is a great time to take a moment to reflect on where we have been in the last year.  After all, the first step in making a useful resolution is to engage in a little self-reflection.  While this is certainly true for individuals, the same basic principle also holds true … Continue reading

A Year in the Chinese Martial Arts: The Events and Stories that Shaped 2012, Part I

Introduction New Years is upon us and that means that it is time to sit back and reflect on the year’s accomplishments and events.  This is particularly important in the martial arts as only through studying our actions and responses can we improve upon them.  Nearly all schools of hand combat are built on a … Continue reading

Seasons 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 year.  I think that my friend Bernard, the Kung Fu Elf, left one or two things under the tree for me.  Hopefully I will be able to keep your updated … Continue reading

2012 Christmas Shopping List: New Toys and Long Reads to Get you Through the Winter Months.

  Meet Bernard, the Kung Fu Elf With only a week left until Christmas it is time to finish off that holiday shopping list.  Martial artists are hard to shop for and students of martial studies doubly so.  Who knows what those people are reading this week.  The following list might give you some last … Continue reading

Forgetting about the Gun: Firearms and the Development of the Southern Chinese Martial Arts.

Giving Up the Gun: Revisiting a Classic Argument. In 1979 a Dartmouth English Professor named Neol Perrin wrote one of the more popular and more widely read books on the history of the martial arts.  It was titled Giving Up the Gun: Japan’s Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879.  While a non-specialist, and more interested in … Continue reading

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: December 10th, 2012: A New Wing Chun Documentary and the Past and Future of the Mixed Martial Arts.

In this semi-regular segment Kung Fu Tea attempts to update readers about interesting martial arts stories in the news that you may have missed.  If you know of a story related to the Chinese martial arts that is currently developing or should be covered, drop me a line via email or leave a comment bellow.  … Continue reading

The Book Club: The Shaolin Monastery by Meir Shahar, Chapters 5-Conclusion: Unarmed Combat in the Ming and Qing dynasties.

  Introduction This is the third and final installment of our in-depth review of Meir Shahar’s groundbreaking work, the Shaolin Temple.  Today we will be looking at the evolution of unarmed boxing in late Ming and Qing era China.  I suspect that this is the critical material that most readers have been waiting for.  After … Continue reading

Ip Man and the Roots of Wing Chun’s “Multiple Attacker” Principle, Part 2.

Introduction and Review This is the second part of an extended article on Ip Man’s career in law enforcement, and the subsequent emphasis on “ambush” and “multiple attacker” scenarios that later developed in his lineage of Wing Chun.  See here for the first part of this post.  As always the best way to approach these … Continue reading

Ip Man and the Roots of Wing Chun’s “Multiple Attacker” Principle, Part 1.

Law Enforcement and the Martial Arts in Republican China The intersection between law enforcement and the development of the modern Chinese martial arts is a fascinating topic that deserves a lot more attention than it normally gets.  In many ways the police are an ideal place to look when you are trying to capture recent … Continue reading

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