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Butterfly Swords and Boxing: Exploring a Lost Southern Chinese Martial Arts Training Manual.

The Importance of the “Foreign Language Literature” in Chinese Martial Studies It is very hard to pierce the veil of the mid-19th century and to understand what exactly was happening in the development of the popular martial arts between about 1820 and 1880.  This is particularly true in areas that suffered a great deal of … Continue reading

A Social and Visual History of the Hudiedao (Butterfly Sword) in the Southern Chinese Martial Arts.

    *****An updated and revised edition of this article is now available.  Click here to read more.  Thanks!******   Hudiedao, wu dip do, bat cham do, shuang dao, double short broadswords, butterfly swords……These weapons are known by literally dozens of different names in the various styles and lineages of the southern Chinese martial arts.  … Continue reading

Ip Man and the Prostitute: Female Sexuality as a Weapon in Traditional Chinese Martial Culture.

  Introduction: Masculinity as a Core Value in the Traditional Southern Martial Arts. One of the few facts that everyone seems to “know” about Wing Chun is that the art was created by a female.  Whether this is actually true or not has no bearing on the current discussion.  Instead what is important is that … Continue reading

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: January 16th, 2013: Globalization, Identity and Conflict.

Introduction Welcome to the first installment of “Chinese Martial Arts in the News” of 2013.  For new readers this is a semi-regular roundup of important stories or events in the world of the Chinese martial arts.  In these segments I present and briefly discuss important trends in the martial arts or conversations that the wider … Continue reading

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (4): Sun Lutang’s Unified Theory of the Chinese Martial Arts: Daoist Spirituality, Health and Boxing (Part III).

Sun Lutang and the Field of Chinese Martial Studies This post is the third and final installment of our three part review of the life and contributions of Sun Lutang.  Sun was a master of Xingyi, Bagua and Taiji boxing from Hebei Province who had an important impact on the development of the Chinese Martial … Continue reading

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (4): Sun Lutang–Secrecy, Reform and the Creation of the Modern Martial Arts School (Part II).

  Introduction: Sun Lutang at the Crossroads of Modernity In the first section of our special series on Sun Lutang we presented an outline of the life and career of a key figure in Chinese martial studies.  Sun has made many contributions to the traditional martial arts community.  He is responsible for innovations as diverse … Continue reading

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (4): Sun Lutang and the Invention of the “Traditional” Chinese Martial Arts (Part I).

This is Part One of a three part biographical sketch of Sun Lutang.  Also see Part Two and Part Three. Introduction: Why Sun Lutang? One of the persistent problems that I see in amateur discussions of “Chinese martial studies” is a lack of understanding of how broad the traditional martial arts really were, and the … Continue reading

Kung Fu Tea Selects the Top Chinese Martial Arts Webpage of 2012

Introduction New Years is a great time to reflect on where we have been, as well as where we are going.  As such, we would like to announce our pick for the “Top Chinese Martial Arts Webpage of the Year 2012.”  To be eligible for selection a webpage must have been active in the year … Continue reading

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