A Guest Appearance for Kung Fu Tea
I recently had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Craig Kiessling and Dave Jones. These two gentlemen are the hosts of the “Hiyaa Martial Arts Podcast.” They graciously invited me to do an interview for their show discussing “Kung Fu Tea” and the current state of Chinese martial studies. It looks like the post-production work is finished and the final product is ready for your listening pleasure. Head on over and check it out!
The interview turned out to be quite far reaching. We touched on a number of topics including (but not limited to) origin myths, the dadao, my recent post looking at hand combat styles as “brands,” the importance of researching Republic era boxing history and the current state of the academic study of the Chinese martial arts. We also spent quite a bit of time discussing how this academic body of knowledge intersects with the more traditional training hall experience.
Craig and Dave were both great to work with. I thought they asked some good, very thoughtful, questions. You will want to check out a number of their other programs as well. They produce a great product and have interviewed many interesting and important people. Their catalog of past shows contains a lot of information that students of the Chinese martial arts will like. I know that since discovering them I have spent more than one afternoon listening to my headphones when I should have been typing. I suspect that some of my readers will as well.