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Digital Sparring: A History of Martial Arts in Video Games by Rob Argent

Video games are an important force in modern popular culture.  I remember talking to new students when I was teaching introductory Wing Chun classes for my Sifu back in Salt Lake.  I would often ask students what got them interested in the martial arts and was surprised to hear a number of individuals mention video … Continue reading

Bridges and Big Knives: The Use of the “Big Knife” saber in the Chinese Republican Army

By Brian L. Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo Brian L. Kennedy has been kind enough to kick off our “2013 Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies” with the following guest post.  In this article he revisits some of his previous research on the Dadao or “Big Knife” in the Chinese Republican Army.  I am particularly happy … Continue reading

Welcome to Kung Fu Tea’s 2013 Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies

  In honor of Kung Fu Tea’s 100,000th page view I would like to welcome you to the 2013 Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies. I Over the next three weeks a variety of students and scholars will be contributing guest posts explaining their own research or presenting their thoughts on the growing field of … Continue reading

The Book Club: Chinese Archery by Stephen Selby, Part II: Popular Texts, Qigong and the Military Exams.

  This is the second section of our two part discussion of Chinese Archery (2000, Hong Kong University Press) by Stephen Selby.  In part one we examined the first half of his book which covered the earliest written records of archery in China until the Tang dynasty.  The discussion will probably make the most sense … Continue reading

The Book Club: Chinese Archery by Stephen Selby: A critical text for all students of Chinese martial studies.

The Book Club is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we read and discuss a major work in the field of Chinese martial studies.  The basic idea is to replicate the sort of discussion that you might have in an upper level undergraduate class.  We want to look at the author’s … Continue reading

Spreading the Gospel of Kung Fu: Print Media and the Popularization of Wing Chun (Part III).

  Introduction: Wing Chun Enters its Esoteric Phase This is the third and final installment of our short series on the earliest printed publications to discuss Wing Chun in English.  These books and articles range in date from 1968 to 1976 and are actually some of the oldest published material on the art in any … Continue reading

Leung Kai’s Ghost Story: Remembering a Modern Choy Li Fut Master.

Introduction Once again I find myself staying up late to write my Monday morning post.  I had originally planned on doing a news update, but given the hour I thought a ghost story might actually be more appropriate.  The following post is something of a departure from what I normally offer, but I think that … Continue reading

Spreading the Gospel of Kung Fu: Print Media and the Popularization of Wing Chun (Part II)

  Introduction In the first part of this series (which you can read here) we discussed the earliest works on the Chinese martial arts to appear in English, and looked at two sources on Wing Chun.  The first was an article in a 1968 edition of Black Belt Magazine (the publication of record for the … Continue reading

Through a Lens Darkly (15): How Fr. Michel de Maynard Captured Chinese Martial Culture in a Moment of Transition (1906-1912).

Introduction The old adage states that a picture is worth a thousand words.  After having reviewed hundreds of potential images for this series of posts, and writing over a dozen entries, I can now state with some certainty that this is not always the case.  Some pictures can inspire a great deal of critical or … Continue reading

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (8): Gu Ruzhang-Northern Shaolin Master and Southward Bound Tiger.

Introduction Gu Ruzhang is one of the best known martial artists of the Republic of China era.  He is remembered today as a pioneer who helped to bring Northern Shaolin to Southern China.  Most accounts of his illustrious career start with his appearance at the first National Guoshu Exam held in 1928. At the conclusion … Continue reading

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