Martial Arts and Community Violence: A Comparative Approach.

Introduction  Earlier this week an unexpected story started to make the rounds of various internet news outlets.  Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao of Timor Leste (East Timor) issued a proclamation banning the practice of Pencak Silat, an indigenous martial art that is wildly popular throughout the region.  The actual news story and press release leave many…

Martial Arts: So What? By Adam D. Frank

***It turns out that the introduction to the last post was a little premature.  We are very fortunate to have received another post for the 2013 Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies.  Adam D. Frank is an Associate Professor in the Honors College of the University of Central Arkansas.  He received his doctorate in Anthropology from…

Towards The Motors of Tradition: A Report from the Field for Kung Fu Tea

By Daniel Mroz, Ph.D., University of Ottawa, Canada   ****I am very happy to introduce the following research report by my friend and colleague, Prof. Daniel Mroz of the University of Ottawa.  He has recently returned from conducting some fieldwork abroad and has agreed to outline his current research agenda for us.  His extensive experience…

The “Grand” Master: A Disenting View by Jon Nielson

****The first leg of my road trip is now complete.  I will not be back in my office for a couple of weeks but at this point I do have intermittent internet access.  One of the things that I found when I opened my Inbox was this review of the “Grandmaster” by my Sifu Jon…