Sugong: Exploring a Shaolin Kung Fu Tradition

  ***As I mentioned last week I have received some good news regarding my manuscript on the social history of Wing Chun and the Southern Chinese martial arts.  Unfortunately that means that I need to free up some additional time in the short run to dedicate to that project.  So each week I am going…

Cheung Lai Chuen, Creator of Pak Mei (White Eyebrow)

But First An Announcement I have received some very exciting news regarding my manuscript on the social history of Wing Chun and the southern Chinese martial arts.  Hopefully I will be making a more specific announcement about that in the next several weeks.  Unfortunately in the interim I need to be dedicating some serious time…

The 19th Century Hudiedao (Butterfly Sword) on Land and Sea

  Introduction Understanding the actual history and use of hudiedao (or Butterfly Swords) reflects the challenges faced by students of martial studies more generally. These short paired swords, with their distinctive D-shaped hand guards, are one of the most commonly seen weapons in the southern Chinese martial arts. Wing Chun, Choy Li Fut, Hung Gar,…

Zhang Sanfeng: Political Ideology, Myth Making and the Great Taijiquan Debate

  “For sheer contentiousness, the Zhang Sanfeng case can only be compared to the issue of racism, abortion and homosexuality in American culture. At the dawn of the 21st century, the pendulum has once again swung towards the myth-makers. Western practitioners of taijiquan, with their monotheistic, atheistic, or “only-begotten son” backgrounds are apt to view…