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May 2014

From the Archives: Taming the Little Dragon – Symbolic Politics and the Translation of Bruce Lee.

  ***Welcome to this weeks exploration of the archives.  My writing/editing project has been progressing well and I am getting closer to announcement time. This last week I found myself revisiting a discussion of Bruce Lee's role in the globalization... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: May 26th, 2014: The Science of the One Inch Punch, Lots of New Books and Muay Boran Makes a Comeback.

  Introduction Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or impact the the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing important... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (13): The Dadao and the Militarization of the Chinese Martial Arts

  ***One of the questions that I have been attempting to tackle in my more recent writing is the degree to which we should be thinking about the "traditional" Chinese martial arts as a quintessentially modern activity.  From the perspective... Continue Reading →

The Problem of Doubt in the Traditional Martial Arts

    Sixt Wetzler. “Myths of the Martial Arts.” JOMEC Journal. Issue 5. June 2014. 15 pages.   Introduction Increasingly a wide range of academic students are contributing to the field of Chinese martial studies. We have seen important work... Continue Reading →

Is the iPhone Killing Kung Fu? Economics and Globalization in Chinese Martial Studies

  ***As I have previously mentioned, I am currently finishing up a major writing project.  As such we will be going back to the archives once each week so that I can dedicate a little more time to the task... Continue Reading →

Inventing Kung Fu

    Benjamin Judkins. 2014. 'Inventing Kung Fu'. JOMEC Journal. June. Issue 5. 26 pages.   I am very happy to announce that the latest edition of the JOMEC Journal has just been released.  This volume, edited by Paul Bowman,... Continue Reading →

From the Archives: Spreading the Gospel of Kung Fu – Print Media and the Popularization of Wing Chun

***For my current writing project I am spending some time reconsidering the spread of Wing Chun onto the global stage.  As part of that effort I have been rereading some of the earliest literature on the art to see exactly... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: May 5th 2014: Wing Chun, Martial Religion and Shaolin Goes Wireless

  Introduction Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or impact the the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing important... Continue Reading →

Bruce Lee, Globalization and the Case of Wing Chun: Why Do Some Martial Arts Grow?

  ***As I mentioned before, I currently need to set aside some additional time to finish up a book project.  For the next few weeks I am going to be taking a second look at a few articles from the... Continue Reading →

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