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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 of the Chinese martial arts.  As such I thought that it would be appropriate to … 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 events, this column also considers how the Asian hand combat systems are portrayed in the … 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 of the average practitioner that might not make a lot of sense.  Yet if you … 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 being done within the historical, anthropological and sociological areas. Interdisciplinary projects are also becoming common. … 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 at hand.  In each case I am selecting an essay on a topic similar to … 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, is dedicated to the newly emerging field of martial studies.  It also includes a paper … 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 how it was portrayed, and how that fit into the later narratives that have emerged.  … 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 events, this column also considers how the Asian hand combat systems are portrayed in the … 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 archives.  To keep things interesting I am selecting posts that are thematically connected to what … Continue reading

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