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September 2014

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: September 29th, 2014: Protests in Hong Kong, Cotton Boxing in Shanghai and Trouble at Shaolin

  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 affect the the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing... Continue Reading →

1928: The Danger of Telling a Single Story about the Chinese Martial Arts

        1928: What Happened in the World of Kung Fu?   -The Central Guoshu Institute was established by the Nationalist (KMT) government and subsequently held its first national martial arts tournament in Beijing.   -Cheung Lai Chuen... Continue Reading →

The Red Spear Society: Origins of a Northern Chinese Martial Arts Uprising

    Introducing the Red Spear Movement     There can be no doubt that Chinese martial studies has made substantial strides in the last decade. Still, to understand the nature and direction of this research area it is important... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (26): Taking a Second Look at “A Group of Chinese Boxers”

    A Second Look at a Rare Photograph   It would be an understatement to say that period photographs of Qing-era martial arts activities are rare.  For a variety of reasons these themes were less popular with both western... Continue Reading →

Kung Fu is Dead, Long Live Kung Fu: The Martial Arts as Voluntary Associations in 20th Century Guangzhou

  Introduction   Daniel M. Amos is one of the less appreciated, but more important, voices in the academic study of the southern Chinese martial arts. In 1983 he deposited a doctoral dissertation at the University of California, Los Angeles,... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: September 8th, 2014: Memory and Innovation in the Traditional Fighting Arts

  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 affect the the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing... Continue Reading →

Researching the Martial Arts with Jonathan Bluestein

      Introduction: Two Types of “Martial Arts Books”   For supposedly oral traditions, the Asian martial arts have generated a surprising number of books. Broadly speaking these fall into two separate categories. The first are book “of” martial... Continue Reading →

Martial Studies in Latin-America

100 Lances y Quites 1906
100 lances de jiu-jitsu. (Ataques y quites)” by Émile André (Garcia, 2007). Source: William Acevedo

 

***A few months ago I had the opportunity to exchange emails with William Acevedo regarding his various research projects. As we discussed the growing interest in martial arts studies around the globe we decided that it would be very interesting to have a short article that addressed the state of the Spanish language literature on Chinese martial studies. Luckily William is perfectly situated to write on this topic and he has recently posted his thoughts on the subject to his blog “Zhongguo Wu Xue” (which you should be following). Much of the discussion of this subject tends to revolve around the English and Chinese language literatures, but its important to remember that contributions are also being made in languages like Spanish, French, Japanese and German. Hopefully in the following months we can find out more about the pace of academic discovery in these other areas as well. Enjoy***

Zhongguo Wu Xue

“El hijo del Li Yuan, Li Shimin 李世民(el segundo emperador de la Dinastía Tang) quedó aprisionado en Luoyang. Para salvar a su hijo Li Shimin, Li Yuan buscó la ayuda del Monasterio Shaolin para reprimir la revuelta dirigida por Wang Shichong 王世充y rescatar a su hijo. El abad del monasterio Shaolin Zhi Cao y doce monjes más armados con palos dirigieron un ataque sorpresa contra las tropas de Wang Shichong creando la confusión entre los rebeldes y capturando al sobrino del General Wang, Wang Renze. Finalmente Wang Shicong se entregó a si mismo…” (Tombolato, 2014).

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The son of Li Yuan, Li Shimin 李世民(the second Emperor of the Tang dynasty) was trapped in Luoyang. To save his son Li Shimin, Li Yuan sought the help of the Shaolin monastery to repress the revolt led by Wang Shichong 王世充 and rescue his son. The Abbot of the Shaolin monastery Zhi Cao…

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