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Theorizing Social Structure, Conflict and the Problem of Secrecy in the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts

      Adam Frank Theorizes Lineage Conflict     This post will be reaching most of Kung Fu Tea’s readers the day after many Americans celebrated Thanksgiving. On this particular holiday it is customary to spend a few moments contemplating those things that one has reason to be grateful for. As I was going … Continue reading

Lion Dancing, Youth Violence and the Need for Theory in Chinese Martial Studies

Introduction I would like to begin this week here at Kung Fu Tea by revisiting an essay that I first posted about a year ago.  Last week I wrote a short piece considering the sources of the social distrust that have traditionally followed the Chinese martial arts.  To summarize that piece very briefly, while most … Continue reading

Social Distrust and the Chinese Martial Artist

      Introduction: Kung Fu and Marginality     While writing the recent article on Ark Yuey Wong, I had an opportunity to chat with Charles Russo.  He has been doing research on the history of the Chinese martial arts in the San Francisco bay area, and I hope that we will be hearing … Continue reading

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (14): Ark Yuey Wong—Envisioning the Future of the Chinese Martial Arts

        Ark Yuey Wong in 1965: Opening a New Era in Western Kung Fu       1965 was a pivotal year for the traditional Chinese martial arts in North America. Simply put, it was the moment when everything changed. While a handful of non-Chinese students had been studying these fighting systems … Continue reading

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: November 14th, 2014: Martial Arts Studies, Women in Kung Fu and the Taiping Institute is Back

      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 traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing important events, this column also considers how the Asian hand combat systems are … Continue reading

The New Masters: MMA, Kung Fu and China’s Evolving Martial Culture

      Introduction     Sascha Matuszak is a friend and occasional guest author here at Kung Fu Tea.  Regular readers may remember his report on recent developments in the socioeconomics of Taijiquan.  As a China based journalist he has written a number of stories on the martial arts for publications like VICE’s Fightland, … Continue reading

Chen Fake Fights the Red Spear Bandits: Community Conflict and the Role of the Chinese Martial Arts in Local Governance

      Introduction: Wing Chun Warriors Come to Beijing     The Beijing News and South China Morning Post recently reported on a case of community violence that erupted in Yanjiao, Hebei province.  This area, just 35 km from the center of Beijing, has the misfortune of sitting on the boundaries between the Beijing, Tienjin … Continue reading

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