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A Year in the Chinese Martial Arts: The Stories and Events that Shaped 2014 and a note of Congratulations

      Introduction   New Years is a good time to sit back and reflect on recent accomplishments and events.  2014 has been a big year for the field of Chinese martial studies.  We have made progress in some areas, but there is still room for growth in others.  Likewise we have seen quite … Continue reading

Season’s Greetings!

    Happy Holidays!   Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of Kung Fu Tea’s readers.  Thanks so much for your support and feedback over the last year.  I think that my friend Bernard, the Kung Fu Elf, left one or two things under the tree for me.  Hopefully he did the … Continue reading

Secrecy: A Critical Ingredient in the Ongoing Evolution of the Traditional Martial Arts

        Introduction: Secrecy in an Era of Global Markets   It is hard to think of any topic that has more deeply marked the Chinese martial arts than secrecy. Countless students have been drawn to these systems by the search for mysterious techniques of revitalized health, self-actualization and combat prowess. Movies and … Continue reading

Dr. Daniel Amos Discusses Marginality, Martial Arts Studies and the Modern Development of Southern Chinese Kung Fu

     Introduction We are very happy that Dr. Daniel M. Amos has been able to take the time to visit Kung Fu Tea.  In the following interview he discusses his research and shares some of his many insights on the modern development of the Southern Chinese Martial Arts.  In 1983 Amos completed a doctoral … Continue reading

The Tao of Tom and Jerry: Krug on the Appropriation of the Asian Martial Arts in Western Culture

The Mouse Always Wins In 1962 American theater audiences were treated to the sight of a mouse named “Jerry” repeatedly besting a cat named “Tom” through his mastery of Japanese Judo. Tom is more of a force of nature than a mere cat. He seems to embody a certain stubborn, irrational, aggression that is deeply … Continue reading

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: December 8th, 2014: Zhang Sanfeng, Viral Wushu and Ip Man comes to the UK

        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 … Continue reading

Alex Channon on the “Undoing” of Gender in Mixed-Sex Martial Arts Training

      Introduction: Is the Gendering of Practice Inevitable?     In the early 1990s I became a practitioner of a discipline that requires years of careful study and practice to master. It has its major schools, famous instructors and glossy trade magazines. The art is said to have originated at some point in … Continue reading

2014 Christmas Shopping List: Martial Arts Equipment and Long Reads to Get you Through the Winter Months.

      Introduction     Another year has come and gone, yet it seems that all of the eternal questions remain.  What is the meaning of life?   Is beauty purely subjective?  How could it have possibly have dumped three feet of snow in the last three hours?  What am I going to get that … Continue reading

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