New “Top Picks”: The Best of Kung Fu Tea!

      Introduction     I have been meaning to pull together an updated list of “Top Picks” for a couple of months.  Somehow I could never find the time.  But with about 290 posts (most of which are longer essays) there is a lot of material sitting in the archives here at Kung…

Yim Wing Chun and the “Primitive Passions” of Southern Kung Fu

    Introduction     We all know the story (and those who do not may want to quickly review the most popular version of it here). With the destruction of the Shaolin Temple at the hands of a fearful imperial military and a corrupt bureaucracy, China’s martial arts heritage (skills that had come to…

Martial Arts Studies: Answering the “So what?” question

    “We now come to the most critical yet most prickly of all questions: does any of this matter beyond the martial arts and combat sports, symbolically rich but socially marginal activities after all…The greatest challenge that the fighting scholars leave untackled in this book is that of extending the teachings of their carnal…