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Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

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April 2015

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: April 27th, 2015: Swords, Shaolin and Martial Arts Studies

    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... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (15): Fei Ching Po – Professional Gambler and Female Martial Artist in Early 19th Century Guangzhou

  Introduction Stories of skilled female warriors have a long history in China. The legend of the Maiden of Yue illustrates these ancient roots.  Yet it was during the final decades of the Qing dynasty that the female martial artist... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (30): Magic Lanterns and the Asian Martial Arts, 1900 – 1920

    Introduction   When introducing topics like the transnational translation of the martial arts, the construction of popular beliefs about Asian culture through images of violence, or even the reduction of hand combat’s once radical message to yet another... Continue Reading →

Searching for Cheng Man Ching: Nigel Sutton and the Wisdom of Taiji Masters

      Nigel Sutton. The Wisdom of Taiji Masters: Insights into Cheng Man Ching’s Art. Tambuli Media. 2014. 167 pages.     Introduction: Remember a Master of Five Excellences     Zheng Manqing (Cheng Man Ching) may not receive... Continue Reading →

The Problem of the Phoenix Village Boxing Club: Rural Martial Arts in Republic Era Guangdong

    Introduction: Village Life in the Urban Imagination In 1925 Teachers College of Columbia University published the first comprehensive modern sociological study of village life in Southern China. The topic itself was not new. As Virgil K. Ho has... Continue Reading →

Everything about the Chinese Martial Arts, in 1200 Words or Less

  The Assignment   Interested readers will have to wait a little longer for the article promised in the title. A few months ago I was contacted by an editor for a new ABC-CLIO encyclopedia (on popular culture in Asia)... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: April 6th, 2015: Ip Man 3, Books and Global Kung Fu

      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... Continue Reading →

What “Everyone” Knows: Empowerment, Social Competition and Conspiracy Theories in the Martial Arts

      Two Stories Huo Yuanjia is one of the best known and most influential figures in the modern Chinese martial arts. Everyone seems to know his story. This is ironic as very little about his actual life is... Continue Reading →

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