After Action Report on the First Annual Martial Arts Studies Conference

  Introduction: Pilgrimage in the Martial Arts   My friends can attest that I keep threatening to write a paper on the growth of “pilgrimage” in the modern martial arts community. In the current era this often takes the form of individuals traveling to the “homeland” (real or imagined) of their respective styles to experience…

Guest Post: Jose Figueroa: From Bronx B-boy to Chen Style Master

  Introduction New York City is a place that gets under your skin.  Live there long enough and you will always be up for a good New York story.  I had a chance to explore the city while I was in graduate school at Columbia, but unfortunately I believed that I didn’t have the time…

Guest Post: Kung Fu and the China Dream

  Introduction I am currently pulling my keynote together for next week’s Martial Arts Studies conference which will be held at Cardiff University in the UK. (There is still time to register if you are in the area).  My address is titled “Imagining Ip Man: Globalization and Growth of Wing Chun Kung Fu.” It is…