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Chinese Martial Arts in the News: August 31, 2015: Masculinity, a Tiger General and the Forgotten Kung Fu Village

    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 portrayed in … Continue reading

From the Archives: Conceptualizing the Asian Martial Arts: Ancient Origins, Social Institutions and Leung Jan’s Wing Chun.

    ***For our Friday post we will be taking a second look at something from the archives.  That was not my original plan.  I actually had a great idea for a post all outlined, but my week turned out to be busier than expected and it has culminated in a pleasant, if not totally … Continue reading

Chi Sao, Ip Man and the Problem of “Dispersed Training” in Wing Chun

    Introduction   Rather than delving into a deeply historical discussion, today’s post is intended to be a personal reflection on the role of Chi Sao, or sticky hands training, in the modern Ip Man lineage Wing Chun. That is not to imply that there will be no history. There will, but I will … Continue reading

“The Professor in the Cage”: Can Gottschall Bring Science to the Study of Violence?

    A Surprise at the Bookstore   A remarkable thing happened on the way to the airport. Knowing that I would be spending a disturbingly large amount of my summer on various airplanes, I decided to make the most of it by getting caught up on some light reading. This called for a visit … Continue reading

Can Donnie Yen Bring Kung Fu (Back) to the Star Wars Universe?

  1977 vs. 1978: A Banner Year for Martial Arts Films   Like all good blog posts dealing with popular culture and kung fu, this one starts by assuming the existence of time travel. In a sense this is what the martial arts have always been about. It can be seen in your average kung … Continue reading

Research Notes: “Advance of the Tigers” through Western Eyes

    Introduction   Tigers have long been a symbol of martial values in Chinese culture. Many martial arts styles make use of tiger-based symbolism. This symbolism may reflect the tiger’s long association with the imperial military. Warrior figures wearing tiger skins or hoods are attested in Chinese art from at least the time of … Continue reading

Discrepancy in Literacy and Spectatorship: Jet Li – Chinese Masculinity and Transnational Film Stardom by Sabrina Qiong Yu

Here is the latest essay from the Martial Arts Studies journal homepage. Jet Li fans may find this to be especially interesting!

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: August 10 2015: Trouble at Shaolin, the Philosophy of the Martial Arts and Meeting the Real Mr. Miyagi

  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 portrayed in the … Continue reading

Guest Post: Grappling with History – Martial Arts in Classical Hollywood Cinema

      Introduction   Upon the gracious invitation from Dr. Judkins, I thought about what I could add to a historical perspective on the martial arts. After considering various topic ideas, I settled on the topic of martial arts in the context of American cinema, in particular the classical Hollywood cinema. In academic film … Continue reading

Stephen Chan Discusses the Life of Chan Wong Wah Yue: Swordswoman, Militia Member and Grandmother

    Introduction   Within the field of International Relations Stephen Chan (OBE) needs no introduction.  He is a Professor of Global Politics in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. He also served as a diplomat and was involved with several important initiatives in Africa, helping to pioneer … Continue reading

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