What is a lineage? Rethinking our (Dangerous) Relationship with History

  Introduction   Every practicing martial artist knows that the most deadly attack is the one that you did not see coming. A successful ambush is extremely difficult to counter. And this is precisely what makes the subject of “history” so dangerous. So much appears to be revealed, but if we push a little harder,…

On Knowing Your Lineage by Paul Bowman

    Introduction   Our essay for today is a guest-post of sorts, reblogged from Paul Bowman’s always excellent (and aptly named) Martial Arts Studies.   He sent me a link to this post and I have been giving it a fair amount of thought since then.  Readers of Kung Fu Tea, particularly those who are…

What Does Martial Arts Studies Owe the Kung Fu Community?

  “No man can do justice to another’s human total.” -Victor Turner, The Forest of Symbols (1967, p. 150).   Introduction   If culture is understood as a system of interlocking signs, a complex of meanings, beliefs and practices that function as “man’s adaptive mechanism” in an ever changing world, it is hard to ignore…