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Through a Lens Darkly (33): Two Views of Chinese Fencing (and a Lesson in Dating Postcards)

    Introduction   While many of the vintage images introduced in this series have focused on martial themes, characters or weapons, few of them have attempted to reveal scenes of martial artists simply practicing their craft.  And the vast majority of early postcards and photos of Chinese boxers which do exist focus on marketplace … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: September 21, 2015: Culture Festivals, Kung Fu Abroad and Reading Along with the Little Dragon

    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

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Through a Lens Darkly (32): The Chinese Police and the Romance of the Sword

    The Creation of Beijing’s Police   Given that this is a holiday weekend, what follows is brief but topical. Labor Day is an ideal time to look back and remember some of the hard working individuals who helped to both promote the practice of the martial arts and contributed to the construction of … Continue reading

Costly Signals, Credible Threats and the Problem of Reality in the Chinese Martial Arts

      “War is a continuation of politics with other means” -Carl von Clausewitz, On War “A sabre,” said my teacher, Szabo,”is a tool for changing your opponent’s mind.” -“The Sabre’s Edge” by Rogan Winter     Introduction   No topic seems to have grabbed the attention of so many martial arts thinkers, reformers … Continue reading

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