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Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

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September 2015

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... 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”... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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  ... Continue Reading →

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