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Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

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January 2016

Prof. Andrea Molle Discusses the State of American Martial Arts Studies and the New BUDO-lab Research Center

Introduction I am happy to announce that a special guest has agreed to drop by Kung Fu Tea for a visit.  Andrea Molle is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and a Research Associate at the Institute for the Study... Continue Reading →

The Exotic, Feminine and Dangerous: How the “Yellow Peril” Set the Stage for the Cultural Appropriation of the Asian Martial Arts, 1902-1918

  Introduction   The term “Yellow Peril” is something that I do not often see in the martial arts studies literature. Even in research projects tracking the global spread of the traditional fighting systems it is conspicuous by its absence.... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: January 24th, 2016: Ip Man 3, An Exhibit of Antique Swords and Costco Moves into the Wooden Dummy Market

    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 →

Our Fist is Black: Martial Arts, Black Arts, and Black Power in the 1960s and 1970s

***It is my very great pleasure to present the following guest post by Maryam Aziz.  A doctoral student at the University of Michigan, I first had the opportunity to meet her at the 2015 Martial Arts Studies conference at the... Continue Reading →

A Quick Announcement and the Unexpected Role of Secrecy in the Success of the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts

A pair of Japanese Komuso or “Monks of Emptiness.” Original Source: Unknown. Introduction I am currently in the middle of writing a short introduction that I was asked to contribute to a forthcoming volume.  As such we will be revisiting... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: Foreign Attitudes towards Kung Fu in Colonial Hong Kong

  The TCMA as a Perpetual Revival Movement   Kung Fu has an odd relationship with the past. It seems that for the last century (at least) each generation has discovered the beauty of the Chinese martial arts only to... Continue Reading →

Letting ‘Real’ Kung Fu Die: Paradoxes of the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts as Intangible Cultural Heritage

  ...When I asked why he was not more active teaching himself, he answered in a gravelly voice: In my opinion, the world has changed. I never teach my son and grandson. People ask me to teach, but people’s minds... Continue Reading →

Kung Fu Tea Selects the Top Chinese Martial Arts Webpage of 2015

    Introduction   Welcome to our fourth annual discussion of the top webpages in Chinese martial studies. The purpose of this series is to acknowledge some of the individuals who have made great contributions to our understanding of the... Continue Reading →

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