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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 of Religion, Economics, and Society at Chapman University.  He is also the director of Budo-lab, … 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. This has always seemed odd. When I started to more actively research this topic a … 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 important events, this column also considers how the Asian hand combat systems are portrayed in … 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 University of Cardiff where she was presenting some of her research.  Her topic is an … 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 a post from the archives which asks how secrecy, often criticized as the bane of … 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 realize that they are quickly “dying out,” and will likely succeed in doing so unless … 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 nowdays are wicked…. A real master can only teach real kung fu to his disciple … 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 traditional martial arts in the last year. We also hope that visitors who are not … Continue reading

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