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Through a Lens Darkly (37): Demonstrating the Heroic Spear, Saber and Double Tiger Head Hook Swords

Introduction   Ephemera, such as postcards, tourist snapshots and newspaper accounts are an important (if often overlooked) source of information regarding the traditional Chinese martial arts. While a number of printed manuals and detailed philosophical discussions do exist from the period of the 1920s onward, I am always surprised at how difficult it is to … Continue reading

Doing Research (3): It’s My Way or the Wu Wei – A Note of Advice for Novice Field Researchers

  Introduction   Welcome to the third entry in our series of guest posts titled “Doing Research.”  If you missed the first essay by D. S. Farrer (which provides a global overview of the subject), or the second by Daniel Mroz (how to select a school or teacher for research purposes), be sure to check … Continue reading

Approaching the “Armed Martial Arts of Japan”: Thoughts on Comparison, Theory and Progress in Martial Arts Studies

  Introduction   Opportunities come in many forms, even in the guise of a sore throat. Since I have been feeling a bit under the weather I decided to use the next few days to catch up on my reading. While it is annoying to be away from the gym, any student can attest that … Continue reading

Doing Research (2): Choosing a School – Affinity, Danger and Compliance by Daniel Mroz

  Introduction   Welcome to the second entry in our series of guest posts titled “Doing Research.”  If you missed the first essay by D. S. Farrer (which provides a global overview of the subject) be sure to click here. Compared to other fields of scholarly inquiry, Martial Arts Studies has a distinctly democratic flavor.  … Continue reading

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: February 15th, 2015: The Business of Kung Fu, Gender in Martial Arts Studies and Wudang Meets Wu Tang

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 the mainstream media. … Continue reading

Conference Report: Gender, Martial Arts, Youth Violence and Social Transformation

  Conference Report:  Martial Arts Studies – Gender Issues in Theory and Practice Brighton University (UK), 5th February 2016   Introduction On February 5th Brighton University sponsored the first in a series of specialized conferences and meetings funded by the Martial Arts Studies Research Network (MASRN). The title of the event was “Martial Arts Studies … Continue reading

Through a Lens Darkly (36): Swords, Lions and the Consumption of Chinese Culture

  Introduction Happy Lunar New Year!  In honor of the holiday I decided to publish a couple of posts that focused on the important role that the traditional martial arts, and martial values more generally, have played in the celebration of this holiday.  On Friday we looked at a reconstruction of a specific Dragon Dance … Continue reading

Martial Values, Social Transformation and the Tu Village Dragon Dance

  Introduction The Spring Festival (or “Chinese New Year”) is now upon us. The most important holiday of the Chinese social calendar, this time of year is also significant for students of martial arts studies. It is a busy time for Lion, Qilin and Dragon Dance associations, as well as the martial arts schools and … Continue reading

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