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Doing Research (7): Dale C. Spencer on Observant Participation and Becoming a Mixed Martial Artist

  Introduction   Welcome to the seventh 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), the second by Daniel Mroz (how to select a school or teacher for research purposes), the third by  Jared Miracle … Continue reading

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: June 27th, 2016: The UFC, Shaolin and Your Summer Reading List

      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 … Continue reading

Feeling the Rhythm in Lion Dancing, the Wooden Dummy and Lightsaber Combat

      A Tricky Step   Darth Nihilus* was grinning as he stripped off his fencing helmet and strode over to the open section of floor where I, and one of his more senior students, had been working on Shii-cho, the first of the seven classical forms of lightsaber combat.  He had agreed to … Continue reading

The Cultural Translation of Wing Chun: Addition, Deletion, Adoption and Distortion

  “In the case of Tai Chi however, the major defining feature of hybridity, the sense of mixture and the equal status of the different cultures involving in the mixture, is absent.  In the eyes of its UK practitioners Tai Chi is not a combination or mixture of Chinese and English bodily/spiritual disciplines.  On the … Continue reading

Now Available: Spring 2016 Issue of Martial Arts Studies – The Invention of Martial Arts

      We are happy to announce that the Spring 2016 Issue Martial Arts Studies is now available, free of charge, to any reader or institution.  This open source, peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal is an imprint of Cardiff University Press.  The articles featured in this issue explore a variety of topics surrounding the “invention … Continue reading

From the Archives: Ming Tales of Female Warriors – Searching for the Origins of Yim Wing Chun and Ng Moy.

  ***We are currently in the final push to prepare and release the second issue of the interdisciplinary journal Martial Arts Studies.  This will be a themed issue examining different aspects of the “invention of the martial arts” in a wide variety of settings and time periods.   Paul Bowman and I are very excited about … Continue reading

Hunting a Tiger with a Kukri

  The reader will probably notice that whatever may be their form, there is a nameless something which designates the country in which they were produced.  No matter whether the weapon has belonged to a rich or a poor man, whether it be plain wood and iron, or studded with jewels and inlaid with gold, … Continue reading

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: June 6th, 2016: Taijiquan, Wing Chun and The Final Master

    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

The Chinese Repeating Crossbow, Double Swords and the “Oriental Obscene”

        Introduction: J. G. Wood and the Popularization of the “Oriental Obscene.”   The following post introduces a few accounts of the Chinese (and other Asian) martial practices taken from a book first published in the United Kingdom during the 1860s.  When discussing sources such as these I find that there is … Continue reading

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