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Martial Arts Studies 2016 Conference Report – Performance, Motivations and Historical Excavation

      Introduction   Earlier this week I returned from a brief trip to Canada and the United Kingdom.  During this time I had the opportunity to deliver a keynote address at the 2nd annual Martial Arts Studies conference held at Cardiff University.  This event, organized and hosted by the indefatigable Prof. Paul Bowman, … Continue reading

Ancient Wisdom Modern Warriors: The (Re)Invention of a Mesoamerican Tradition by George Jennings

Introduction   Greetings!  If all has gone according to plan I am now back in the United States, recovering from jet lag, reviewing my notes from the conference and preparing a report on the events of the last week to share with all of the readers of Kung Fu Tea.  In the mean time, please … Continue reading

Gender, Fighters and Framing on Twitter by Allyson Quinney

  Introduction Greetings from the road!  I am currently wrapping up my trip to the 2016 Martial Arts Studies Conference at Cardiff University and am on my way back to the London.  Given my limited time and internet access we will be once again dipping into the pages of the latest issue of Martial Arts … Continue reading

The Fifty-Two Handblocks Re-framed: the Rehabilitation of a Vernacular Martial Art by Thomas A. Green

Introduction Greetings from the road!  If all has gone according to plan I am currently in the UK, and probably on a train somewhere between London and Cardiff, headed to the 2016 Martial Arts Studies Conference.  Since I will only have limited internet access, and even less time, I have arranged for a number of … Continue reading

Capoeira and Silat: A Comparative Study of Fight Dancing in Brazil and Indonesia by Paul B. Mason

    Introduction   Greetings from the road!  I am currently undertaking some last minute preparations and then heading over to Cardiff University for the 2016 Martial Arts Studies Conference.  I am looking forward to getting together with old friends, making new ones and hearing some great papers.  I am also scheduled to deliver a … Continue reading

Ip Man, the Death of Language and the Roots of Communication

  Introduction   It goes without saying that I should not be writing this post.  On Sunday I will be boarding my flight for the UK and the 2016 Martial Arts Studies Conference at Cardiff University.  I am looking forward to this event, but there are all sorts of other last minute things I should … Continue reading

Martial Mastery and Olympic Glory: A Winning Combination?

  Do you feel that?  Olympic fervor is once again in the air.  As we prepare for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio there has been a distinct uptick of Olympic advertising on the TV.  Athletes whom we have not seen for four years are once again making regular appearances on the news.  Even some … Continue reading

Making Captain America: Martial Arts and the Next Generation

Captain America Thwarted   I spotted a flash of red, white and blue as I looked up from the electronic display mounted on the top of the treadmill.  It was telling me a depressing story of miles left to go.  But the sudden burst of excited kinetic energy suggested that things were about to get … Continue reading

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