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Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

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December 2017

Kung Fu Tea Selects “The Best” of 2017

  Introduction   Happy New Year!  And welcome to Kung Fu Tea's annual "awards show."  The New Year post is a great time to take a look back and celebrate some of the achievements of the last year.  It is... Continue Reading →

Trends and Stories that Shaped the Chinese Martial Arts in 2017

  This is the time of year when it is only natural to pause and reflect on where we have been and what may be coming next.  2017 has been a busy year in the Chinese martial arts.  Progress has... Continue Reading →

Season’s Greetings!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of Kung Fu Tea’s readers!  Thanks so much for your support and feedback over the last six years.  I think that Santa left me one or two martial arts related items... Continue Reading →

A Brief History of Nostalgia and the Future of the Martial Arts

    That Special Time of Year It must be that time of year again.  December is the season in which Disney unleashes a new Star Wars movie on an eager public, complete with a weaponized marketing campaign. Sitting in... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Martial Arts in the British National Press

  Martial Arts in the British National Press Paul Bowman Cardiff University JOMEC Research Seminar, Cardiff University, 13th December 2017 Introduction This research project looked at stories, items and features about martial arts in the UK national press.[1] The basic... Continue Reading →

Framing Kung Fu in the Information Age

  Algorithms and Hand Combat This essay began as a thought experiment.  After that it evolved into a real experiment.  It is not a terribly scientific exercise, certainly not the sort of thing that involves actual databases and statistical analysis. ... Continue Reading →

Kung Fu Comes to Australia in 1886

  A month ago I was chatting with my friend Joseph Svinth (a prolific author and editor within the field of Martial Arts Studies) over email.  At the time I was still recovering from the last round of conferences and... Continue Reading →

Muay Thai and the Two-Level Game

  Introduction Earlier this morning I was faced with a choice.  Should I write about Nietzsche (and a certain martial art), or Robert Putnam (and an entirely different fighting system).  Its hard to sit down and read the news these... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: December 4th, 2017: China Clamps Down on the Traditional Martial Arts

  Introduction Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News!”  Things have been pretty busy around here for the last couple of months, and we haven't had a news update since September.  Yet lots has been happening in the world of... Continue Reading →

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