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Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

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Brian Kennedy and the Development of Chinese Martial Studies

  The Chinese martial studies community suffered a great loss with the recent passing of Brian Kennedy (1958-2019) at the age of 61.  Any such event is a tragedy, and this was all the more unexpected as Brian was active... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (61): The Shifting Social and Economic Value of Traditional Chinese Weapons

    One of the most notable trends over the last decade has been the rapid appreciation of prices for antique Chinese weapons.  There is more variability in markets for antique objects than one might think.  Simply being rare was... Continue Reading →

Doing Research (11): Apprenticeship as Method in Martial Arts Studies

  Welcome to the eleventh entry in our ongling series of 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... Continue Reading →

The Good, Bad and Ugly in Martial Arts and Combat Sports

  This post started life as a book review, but as I thought about what I actually wanted to say it quickly became a different sort of essay.  It was inspired by Janet O’Shea’s 2019 Oxford UP Press, Risk, Failure,... Continue Reading →

Rules of Appropriateness, in Martial Arts and Politics

  Fragmentation and Unification Recently I had a chance to catch up with one of my old Kung Fu training brothers. We had a great time training at the same Wing Chun studio.  That was years ago.  Then I left Salt... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: August 19, 2019: Hong Kong, Bruce Lee and New Books!

  Introduction Its been a long hot month with lots of Chinese martial arts news.  That means that now (before the start of the new semester) is the perfect time to get caught up on recent events! For new readers,... Continue Reading →

Three Thoughts on Hong Kong, Social Dislocation and the Fog of War

  “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” Niels Bohr (among others).     With Trepidation I would like to outline three quick points about the current situation in Hong Kong, particularly as it relates to (and sometimes sidesteps)... Continue Reading →

Debating Rules and Standards in the Martial Arts

  Why do the rules matter? Recently I was invited to help organize a local martial arts gathering and tournament.  I have never done anything like this before (most of my organizational expertise is concentrated in the academic realm) but... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: A Japanese Martial Arts Demonstration

  It will come as no surprise to regular readers that I am a fan of late 19th and early 20th century martial arts ephemera.  Postcards, being visual, cheap and easily mailed around the globe, were one vector by which... Continue Reading →

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