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Kung Fu Tea

Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

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benjudkins

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: June 18, 2018: MMA, Taijiquan and Bruce Lee

    Introduction   Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News!”  Lots has been happening in the Chinese martial arts community, so its time to see what people have been saying. For new readers, this is a semi-regular feature here... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (22): Wang Ziping and the Strength of the Nation

    Telling a Tale   Brief biographical sketches of Chinese martial artists are some of my favorite posts to write.  I am not sure why, but I find the challenge of reconstructing a very different type of life, or... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (53): Traditional Weapons in China’s 20th Century Militia Movements

  They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  If true this will be a weighty essay.  Yet that was always the thing about Harrison Forman, the renowned photo-journalist, writer and explorer.  As a correspondent he was a double... Continue Reading →

Berlin 1936: Chinese Martial Arts on a Global Stage

      China Picks 2 Women Boxers For Olympics — Four Men Also Chosen to Give Display of Old Chinese Art — Six candidates for the Chinese boxing [sic] for the World Olympiad at Berlin in August were chosen... Continue Reading →

Translating the Sicilian Knife

“If translation is a form of betrayal, then the translator pays their debt by bringing fame to the ethnic culture…It is in translation’s faithless that [Sicily] survives and thrives.  A faithlessness that gives the beloved life — is that not…faithfulness... Continue Reading →

Report: A Martial Arts Studies BBQ and the Power of Local Networks

    On May 27th just under 20 people gathered in Myers Park over the course of an afternoon to celebrate the arrival of summer with fellow students of martial arts studies and martial arts enthusiasts.  Of course it rained,... Continue Reading →

Judo and the Chinese Martial Arts: the View from 1928

  Staging a Global Controversy Origin stories are very often political.  People everywhere intuitively understand this.  If you can pinpoint (or simply construct) the moment of something’s creation you can also attempt to socially frame its subsequent practice in all... Continue Reading →

Lightsaber Combat and the Value of Myth in the Martial Arts

  Solo, the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise, opens around the country tonight.  As such, it is only fitting that I share with readers of Kung Fu Tea my latest article, co-authored with Chad Eisner.  This piece was... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: May 21st, 2018: Kung Fu, Travel and a Summer Reading List

    Introduction   Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News!”  Lots has been happening in the Chinese martial arts community, so its time to see what people have been saying. For new readers, this is a semi-regular feature here... Continue Reading →

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