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benjudkins has written 518 posts for Kung Fu Tea

An Opportunity to Document the Indian Martial Arts

    Introduction   Prof. Phillip Zarrilli’s  name will already be familiar to many.  His book, When the Body Becomes All Eyes: Paradigms, Discourses and Practices of Power in Kalarippayattu, a South Indian Martial Art (Oxford UP, 2000) was an important landmark in the development of Martial Arts Studies.  It provided readers with both the first … Continue reading

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: May 22nd, 2017: Wing Chun, Missing Ninjas and the Viral Fight

    Introduction   Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News!”  Its great to be back at the blog.  I am happy to report that the conference in Utah went very well and I had a chance to talk with a number of political scientists about the work that we are doing in Martial Arts Studies … Continue reading

Orientalizing the Orient: Searching for Karate’s Budo Roots in Contemporary Egypt

  Introduction   Greetings!  I am currently on the road for a conference and workshop.  As such, I will be sharing some papers that were presented at the Martial Arts Studies Research Network’s recent conference in Bath.  If you missed the first or second presentation in this series, click here to see the discussion of … Continue reading

Dissemination of Japanese Martial Arts to Korea

  Introduction Greetings!  I am currently on the road for a conference and workshop.  As such, I will be sharing some papers that were presented at the Martial Arts Studies Research Network’s recent conference in Bath.  If you missed the first presentation in this series, click here for the discussion of “Bartitsu and Suffragette Jujitsu … Continue reading

Bartitsu and Suffragette Jujitsu of the Early 20th Century

      Introduction   Greetings!  I am traveling for a conference and workshop where I will attempt to convince a group of political scientists that they should pay attention to Martial Arts Studies. (If you would like to see my presentation click here).  As such, I have arranged something special for Kung Fu Tea … Continue reading

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (19): Cheng Zongyou, Shaolin’s Martial Missionary

    Introduction   Few individuals have influenced our understanding of the martial arts during the late Ming dynasty more than Cheng Zongyou.  His manuals provide historians a glimpse into a world of martial arts practice that is at the same time familiar and strange.  His works describe an environment that is characterized by a … Continue reading

By Popular Demand: “Tradition” vs. “Modernity” in the Chinese Martial Arts

        An Old Story   It is a pattern that we know well.  After a debate about the utility of the traditional martial arts (and what that suggests about the state of the Chinese body politic), things got ugly.  The conversation descended into public taunts amplified by the media.  Students of Taijiquan, … Continue reading

An Introduction to Martial Arts and Public Diplomacy

    ***On May 11th and 12th I will be participating in a Political Science workshop at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah.  While there I will discuss my Kung Fu Diplomacy project.  The actual paper that I am submitting for review is one of my draft chapters from the manuscript.  But I am also … Continue reading

Traditional Chinese Martial Arts and the “YMCA Consensus”

      ***I am very excited to introduce the following guest post by my friend Scott Phillips.  In this essay Scott draws on his extensive study of modern Chinese religious and social history in an attempt to develop a powerful new concept for describing and theorizing the massive reforms of the Chinese martial arts … Continue reading

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: April 24, 2017: Southern Kung Fu, Taijiquan Heritage and Boxing for Survival

    Introduction   Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News!”  Its great to be back at my keyboard after spending the last week and half on other projects.  I managed to finish the draft of my chapter and am looking forward to posting some new material and guest posts over the next few weeks before … Continue reading

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