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benjudkins has written 482 posts for Kung Fu Tea

Now Available: Winter 2016 Issue of Martial Arts Studies

    We are happy to announce that the Winter 2016 Issue of Martial Arts Studies is now available, free of charge, to any reader or institution.  This open source, peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal is an imprint of Cardiff University Press. Simply click the cover image, or this link, to download a complete copy.  You … Continue reading

Doing Research (9): The Perils and Pitfalls of Performance Ethnography in the Martial Arts

    Introduction We are fortunate to be able to share the following guest post as part of our ongoing series on fieldwork in martial arts studies.  This essay, by D. S. Farrer, outlines a number of issues and pitfalls that young ethnographers should consider as they embark on their projects. Readers may recall that … Continue reading

Through a Lens Darkly (42): Chinese Martial Arts in the University, 1928

      Introduction   At the end of the last class at the “Central Martial Arts Academy” (the location where I am conducing my current research on lightsaber combat and the “hyper-real martial arts”) we all gathered for an impromptu class photo.  Digital technology makes this a quick and easy process, especially compared to … Continue reading

Chinese and European Fight Books: The Value of a Comparative Approach

    Introduction   The Acta Periodica Duellatorum, an academic journal dedicated to the study of the Western martial arts (edited by Daniel Jaquet), has just released it latest issue.  At least two of these articles will be of interest to readers of Kung Fu Tea and are highly recommended.  The first, by Sixt Wetzler, … Continue reading

Kung Fu Tea Selects the “Best” Book of 2016 – And Suggests a Reading List for 2017

      Looking Forward by Looking Back   Admittedly 2016 has been a rough year for many people.  Yet it has been a great year for those interested in serious, thoughtful and even scholarly writing on the martial arts.  It seems clear that publishers have been gearing up to meet the sustained growth in … Continue reading

A Year in the Chinese Martial Arts: How the Chinese Martial Arts Amazed and Surprised Us in 2016

      Happy New Year! New Years is always a good time to sit back and reflect on recent events.  Of course it is hard not to note that public opinion on 2016 (at least here in the United States) has been decidedly mixed.  Still, it has been an interesting year for the Chinese … Continue reading

Seasons Greetings!

Happy Holidays!   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 five years.  I think that Santa left me one or two martial arts related items under the tree.  Hopefully he did the same for you. We will … Continue reading

A Sneak Peek

  Introduction Paul Bowman, Kyle Barrowman and I have all been hard at work over the last couple of weeks putting the finishing touches on Issue 3 of the interdisciplinary journal, Martial Arts Studies.  With seven research articles and a number of book reviews there is sure to be something of interest for all of … Continue reading

Another Look at a “Young Boxer” – Martial Arts and National Humiliation in Early 20th Century China

    Another Look at a “Young Boxer” – Martial Arts and National Humiliation in Early 20th Century China By Benjamin Judkins and Doug Wile     Introduction   Earlier this year I published an image of a “Young Boxer” found on a vintage postcard, mailed between Tianjin and Beijing in 1909.  This was used … Continue reading

Research Notes: Visiting the National Martial Arts Examination in Nanking, 1933

    Introduction   Certain events stand out in any historical treatment of the Chinese martial arts.  The Boxer Uprising, the rapid popularization of Taijiquan and creation of the Jingwu Association in Shanghai all come to mind.  Yet any discussion of events in the 1930s is dominated by the Nationalist (KMT) backed Guoshu (or “National … Continue reading

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