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Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

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Nationalism, Immigration and Identity: The Gracies and the Making of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 1934–1943

  ***With the ongoing discussion of the very serious COVID-19 situation, it is easy to forget that we just released the ninth issue of Martial Arts Studies.  This open issue is packed with an exceptional variety of full length research... Continue Reading →

Giving Boredom a Chance: A View from New York

    Introduction This is the second essay in our short series examining the ways that the current health crisis has impacted those of us who sit at the intersection of martial arts practice, communities of martial artists, and Martial... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Covid-19 Confessions and Martial Arts Studies

Introduction What follows is the first in a series of guest posts wrestling with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and its impact on martial arts, martial artists and Martial Arts Studies.  Given the dislocation and losses that have been suffered by... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 8 – Lineage, Transmission and Legitimacy

  A Quick COVID-19 Note First off, apologies are in order.  My blogging has been irregular and we have gotten behind with our weekly updates on the "History of East Asian Martial Arts" class being taught by Prof. TJ Hinrichs... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts Studies – Issue 9 Release

  Introduction At a time when practically everything has been "paused," Paul Bowman and I are thrilled to announce that the ninth issue of Martial Arts Studies has just been published on the Cardiff University Press webpage and is now... Continue Reading →

Field Notes: Sticks, Blades and Movement Along the Pacific Rim

  Introduction Michael J. Ryan has has been kind enough to share with us some of his field notes from a recent hoplology project which he had the good fortune to participate in.  The focus of these exchanges, interviews and... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 7 – Buddhism and Martial Arts

Introduction I have noticed a persistent tendency by some to strive to maintain an artificial barrier between the physicality of martial arts practice one the one hand, and the myriad ways it is discussed in literature, film and popular culture... Continue Reading →

Evaluating Swords: A Lost Martial Text from the Han Dynasty

    Introduction No modern civilization enjoys a longer and richer history than China.  Yet accessing it can be a challenge for scholars. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the study of martial arts. The oldest existing Chinese hand... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 6 – China and the Qing Era Martial Literati

    Introduction Welcome to week six of “History of East Asian Martial Arts.”  This series follows the readings being used in Prof. TJ Hinrichs’ undergraduate course of the same name at Cornell University.  This is a great opportunity for... Continue Reading →

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