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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 →

An Overview of Ma Shi Tong Bei Training

  ***Greetings.  I am currently traveling for a duanbing ("short weapon," e.g., Chinese competitive fencing) workshop with Ma Yue Shifu in Michigan.  As such I thought it might be appropriate to publish something about the fascinating Ma family and their... Continue Reading →

New Issue of Martial Arts Studies: Bruce Lee’s Martial Legacies

    We are thrilled to announce the release of the Summer 2019 issue of Martial Arts Studies (Number 8).  This special issue has been guest edited by Kyle Barrowman and Paul Bowman.  It collects in a single place a... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (14): Archery Practice in Late Imperial China

  ***Kung Fu Tea is having a birthday!  The blog has now been up and running for seven years. Its hard to believe how much it, and the Martial Arts Studies community, has grown in that time.  As such I... Continue Reading →

Salvage as Method in Martial Arts Studies

  ***What follows is the text of my keynote address delivered at the 2019 Exploring Imperial China Workshop held on June 5-6 at Tel Aviv University.  I would like to thank both the Department of East Asian Studies and the... Continue Reading →

The Problem of Presentism in the Chinese “Martial Arts”

  ***Greetings. I am currently hard at work on a few different research projects.  One of these involves quite a bit of thinking (and reading) about the process of "standard setting" in an international context and what implications this might... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: July 8, 2019: Summer Fun, and Bruce Lee Gets Political

  Introduction It is so hot outside that it is almost impossible to think about training, which means that there is no better time to get caught up on news - particularly if some of these stories give you something... Continue Reading →

Revisiting Marginality in the Martial Arts

  There are a number of popular topics within Martial Arts Studies which suggest the deeply interdisciplinary nature of our project.  Sociologists, following in the footsteps of Wacquant’s “Carnal Sociology” have invested much effort exploring notions such as habitus and embodiment... Continue Reading →

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