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History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 1 – Invented Traditions

  A New Semester, A New Course Welcome to the first week of "History of East Asian Martial Arts" (History 2960)!  As some of you may know, I am a Visiting Scholar at Cornell. One of my colleagues, Prof. T.... Continue Reading →

Another Look at Ritual, Theater and Combat in the Chinese Martial Arts

  “If it is necessary to debunk the Bodhidharma myth since it is historically false, we must also be wary of the modern materialist impulse to tear aside the veil of myth to uncover the real martial arts beneath.  The... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: The Katana Invades America

    Why is the Katana more popular than the Jian A good friend recently sent me a link for a YouTube video asking why Chinese swords are not as well known in Western popular culture as their Japanese counterparts. ... Continue Reading →

The Top Five Stories that Defined a Decade in the Chinese Martial Arts

  Introduction 2020 is now a few days old, and that means that it’s time to reveal our top picks for the news stories, people and trends that shaped the popular discussion of the Chinese martial arts in the last... Continue Reading →

Trends and Stories that Shaped Chinese Martial Arts in the 2010s, Part I

  A Time for Lists Holidays are the rhythm section of life.  They provide the beat that gently nudges us towards the next phase of the yearly cycle.  While holidays like Christmas, Hanukah and Yule have a distinctly timeless quality... Continue Reading →

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Anti-Witch: Martial Arts as Therapy

    D. S. Farrer. 2019. “Brazilian jiu-jitsu is therapy: Shifting subjectivities on Guam.” ETNOGRAFIA E RICERCA QUALITATIVA (ERQ). No. 3. 407-428.   Introduction Donn F. Draeger’s made no secret of his love for the real “battlefield” martial arts, both... Continue Reading →

Failed Transformations: Peloton, Master Ken and Traditional Martial Arts

    Fitness and Agency Rose clippers are a key symbol within Judkins family folklore.  When I was about ten my mother bought my father, who does not garden, a set of rose clippers.  These have lived, unused, in a... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (47): The Sword Shops of Beijing’s Bow and Arrow Street

***I am currently preparing for a demonstration and tournament which I will be hosting on Friday.  As such, we are turning to the archives for today's post.  This essay offers readers a unique look at the nexus between the martial... Continue Reading →

The Transformation of Chinese Martial Arts During the Song Dynasty

  Introduction I have always wondered about the Song period (960-1279) and its connection to the modern Chinese martial arts (let’s say 1850 to the present).  One could be forgiven for placing the genesis of our current systems sometime in... Continue Reading →

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