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New Books, Conference and Visiting Professorship: A Martial Arts Studies Update

It's been a while!   [Paul Bowman and I were recently chatting about important developments in the Martial Arts Studies community and we decided that it would be good to share some of this information on Kung Fu Tea, as... Continue Reading →

Remembering Peng Hanping (彭韩萍): Images of a Teacher

***We remember the martial arts through many mediums.  Countless videos can be found on YouTube.  Novels, opera and film have sanctified the heroes of the past.  Books have archived the wisdom of countless communities.  Yet over the last century no... Continue Reading →

Love Fighting Hate Violence: An Anti-Violence Program for Martial Arts and Combat Sports

  ***I am excited to introduce the following guest post by Alex Channon and Christopher Matthews.   Readers may recall that in my 2017 MAS Conference Keynote I called on the field to dedicate more theoretical and empirical attention to... Continue Reading →

The State of Martial Arts Publishing Today – A Roundtable Discussion

  Introduction Greetings, and welcome! Earlier this year a reader asked me to comment on the current state of the popular martial arts publishing industry. I have certainly noticed a couple of interesting trends. There are many fewer martial arts... Continue Reading →

Deconstructing Martial Arts, Constructing Martial Arts Studies

    ***The following guest post has been generously provided by Paul Bowman.  It is significant in a number of respects, providing us with both a summery and commentary on the ongoing debate over the definition of "martial arts."  Bowman... Continue Reading →

Capoeira as Graceful Resistance

  ***I am happy to announce that our first substantive essay for 2018 will be a guest post by Lauren Miller Griffith.  While this is Prof. Griffith's first appearance on Kung Fu Tea she is already  leaving her mark on... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Martial Arts in the British National Press

  Martial Arts in the British National Press Paul Bowman Cardiff University JOMEC Research Seminar, Cardiff University, 13th December 2017 Introduction This research project looked at stories, items and features about martial arts in the UK national press.[1] The basic... Continue Reading →

Paul Bowman: A Conversation with the Journal of the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain

  ***I had initially planned to share the first of my recent conference papers this weekend, but I think that should probably wait until next week.  Prof. Paul Bowman, whose contributions to the development of martial arts studies are literally... Continue Reading →

The Modern Invention of “Traditional” Martial Arts by Peter Lorge

  Introduction Last week I was flying over the Pacific Ocean.  This week it is the Atlantic.  If all has gone according to plan, I am now returning to the United States after a fantastic conference on fightbooks at the... Continue Reading →

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