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Conference Report: Fighting Bodies and Knowledge at Trier University

  ***The following is a guest post by Paul Bowman who recently had the good fortune to attend a fascinating set of meetings at Trier University organized by Dr. Eric Burkart and Dr. Eva Bishoff.  From the sounds of thing... 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 →

History and Myth in Lightsaber Combat

  Introduction In the coming months I expect that readers will be seeing a few new blog posts discussing my ongoing work with the Lightsaber Combat community.  I have a chapter and conference paper that will be looking at performance... Continue Reading →

Stickman doh ‘fraid no damom: Stick and machete fighting in the New world – Part 1

  What follows is the first part of a short series on New World stick and knife fighting traditions by my friend Dr. Michael J. Ryan (SUNY Oneonta).  I first became aware of this vast and fascinating body of material when... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Martial Arts Studies Reader, by Qays Stetkevych

    Greetings! I am still traveling for a conference on Chinese History.  Unsurprisingly my paper is an attempt to introduce a new group of scholars to the joys of Martial Arts Studies.  Speaking of which, have you ordered a... Continue Reading →

Nonviolence and Martial Arts Studies

  ***One of my goals in creating Kung Fu Tea was to inspire more enthusiasm for (and participation in) the scholarly discussion of martial arts.  As such, I am happy to share a reader's lengthy response to a recent essay.... Continue Reading →

Performance Ethnography and the Martial Arts Studies Reader

  As the indomitable Professor Farnsworth would say, good news everyone! The long anticipated Martial Arts Studies Reader (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) is now shipping.  Weighing in at 244 pages, and featuring articles by over a dozen of the most... Continue Reading →

Martial Classics: The Complete Fist Canon in Verse

  Translator’s Note Here is the full translation of the Qi Jiguang’s Fist Method as it appears in the Wubei Zhi, offered as a follow-up to my initial discussion of the challenges of translating this text into English verse. If... Continue Reading →

Martial Classics: The Poetry of Motion – Qi Jiguang in Verse

  ***I hope that the following guest post will be the first entry in a new occasional series here at Kung Fu Tea. While I am neither a linguist or historian of ancient China, I have found myself regularly attending... Continue Reading →

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