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Images of Chinese Martial Arts

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 →

Through a Lens Darkly (50): Catching Up With A Group of Chinese Archers, and a Few Soldiers

  Old Friends One of the more rewarding things that I have been able to do with this blog has been to showcase previously unseen, or rare, images of Chinese martial arts.  I have tried to keep these photos, engravings,... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (49): Kung Fu at Springfield College, 1917

Introduction When we think about the early history of the Chinese martial arts in the United States we tend to focus our discussion on either San Francisco or New York. Los Angles, Chicago and Honolulu also make the short-list of... Continue Reading →

Framing Kung Fu in the Information Age

  Algorithms and Hand Combat This essay began as a thought experiment.  After that it evolved into a real experiment.  It is not a terribly scientific exercise, certainly not the sort of thing that involves actual databases and statistical analysis. ... Continue Reading →

Kung Fu Comes to Australia in 1886

  A month ago I was chatting with my friend Joseph Svinth (a prolific author and editor within the field of Martial Arts Studies) over email.  At the time I was still recovering from the last round of conferences and... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (48): Opening the Stone Lock

  A Quick Update My other writing projects are continuing well, though weekends are never quite as productive as one might hope.  But my loss may be your gain in the shape of some fresh material here on the blog.... Continue Reading →

A 1918 Account of Traditional Martial Arts in the Chinese Labor Corps

    Introduction Co-authorship of today’s post is shared with Joseph Svinth, the editor of the EJMAS and multiple other important works on martial arts studies.   He brought the following account and historic photographs to my attention, and we both... Continue Reading →

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

  Looking over my posts from the last few months I realized that it has been too long since we discussed new (to us) images of the Chinese martial arts.  In this post our friend Sidney Gamble will help to... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (46): Two Scenes of Early 20th Century Muay Thai/Muay Boran

    As a researcher who focuses on the martial arts in modern China and North America, I do not claim any special expertise in the rich fighting traditions of South East Asia.  Still, one of the gratifying aspects of... Continue Reading →

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