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Martial Arts as Politics: The Act of Seeing

  Look at Me!   I took a break from the kicking drill just as an insistent, irritated, voice rang out. “Coach, look at me!  Look at me!  LOOK AT ME!  Hey Coach. COACH! Look at me!”  Of course it... Continue Reading →

Kung Fu Documentaries and Their Discontents

  Given that many of the readers of Kung Fu Tea come to this blog to read about the history or development of traditional fighting systems, I am willing to bet that each and every one of us has complained... Continue Reading →

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 →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: September 23, 2019: Zhang Weili, Global Wushu and Ip Man 4

  Introduction It's the end of summer, autumn is in the air, and now is the perfect time to get caught up on recent events! For new readers, this is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media... Continue Reading →

Who “Owns” Kung Fu? Intangible Cultural Heritage, Globalization and the Decentering of the Asian Martial Arts

  ***In the last week I have found myself delving ever deeper into the literature on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) designations and the traditional martial arts.  When seeking to understand the relationship between politics and these fighting systems, one would... Continue Reading →

Brian Kennedy and the Development of Chinese Martial Studies

  The Chinese martial studies community suffered a great loss with the recent passing of Brian Kennedy (1958-2019) at the age of 61.  Any such event is a tragedy, and this was all the more unexpected as Brian was active... Continue Reading →

Doing Research (11): Apprenticeship as Method in Martial Arts Studies

  Welcome to the eleventh entry in our ongling series of posts titled “Doing Research.”  If you missed the first essay by D. S. Farrer (which provides a global overview of the subject), the second by Daniel Mroz (how to... Continue Reading →

The Good, Bad and Ugly in Martial Arts and Combat Sports

  This post started life as a book review, but as I thought about what I actually wanted to say it quickly became a different sort of essay.  It was inspired by Janet O’Shea’s 2019 Oxford UP Press, Risk, Failure,... Continue Reading →

Rules of Appropriateness, in Martial Arts and Politics

  Fragmentation and Unification Recently I had a chance to catch up with one of my old Kung Fu training brothers. We had a great time training at the same Wing Chun studio.  That was years ago.  Then I left Salt... Continue Reading →

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