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Are the Chinese Martial Arts Fake?

    Given that this essay is being hosted on a blog mostly read by practitioners of the TCMA, I doubt that the question posed by the title will generate a great deal of enthusiasm. I suspect that most of... Continue Reading →

Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Lightsaber: Fetishism and Material Culture in Martial Arts Studies

“The lightsaber has become an important touchstone, both within the films and within our culture…They serve as a source of identification and identity.  They are the ultimate commodity: a nonexistent object whose replicas sell for hundreds of dollars.  This is... Continue Reading →

Rediscovering China’s Flails

  Reclaiming Bruce When is a nunchuck, perhaps the most iconic weapon to emerge from Okinawan karate, not a nunchuck?  When it is being held by Bruce Lee.  At least that is what the discussion in my Facebook feed seemed... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: October 28th, 2019: Bruce Lee, Taijiquan and Debating the Traditional Martial Arts

  It has been too long since our last news update.  Halloween is just around the corner, 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... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (62): Chan Bing’s Choy Li Fut Students, 1967

  Unfolding a Story When the opportunity presents itself I try to collect vintage photographs, postcards, illustrations and other ephemera touching on the martial arts.  As someone who writes and publishes on these subjects, it is very helpful to have... Continue Reading →

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 →

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