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Chinese Martial Arts in the News: Feb 16, 2020 – Kung Fu in a time of Coronavirus

  It has been way too long since our last news update so 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 →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 4 – Rebels and the Chinese Martial Arts

  Introduction Welcome to week four of "History of East Asian Martial Arts."  This series follows the readings being used in Prof. TJ Hinrichs' undergraduate course of the same name at Cornell University.  This is a great opportunity for readers... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: An Ancient Form of Physical Culture (1955)

  Introduction I have been reviewing every issue of China Reconstructs as part of my ongoing research on how successive governments attempted to use martial arts (and traditional culture more generally) to generate soft power and shape the image of China within... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 3 – Rise of the Bushi

Introduction Welcome to the third week of our virtual Martial Arts Studies class, "History of East Asian Martial Arts."  For those who are new to the series we are reading along with Prof. TJ Hinrichs' course of the same title... Continue Reading →

Democratization and the Asian Martial Arts

  What does it mean to be political? I suspect that very few people in North America experience their weekly trips to the training hall, dojo or public park as inherently political.  There are clearly some exceptions to this.  As... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 2 – Violence

  Introduction Welcome to the second week of History of East Asian Martial Arts (HIST 2960).  This is a course taught by Prof. T. J. Hinrichs here at Cornell University that I am auditing in my capacity as a Visiting... Continue Reading →

Remembering Ip Ching (1936-2020)

  Many of Kung Fu Tea’s readers are Wing Chun students and I am sure that most of you have already heard about Ip Ching’s passing on the 25th of January.  Ip Man’s second son was well known in Wing... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 1 – Invented Traditions

  A New Semester, A New Course Welcome to the first week of "History of East Asian Martial Arts" (History 2960)!  As some of you may know, I am a Visiting Scholar at Cornell. One of my colleagues, Prof. T.... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (63): Romance of the Single-Stick

An Eternal Passion As a martial artists that I work with likes to tell his students, "Hitting someone with a stick is not difficult.  Noting getting hit with a stick is...a lot of fun." The history of Western single-stick practice... Continue Reading →

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