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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 →

Another Look at Ritual, Theater and Combat in the Chinese Martial Arts

  “If it is necessary to debunk the Bodhidharma myth since it is historically false, we must also be wary of the modern materialist impulse to tear aside the veil of myth to uncover the real martial arts beneath.  The... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: The Katana Invades America

    Why is the Katana more popular than the Jian A good friend recently sent me a link for a YouTube video asking why Chinese swords are not as well known in Western popular culture as their Japanese counterparts. ... Continue Reading →

The Top Five Stories that Defined a Decade in the Chinese Martial Arts

  Introduction 2020 is now a few days old, and that means that it’s time to reveal our top picks for the news stories, people and trends that shaped the popular discussion of the Chinese martial arts in the last... Continue Reading →

Trends and Stories that Shaped Chinese Martial Arts in the 2010s, Part I

  A Time for Lists Holidays are the rhythm section of life.  They provide the beat that gently nudges us towards the next phase of the yearly cycle.  While holidays like Christmas, Hanukah and Yule have a distinctly timeless quality... Continue Reading →

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Anti-Witch: Martial Arts as Therapy

    D. S. Farrer. 2019. “Brazilian jiu-jitsu is therapy: Shifting subjectivities on Guam.” ETNOGRAFIA E RICERCA QUALITATIVA (ERQ). No. 3. 407-428.   Introduction Donn F. Draeger’s made no secret of his love for the real “battlefield” martial arts, both... Continue Reading →

Star Wars: An American Martial Arts Film Franchise?

  ***Like many of you I am spending the evening watching the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise (and therefore not blogging).  So it seems only fitting to dip into the archives and take another look at a post... Continue Reading →

Failed Transformations: Peloton, Master Ken and Traditional Martial Arts

    Fitness and Agency Rose clippers are a key symbol within Judkins family folklore.  When I was about ten my mother bought my father, who does not garden, a set of rose clippers.  These have lived, unused, in a... Continue Reading →

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

***I am currently preparing for a demonstration and tournament which I will be hosting on Friday.  As such, we are turning to the archives for today's post.  This essay offers readers a unique look at the nexus between the martial... Continue Reading →

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