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Top Ten Figures Who Shaped the Asian Martial Arts – Part II

  Welcome!  This is the second (and concluding) section of my list of the top ten figures who helped to shape the development and spread of the modern Asian martial arts.  Putting such a list together is easy, but once... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Figures Who Shaped the Asian Martial Arts – Part I

  Introduction As the saying goes, “amateurs borrow, professionals steal.” That adage certainly holds true in the world of blogging. Of course the real key to the exercise (both on-line and in life) is to focus on “incremental improvements.” That... Continue Reading →

Trends and Stories that Shaped the Chinese Martial Arts in 2017

  This is the time of year when it is only natural to pause and reflect on where we have been and what may be coming next.  2017 has been a busy year in the Chinese martial arts.  Progress has... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Martial Arts in the British National Press

  Martial Arts in the British National Press Paul Bowman Cardiff University JOMEC Research Seminar, Cardiff University, 13th December 2017 Introduction This research project looked at stories, items and features about martial arts in the UK national press.[1] The basic... Continue Reading →

2017 Christmas Shopping List: Martial Arts Equipment and Long Reads to Get You Through the Winter Months

  Its That Time of Year Again! Welcome to Kung Fu Tea’s sixth annual holiday shopping list!  These are some of my favorite posts to pull together.  They also serve as a great reminder to continue to make time for martial arts... Continue Reading →

Disenchanting Jianghu (Rivers and Lakes): Historical Experience and the Kung Fu Refusenik

  Introduction I am happy to report that all of the conference papers and book chapters I have been working on for the last month are now finished.  Unfortunately, my blogging sabbatical must continue a little while longer. I am... Continue Reading →

Star Wars: An American Martial Arts Film Franchise?

***On November 19th at 4 pm I will be taking part in a live-chat (broadcast on YouTube) on ethnographic research in the martial arts and lightsaber combat.  This is exciting as a number of very interesting people will be joining... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: September 11th, 2017: The Back to School Edition!

  Introduction   Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News!”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing important events, this column... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: August 28th, 2017: Dragon Girls, New Books and the Rebirth of the Long Spear

    Introduction Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News!”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing important events, this column... Continue Reading →

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