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Bruce Lee: Memory, Philosophy and the Tao of Gung Fu

  ***I am off visiting family over the holiday weekend, so we are headed back to the archives. Since our (American) readers have just celebrated Thanksgiving, I though it would be appropriate to revisit an essay that asks what we... Continue Reading →

Of Pens and Swords: Jin Yong’s Journey

    The Loss of Heroes The Chinese martial arts community has lost two giants.  The death of Raymond Chow (who was instrumental in jumpstarting Bruce Lee’s martial arts films) and Louis Cha (who wrote under the name Jin Yong)... Continue Reading →

Spreading the Gospel of Kung Fu: Print Media and the Popularization of Wing Chun (Part II)

  Introduction In the first part of this series (which you can read here) we discussed the earliest works on the Chinese martial arts to appear in English, and looked at two sources on Wing Chun.  The first was an... Continue Reading →

16 Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About the Chinese Martial Arts, Part I

  We all love clickbait. Sure, we say we hate those gimmicky titles that populate our YouTube play lists.  And none of us would willfully admit to clicking on “108 Facts about Rick and Morty” or, “20 Things that You Didn’t... Continue Reading →

Conference Report: Bruce Lee’s Cultural Legacies

  ***Luke White has generously offered Kung Fu Tea the following report on this year's fourth annual Martial Arts Studies Conference at Cardiff University.  Sadly I was not able to attend, but reading Luke's report makes me feel as though... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: July 16 2018: Ip Man, Bruce Lee and the Shaolin Temple

  Introduction Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News!”  Lots has been happening in the Chinese martial arts community, so its time to see what people have been saying. For new readers, this is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: Martial Arts and a History of Desire

    A History of Desire   When thinking about the diffusion of the Asian fighting arts to the West, we must distinguish between the history of the martial arts as they were practiced, and their evolution as symbols within... Continue Reading →

Matthew Polly on Bruce Lee and The Art of Writing a Life

  Matthew Polly. 2018. Bruce Lee: A Life. New York: Simon and Schuster. 656 pages. $35 USD.   Introduction Matthew Polly is perhaps the best known and most popular author writing on the martial arts today.  His first two books... Continue Reading →

Lightsaber Combat and the Value of Myth in the Martial Arts

  Solo, the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise, opens around the country tonight.  As such, it is only fitting that I share with readers of Kung Fu Tea my latest article, co-authored with Chad Eisner.  This piece was... Continue Reading →

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