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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 →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: May 21st, 2018: Kung Fu, Travel and a Summer Reading List

    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... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: April 30th 2018: Karate, Choy Li Fut and World Tai Chi Day

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 Tea in... Continue Reading →

Everybody is a Theorist (Especially on YouTube)

    Something Old, Something New Everyone has a favorite TV show, film genre or martial art.  So here is a quick experiment that you can carry out from the comfort of your own smart phone.  Head on over to... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: March 5th, 2018: Wu (the Fight Club) and Wen (the Book)

    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... Continue Reading →

The State of Martial Arts Publishing Today – A Roundtable Discussion

  Introduction Greetings, and welcome! Earlier this year a reader asked me to comment on the current state of the popular martial arts publishing industry. I have certainly noticed a couple of interesting trends. There are many fewer martial arts... Continue Reading →

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 →

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