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Kung Fu Tea Selects “The Best” of 2017

  Introduction   Happy New Year!  And welcome to Kung Fu Tea's annual "awards show."  The New Year post is a great time to take a look back and celebrate some of the achievements of the last year.  It is... Continue Reading →

Muay Thai and the Two-Level Game

  Introduction Earlier this morning I was faced with a choice.  Should I write about Nietzsche (and a certain martial art), or Robert Putnam (and an entirely different fighting system).  Its hard to sit down and read the news these... Continue Reading →

A Killing Art

  Introduction Greetings from my short writing sabbatical! There are two subjects that have been on my mind.  The first is Korea as I spent much of the day editing a 15 page conference presentation down to a svelte 7... Continue Reading →

The Bubishi Gets its Due: Returning the ‘Bible of Karate’ to its Chinese Roots

  David S. Nisan and Liu Kangyi. 2016. The General Tian Wubeizhi: the Bubishi in Chinese Martial Arts History. Taipei: Lionbook Martial Arts Company. 136 pages of text, plus 128 pages of facsimile reprint. $47.95 USD.   Introduction   Given... Continue Reading →

Venezuelan Stick Fighting: What can we learn from the modernization of a vernacular fighting system?

    Introduction   The release of the Summer 2017 issue of Martial Arts Studies is fast approaching.  Paul and I have been quite busy over the last few weeks preparing the various articles and reviews for publication.  The contents... Continue Reading →

Roland Barthes and the DNA of Martial Arts Studies

    Paul Bowman. 2017. Mythologies of Martial Arts. London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield. 184 pages.   Professor Paul Bowman’s latest book sets a new standard for exploring the cultural, sociological and ideological criticism of the martial arts... Continue Reading →

Kung Fu Tea Selects the “Best” Book of 2016 – And Suggests a Reading List for 2017

      Looking Forward by Looking Back   Admittedly 2016 has been a rough year for many people.  Yet it has been a great year for those interested in serious, thoughtful and even scholarly writing on the martial arts. ... Continue Reading →

Reality Fighting and the End of Civilization

      The Debate   Neil Gong’s article, “How to Fight Without Rules: On Civilized Violence in “De-Civilized” Spaces,” (Social Problems, 2015, 0, pp. 1-18) is the sort of work that is sure to find its way onto a... Continue Reading →

Culture, Experience and Understanding – Or, Who Can Master “Authentic” Aikido?

      Can a westerner truly master Akido (or Taijiquan, Wing Chun, etc…..)?   I once again find myself noting that I should not be writing this post. The topic is fascinating, but I will be flying to Cologne,... Continue Reading →

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