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A (Taijiquan) Mystery in Yellow

    Unanswered Questions   Everyone likes a good mystery. They engage, they motivate and (whether we want to admit it or not) they make the hours vanish. That certainly explains at least part of the popularity of historical studies... Continue Reading →

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

  Introduction: Wing Chun Enters its Esoteric Phase This is the third and final installment of our short series on the earliest printed publications to discuss Wing Chun in English.  These books and articles range in date from 1968 to... 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 →

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

  ***I need to set aside some time to work on another writing project over the next few weeks.  As such we will be dipping into Kung Fu Tea's extensive archives, and revisiting one of my favorite series of posts... Continue Reading →

Politics and Identity in Chinese Martial Arts – An Essential Overview

  Lu Zhouxiang. 2018. Politics and Identity in Chinese Martial Arts. New York and London: Routledge. 232 pages. $140/$45 USD (Hardcover/Digital).   Perhaps the clearest testament to the growing enthusiasm for Martial Arts Studies is the number of books and... Continue Reading →

Remembering Macau Wing Chun

      “Echoes of Memories”   It is the elusiveness of memory that captivates us. People tend to think of their memories as a personal hard drive, always running in the background, silently backing up the minutia of our daily... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts and the Body Politic: A Review in Memory of Denis Gainty

    Denis Gainty. 2013. Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Meiji Japan. London and New York: Routledge. 208 pages. $55 USD. Reviewed by Benjamin N. Judkins.   The passing of Denis Gainty in 2017 robbed the martial arts studies... Continue Reading →

Thinking About Kung Fu Families

Veronika Partikova and George Jennings. 2018. “The Kung Fu Family: A metaphor of belonging across time and place,”Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas.Volume 13(1), 35-­52.   A Success Story The latest issue of Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas(RAMA) is now available... Continue Reading →

May the 4th Be With You: Rhythm in the Chinese Martial Arts and Lightsaber Combat

***It is May the 4th, everyone's favorite Star Wars themed, merchandise based, holiday!  As regular readers know I occasionally write about the Lightsaber Combat Community.  Here is an essay touching on the importance of rhythm in the practice of various... Continue Reading →

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