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Local Resistance and Guoshu: The Foshan Zhong Yi Martial Arts Athletic Association

      Guoshu in the Pearl River Delta In a recent post I attempted to move away from the triumphalist rhetoric that accompanies many popular discussions of the Guoshu movement and ask how its institutional limitations (rather than its... Continue Reading →

Bringing Northern Styles South: A Brief History of the Liangguang Guoshu Institute

    Transforming Southern Martial Culture   How did Taijiquan, now ubiquitous, establish itself in Southern China?  What about the other northern Shaolin systems? I would think that the lion’s share of the credit must go to the Jingwu Association... Continue Reading →

The Modern Roots of ‘Ancient’ Martial Arts

I have just arrived back in Ithaca after spending Sunday driving rather than typing.  Still, I have two items that I want to share. The first is a short interview I did with the Rochester Review after The Creation of... 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 →

Through a Lens Darkly (56): New York City’s Kung Fu and the Roaring 1920s

    Introduction While I have a few connections in New York City’s TCMA community, it has always been my experience that one turns up different sorts of insights by getting out and exploring the terrain on one’s own.  It... Continue Reading →

Rethinking Wing Chun’s Opera Rebels

  ***After a quick return to the blog earlier this week, I have directed my attention back to my other ongoing project.  The good news is that this manuscript chapter just a couple of days from completion. There is a... 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 →

Labor Unions, the Growth of Kung Fu and the Survival of Wing Chun

  ***Its Labor Day in the United States and I am currently off on a fieldwork trip.  As such this seems like a great time to revisit a post from earlier this year on the importance of guilds and labor... 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 →

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