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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 →

The Purpose of “Place” in Wing Chun and the Chinese Martial Arts

  A Sense of Purpose   I was taking notes when I heard one of the most interesting comments to come up in the session. “I am not just another person, I have a purpose.” I wasn’t part of this... Continue Reading →

1920: Jingwu Brings Kung Fu to Guangzhou’s Public Schools

  It goes by many names. Organization, bureaucracy…”hard work”… It’s the sort of social effort that defines modern industrialized life. Weber famously termed it the “iron cage” of rationality. We so frequently speak of, or imagine, the martial arts as... 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 →

Jingwu and the Creation of the “Kung Fu” Brand

  Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom Our daily conversations are made up of innumerable facts drawn from what might be termed, “the conventional wisdom.”  The contents of this warehouse of social knowledge are so widely shared that none of us stop... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (11): Mok Kwai Lan – The Mistress of Hung Gar.

  ***In honor of the recent celebration of Mother's Day.  Enjoy!***   Introduction This post is the third entry in our series examining the lives of female Chinese martial artists.  While it is the case that the vast majority of... Continue Reading →

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