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The Book Club: The Shaolin Monastery by Meir Shahar, Chapters 3-4: Monastic Violence in the Ming Dynasty.

Introduction Welcome back to the second installment of the Book Club.  In this series of posts we will be taking a more detailed look at some of the most important works in the field of Chinese martial studies.  Our first... Continue Reading →

A Lost Fight Book: Alfred Lister and the Noble Art of Self-Defence in China

19th century Chinese painting. This image is part of a larger set that shows scenes of a gentry led militia in training. Special thanks to Gavin Gaving Nugent (www.swordsantiqueweapons.com/) for sharing these images. I am happy to announce that a... Continue Reading →

In Pursuit of Double Dragons: A Sui Dynasty Dao

  The Archeology of Dragons Today’s story begins with two, seemingly unrelated, artifact finds.  In 1930 two Chinese sabers (dao) believed to have been excavated from the Sui dynasty's (581-618 CE) royal tombs north of Luoyang, were donated to the... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Weeks 12-14: Politics of Film and Online Instruction

  Introduction Welcome to our final discussion of the “History of East Asian Martial Arts.”  This series follows the readings being used in Prof. TJ Hinrichs’ undergraduate course of the same name at Cornell University.  This is a great opportunity... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 11 – Reinvention of Jujutsu (and the money taboo)

  Introduction Welcome to week eleven of “History of East Asian Martial Arts.”  This series follows the readings being used in Prof. TJ Hinrichs’ undergraduate course of the same name at Cornell University.  This is a great opportunity for readers... Continue Reading →

Field Notes: Sticks, Blades and Movement Along the Pacific Rim

  Introduction Michael J. Ryan has has been kind enough to share with us some of his field notes from a recent hoplology project which he had the good fortune to participate in.  The focus of these exchanges, interviews and... Continue Reading →

Season’s Greetings

  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of Kung Fu Tea’s  readers!  Thanks so much for your support and feedback over the last eight years.  I think that Santa left me one or two martial arts related items... Continue Reading →

2018 Christmas Shopping List: Martial Arts Equipment and Long Reads to Get You Through the Winter Months

  I am not going to lie. The annual Christmas list is my favorite post of the year. So welcome to Kung Fu Tea’s seventh annual holiday shopping list!  Not only are we going to find some cool gift ideas, but hopefully... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts and Restoring the Body Politic

    Are Martial Arts Political?   My friend, Paul Bowman, recently asked the rhetorical question, “Should martial arts be active or passive players in politics?” The question is rhetorical in a double sense. Paul never directly answers his own... Continue Reading →

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