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Tai Hsuan-chih Remembers “The Red Spears, 1916-1949”

    Introduction   This is the second entry in our ongoing study of the Red Spear movement in northern China during the first half of the twentieth century. For a brief overview of the origins of this movement and... Continue Reading →

War Junks, Pirates and the Commercialization of Chinese Martial Culture

    ***This will be the concluding post in our brief series on the role of southern China's maritime environment on the development and spread of the traditional martial arts.  Please see the end of this post for a complete list of... Continue Reading →

Season’s Greetings!

Happy Holidays! 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 year.  I think that my friend Bernard, the Kung Fu Elf, left one... Continue Reading →

Interview for the Hiyaa Martial Arts Podcast

A Guest Appearance for Kung Fu Tea I recently had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Craig Kiessling and Dave Jones.  These two gentlemen are the hosts of the "Hiyaa Martial Arts Podcast."  They graciously invited me to... Continue Reading →

“Fighting Styles” or “Martial Brands”? An economic approach to understanding “lost lineages” in the Chinese Martial Arts.

Introduction Much of our modern writing on the Chinese martial arts is premised on the examination of difference.  Nor is this an abstract categorization of dry facts.  Our discussions always seem to run along a similar track. Of all of... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: March 11th, 2013: Bruce Lee, the Legacy of Film and Child Abuse in China’s Wushu Boarding Schools.

Introduction: Chinese Martial Arts in the News. Welcome!  In this semi-regular feature I present a roundup of some of the most interesting news stories to emerge over the last four weeks.  Each of these stories either focuses on the Chinese... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News, February 13, 2013: The UFC fights for market access, Ip Man lets his inner song take flight and understanding “The Black Kung Fu Experience.”

"Chinese Martial Arts in the News" is a monthly round-up of news stories that either feature or somehow impact traditional Chinese hand combat.  If you know about a developing news story that should be covered feel free to drop me... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: January 16th, 2013: Globalization, Identity and Conflict.

Introduction Welcome to the first installment of "Chinese Martial Arts in the News" of 2013.  For new readers this is a semi-regular roundup of important stories or events in the world of the Chinese martial arts.  In these segments I... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (4): Sun Lutang’s Unified Theory of the Chinese Martial Arts: Daoist Spirituality, Health and Boxing (Part III).

Sun Lutang and the Field of Chinese Martial Studies This post is the third and final installment of our three part review of the life and contributions of Sun Lutang.  Sun was a master of Xingyi, Bagua and Taiji boxing... Continue Reading →

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