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16 Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About the Chinese Martial Arts, Part I

  We all love clickbait. Sure, we say we hate those gimmicky titles that populate our YouTube play lists.  And none of us would willfully admit to clicking on “108 Facts about Rick and Morty” or, “20 Things that You Didn’t... Continue Reading →

Regional Histories, Localization and the Chinese Martial Arts

  Regulating Kung Fu in Canton The brave new world of electronic databases and digital humanities is certainly opening many doors to new and exciting types of research.  Increasingly scholars can sit down at any university terminal and access previously... Continue Reading →

Bruce Lee, Ip Man and The Anxiety of Influence

The Master Said: “I transmit, I do not create. I trust and love the ancients…” -Confucius, The Analects 7.1 I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to... Continue Reading →

A Brief History of Nostalgia and the Future of the Martial Arts

    That Special Time of Year It must be that time of year again.  December is the season in which Disney unleashes a new Star Wars movie on an eager public, complete with a weaponized marketing campaign. Sitting in... Continue Reading →

A Lost Kung Fu Manual and the Nature of “Chinese Boxing”

  Introduction This is my keynote address from the recent (Nov. 9-10th, 2017) conference on fightbooks held at the German Blade Museum in Solingen.  A full report on this event is coming soon, but I am eager to share this... Continue Reading →

Red Boats of the Cantonese Opera: Economics, Social Structure and Violence 1850-1950.

    Introduction The "writing sabbatical" continues and I am happy to report that the book chapters and papers are progressing nicely.   This weekend's post comes to us from the early days of Kung Fu Tea, and it covers a... Continue Reading →

Martial Mythology (1): Yim Wing Chun and the Hero’s Journey

  Introduction For someone who doesn’t read classical Chinese, I spend a lot of time in seminars listening to presentations on ancient texts.  Cornell regularly invites visiting scholars to discuss their work.  While none of these individuals has ever given... Continue Reading →

On the 44th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death: Cult (Film) Icon

      Introduction My original plan for the day included writing a conference report on the recent Martial Arts Studies gathering at Cardiff University (which, as always, was a blast).  However, when I opened my email this morning I... Continue Reading →

Lightsaber Combat and Wing Chun: The Search for Meaning in the Modern Martial Arts

  ***I am current on the road for the annual Martial Arts Studies conference at Cardiff University in the UK.  As soon as I return home I will be posting a full report of the event and sharing the text... Continue Reading →

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