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Chinese Martial Studies Resources


Journals and Reference


Martial Arts Studies


Ido Movement for Culture: Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology


Electronic Journal of the Martial Arts and Sciences


Journal of Chinese Martial Studies (Ceased Distribution but the catalog of articles is well worth reviewing)


Journal of Asian Martial Arts (Ceased Distribution in July of 2012, but a searchable index of back articles is available)


International Hoplology Society


Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation.  What can I say.  I am not normally a fan of encyclopedias, but this one is really worth taking a look at.  Be prepared to spend the weekend.






People You Should Know


Prof. Paul Bowman: Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.  A scholar of the martial arts, globalization and media.


Prof. D. S. Farrer: Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Guam and Writer on Martial Arts Studies.  Editor of Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge (SUNY Press).


Prof. Kai Filipiak: Chinese Military Historian at the Oriental Institute of the University of Leipzig.


Prof. Adam D. Frank: Asian Studies, Honors College, University of Central Arkansas.  Author of Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man: Understanding Identity Through the Martial Arts (Palgrave, 2006).


Prof. Thomas A. Green. Associate Professor of Anthropology at Texas A&M University.  The editor of multiple important works on the martial arts.  Be sure to check out his essay “Sense and Nonsense: The Role of Folk History in the Martial Arts” in Martial Arts in the Modern World.–tomgreen.html


Stanley E. Henning, MA: Independent and highly respected Chinese Martial Studies scholar:


Prof. T. J. Hinricks:  Historian at Cornell.  One of the few Professors offering a course that deals with the martial arts and globalization.  Her syllabus for “East Asian Martial Arts” is worth taking a look at.


Prof. Peter Lorge: Historian at Vanderbilt and author of Chinese Martial Arts (Cambridge, 2012).


Prof. Daniel Mroz: Department of Theater at the University of Ottawa.  Research interests include the Chinese martial arts in performance and opera.


Prof. Meir Shahar: Author of the most important study of the Shaolin Temple produced to date:


Prof. Douglas Wile: An important pioneer of modern Chinese martial studies who has written extensively on the history and social background of Taijiquan.






Books to Get You Started


Avron Bortez. Gods, Ghosts and Gangsters.  Hawai’i University Press 2011.

Paul Bowman. Mythologies of Martial Arts. Rowman & Littlefield. 2016.

Paul Bowman. Martial Arts Studies: Disrupting Disciplinary Boundaries. Rowman & Littlefield. 2015.

D. S. Farrer and John Whalen-Bridge. Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge: Asian Traditions in a Transnational World.  State University of New York Press. 2011.

Adam D. Frank. Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man: Understanding Identity Through the Martial Arts. Palgrave. 2006.

Kang Gew. Spring and Autumn: The Spring and Autumn of Chinese Martial Arts. Plum Publishing. 1995.

Raul Sanchez Garcia and Dale C. Spencer. Fighting Scholars: Habitus and Ethnographies of Martial Arts and Combat Sports. Antham Press. 2014.

Thomas A. Green and Joseph R. Svinth (ed.) Martial Arts in the Modern World. Praeger. 2003.

John Christopher Hamm. Paper Swordsmen: Jin Yong and the Modern Chinese Martial Arts Novel.  University of Hawai’i Press. 2005.

Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo. Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: A Historical Survey.  Blue Snake. 2005.

Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo. Jingwu: The School that Transformed Kung Fu.  Blue Snake. 2010.

Benjamin N. Judkins and Jon Nielson.  The Creation of Wing Chun: A Social History of the Southern Chinese Martial Arts. State University of NY Press. 2015.

Petrus Liu. Stateless Subjects: Chinese Martial Arts Literature and Postcolonial History.  State University of NY Press. 2011.

Peter Lorge. Chinese Martial Arts. Cambridge University Press. 2011.

Andrew D. Morris. Marrow of the Nation: A history of sports and physical culture in Republican China.  California University Press. 2004.

Meir Shahar. The Shaolin Monastery. University of Hawai’i Press. 2008.

Douglas Wile.  Lost T’ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch’ing Dynasty.  State University of New York Press. 1996.