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Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

LK Chen and the Rebirth of the Han Jian

    Introduction Over the last year many Chinese martial arts students in the West have become aware of the replica Han dynasty weapons currently being produced by LK Chen in Guangdong.  These high-quality pieces are all the more attractive... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 5 – Peacetime Bushi and Urban Gangsters

  Introduction Welcome to week five 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 →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: Feb 16, 2020 – Kung Fu in a time of Coronavirus

  It has been way too long since our last news update so now is the perfect time to get caught up on recent events! For new readers, this is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 4 – Rebels and the Chinese Martial Arts

  Introduction Welcome to week four 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 →

Research Notes: An Ancient Form of Physical Culture (1955)

  Introduction I have been reviewing every issue of China Reconstructs as part of my ongoing research on how successive governments attempted to use martial arts (and traditional culture more generally) to generate soft power and shape the image of China within... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 3 – Rise of the Bushi

Introduction Welcome to the third week of our virtual Martial Arts Studies class, "History of East Asian Martial Arts."  For those who are new to the series we are reading along with Prof. TJ Hinrichs' course of the same title... Continue Reading →

Democratization and the Asian Martial Arts

  What does it mean to be political? I suspect that very few people in North America experience their weekly trips to the training hall, dojo or public park as inherently political.  There are clearly some exceptions to this.  As... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 2 – Violence

  Introduction Welcome to the second week of History of East Asian Martial Arts (HIST 2960).  This is a course taught by Prof. T. J. Hinrichs here at Cornell University that I am auditing in my capacity as a Visiting... Continue Reading →

Remembering Ip Ching (1936-2020)

  Many of Kung Fu Tea’s readers are Wing Chun students and I am sure that most of you have already heard about Ip Ching’s passing on the 25th of January.  Ip Man’s second son was well known in Wing... Continue Reading →

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