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Adam D Frank

A Quick Announcement and the Unexpected Role of Secrecy in the Success of the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts

A pair of Japanese Komuso or “Monks of Emptiness.” Original Source: Unknown. Introduction I am currently in the middle of writing a short introduction that I was asked to contribute to a forthcoming volume.  As such we will be revisiting... Continue Reading →

Is the iPhone Killing Kung Fu? Economics and Globalization in Chinese Martial Studies

  ***As I have previously mentioned, I am currently finishing up a major writing project.  As such we will be going back to the archives once each week so that I can dedicate a little more time to the task... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts: So What? By Adam D. Frank

***It turns out that the introduction to the last post was a little premature.  We are very fortunate to have received another post for the 2013 Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies.  Adam D. Frank is an Associate Professor in the... Continue Reading →

The Book Club: Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man by Adam D. Frank: Chapter 4-8: Globalization, Modernization and Mobility in the Chinese Martial Arts.

This is the second half of our two part discussion of Adam D. Frank’s ethnographic study of identity and the traditional Chinese martial arts.  The first part of this review can be found here.  The “Book Club” is a semi-regular... Continue Reading →

The Book Club: Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man by Adam D. Frank: Introduction – Chapter 3: Body, Lineage, Space and Identity.

[This is the first post of the third installment of our "Book Club" series.  The goal of this series is to provide a detailed discussion of some important books within the field of Chinese martial studies, similar to what you... Continue Reading →

Is the iPhone Killing Kung Fu? Economics and Globalization in Chinese Martial Studies.

The Traditional Chinese Martial Arts: Something that Young Adults used to do? Globalization and technology are having an unmistakable effect on martial arts around the world, and the Chinese martial arts are no exception.  Of course this will not come... Continue Reading →

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