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Age of Wushu

Through a Lens Darkly (40): Butterfly Swords and Tong Wars in North America

    The Yin and the Yang of the Hudiedao Earlier this year I had the opportunity to participate in a day-long seminar on the Wing Chun swords taught by Sifu John Crescione. This was a great experience that provided... Continue Reading →

Thinking About Failure in the Martial Arts

  The Meaning of a Bruised Elbow   I have been working on a couple of projects that have taken me away from blogging in recent days.  These are the sorts of commitments that should bear fruit for the readers... Continue Reading →

Doing Research (5): Lies I Have Told About Martial Artists

  Introduction   Welcome to the fifth entry in our series of guest posts titled “Doing Research.”  If you missed the first essay by D. S. Farrer (which provides a global overview of the subject), the second by Daniel Mroz... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: October 12, 2015: Columbus Day Edition!

    Introduction For readers in the United States, happy Columbus Day!  And what better way to enjoy your three day weekend than getting caught up on the latest martial arts news.  "Chinese Martial Arts in the News" is a... Continue Reading →

Lineage and Social Analysis in Martial Arts Studies

    Introduction Consider the following, seemingly unrelated, incidents: While conducting field work in Sioux City Iowa in 1862 the lawyer and self-trained ethnographer Lewis Henry Morgan received a telegraph informing him that his two daughters, ages two and six,... 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 →

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