Hand Combat Training as the School of the Nations

    My schedule over the next four to six weeks is going to be pretty crazy.  I have a couple of writing projects followed by some heavy duty transoceanic conference travel.  As such we will be dipping into our archives for some “deep cuts” and classic hits, with the occasional guest-post to keep things…

Through a Lens Darkly (44): Martial Arts in Pre-War Japanese Schools

    Introduction   Today’s post is the result of a happy coincidence.  As regular readers will be aware, I occasionally collect and share vintage images of the Chinese martial arts.  Many of these come from the sorts of ephemera (postcards, advertisements, old newspaper clippings, newsreels) that contain interesting data on the social place of…

Imagining the Martial Arts: Hand Combat Training as a Tool of the Nation

Introduction: The Martial Arts and National Identity in the Popular Imagination While few people can really claim to be experts in either the history or practice of the martial arts, the last six decades of popular culture have given most individuals in the west a set of shared beliefs and impressions about these fighting systems. …