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Benjamin Judkins

Martial Arts Studies – Issue 9 Release

  Introduction At a time when practically everything has been "paused," Paul Bowman and I are thrilled to announce that the ninth issue of Martial Arts Studies has just been published on the Cardiff University Press webpage and is now... Continue Reading →

Deconstructing Martial Arts, Constructing Martial Arts Studies

    ***The following guest post has been generously provided by Paul Bowman.  It is significant in a number of respects, providing us with both a summery and commentary on the ongoing debate over the definition of "martial arts."  Bowman... Continue Reading →

Imagining Ip Man: Globalization and the Growth of Wing Chun Kung Fu

  ***I am current on the road for the annual Martial Arts Studies conference at Cardiff University in the UK.  As soon as I return home I will be posting a full report of the event and sharing the text... Continue Reading →

Cyber Monday: Read Chapter 1 of The Creation of Wing Chun – A Social History of the Southern Chinese Martial Arts

  Given that today is "Cyber Monday," one of the largest on-line shopping days of the year, it is only fitting that I give something away.  A reader recently informed me that the State University of New York Press has... Continue Reading →

On Knowing Your Lineage by Paul Bowman

    Introduction   Our essay for today is a guest-post of sorts, reblogged from Paul Bowman's always excellent (and aptly named) Martial Arts Studies.   He sent me a link to this post and I have been giving it a... Continue Reading →

Is Martial Studies Doomed to Disappoint? A Reader Response.

By Stanford Chiou This post is my contribution to the recent discussion at Kung Fu Tea on the place of theory in martial studies (see here and here). There is no escaping the assumptions—or “theories”—on which perspectives are built, and... Continue Reading →

Roundtable Discussion on the State of Martial Studies with Paul Bowman and Ben Judkins, Part II.

A statue of a Tengu dressed as an ascetic mystic on a mountain pilgrimage. Source: Christian Bauer via Wikimedia. Introduction Welcome to the second part of our roundtable discussion of the fields of martial studies/Chinese martial studies.  If you are... Continue Reading →

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