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Two Encounters with Bruce Lee: Finding Reality in the Life of the Little Dragon

      John Little (ed.) 2000. Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon. Rutland: Tuttle Publishing.   Tommy Gong. 2014. Bruce Lee: The Evolution of a Martial Artist, 2nd edition. Black Belt Books, a Division of Ohara... Continue Reading →

Sugong: Exploring a Shaolin Kung Fu Tradition

  ***As I mentioned last week I have received some good news regarding my manuscript on the social history of Wing Chun and the Southern Chinese martial arts.  Unfortunately that means that I need to free up some additional time... Continue Reading →

Cheung Lai Chuen, Creator of Pak Mei (White Eyebrow)

But First An Announcement I have received some very exciting news regarding my manuscript on the social history of Wing Chun and the southern Chinese martial arts.  Hopefully I will be making a more specific announcement about that in the... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (12): Tang Hao – The First Historian of the Chinese Martial Arts

Introduction: The Problem of History in the Life of a Historian Tang Hao is not a household name, even among avid practitioners of the traditional Chinese martial arts.  While little known outside of certain specialized circles, few people have had... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (9): Woman Ding Number Seven: Founder of the Fujian Yongchun Boxing Tradition

Introduction: Gender and the History of the Chinese Martial Arts Women are a challenging subject in Chinese martial studies.  One the one hand traditions about female boxers, nuns, bandits and heroes abound in the folklore of the “Rivers and Lakes.” ... Continue Reading →

The “Grand” Master: A Disenting View by Jon Nielson

****The first leg of my road trip is now complete.  I will not be back in my office for a couple of weeks but at this point I do have intermittent internet access.  One of the things that I found... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (7): Li Pei Xian and the Evolution of the Modern Chinese Martial Arts.

  Introduction: Critiquing the Conceptual Coherence of the Martial Arts.  In this installment of the “Lives of the Chinese Martial Artists” series we will be looking at the life and career of Li Pei Xian.  While a regionally important individual... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (2): Cheung Lai Chuen (pt. II)

  Introduction This is the second part of our biographical sketch of Cheung Lai Chuen.  The purpose of the "Lives of the Chinese Martial Artists" series is to better understand the diversity of life pathways and variety of personal experiences... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (2): Cheung Lai Chuen (Part I).

This post introduces the second chapter of our ongoing series exploring the lives and careers of martial artists in late 19th and early 20th century China.  Very often we artificially restrict our vision of what the traditional martial arts were... Continue Reading →

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