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Striking Distance: Charles Russo Recounts the Rise of the Chinese Martial Arts in America

  Charles Russo. 2016. Striking Distance: Bruce Lee & the Dawn of Martial Arts in America. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 264 pages. $24.95 USD (Hardcover)   Anyone can tell you that it is easier to review a good book... Continue Reading →

Internal Elixir Cultivation: Robert Coons on the Nature of Daoist Meditation

Robert James Coons. 2015. Internal Elixir Cultivation: The Nature of Daoist Meditation.  Tambuli Media. 140 pp. $22.95   Introduction   Recently Dr. Mark Wiley, who runs Tambuli Media, sent me a copy of a book that he thought I would... Continue Reading →

“The Professor in the Cage”: Can Gottschall Bring Science to the Study of Violence?

    A Surprise at the Bookstore   A remarkable thing happened on the way to the airport. Knowing that I would be spending a disturbingly large amount of my summer on various airplanes, I decided to make the most... Continue Reading →

The Book Club: Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Meiji Japan (Chapter 5): Vital States, Sick Nations and the Confucian Body.

    Introduction   This post is the third and final installment of our short series reviewing Denis Gainty’ 2013 book Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Meiji Japan (Routledge). Readers new to this work may want to review... Continue Reading →

Researching the Martial Arts with Jonathan Bluestein

      Introduction: Two Types of “Martial Arts Books”   For supposedly oral traditions, the Asian martial arts have generated a surprising number of books. Broadly speaking these fall into two separate categories. The first are book “of” martial... Continue Reading →

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 →

The Book Club: Chinese Kung Fu by Wang Guangxi

Wang Guangxi. 2012. Chinese Kung Fu. Cambridge University Press. 115 pages. Introduction The prestigious Cambridge University Press published not one but two books on the topic of the Chinese martial arts in 2012. Most students of martial studies will already... Continue Reading →

The Book Club: Chinese Archery by Stephen Selby, Part II: Popular Texts, Qigong and the Military Exams.

  This is the second section of our two part discussion of Chinese Archery (2000, Hong Kong University Press) by Stephen Selby.  In part one we examined the first half of his book which covered the earliest written records of... Continue Reading →

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