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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 →

Kung Fu and Soft Power: Why can’t the Chinese government capitalize on the popularity of the traditional fighting arts?

  Introduction: If Kung Fu is so popular, why can’t Wushu get into the Olympics? I am first and foremost a political scientist.  When I look at the “traditional Chinese martial arts” what I see is emerging trends in civil... Continue Reading →

The Book Club: Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man by Adam D. Frank: Chapter 4-8: Globalization, Modernization and Mobility in the Chinese Martial Arts.

This is the second half of our two part discussion of Adam D. Frank’s ethnographic study of identity and the traditional Chinese martial arts.  The first part of this review can be found here.  The “Book Club” is a semi-regular... Continue Reading →

The Book Club: Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man by Adam D. Frank: Introduction – Chapter 3: Body, Lineage, Space and Identity.

[This is the first post of the third installment of our "Book Club" series.  The goal of this series is to provide a detailed discussion of some important books within the field of Chinese martial studies, similar to what you... Continue Reading →

Nick Hurst Talks to Kung Fu Tea about Writing, Research, and Curating the Memory of a Shaolin Grandmaster.

Introduction This is the second part of our series on Sugong: The Life of a Shaolin Grandmaster (2012) by Nick Hurst.  If you have not already done so, be sure to check out the review here.  Nick is a great... Continue Reading →

Sugong: Nick Hurst Explores South East Asia’s Shaolin Kung Fu Tradition.

Nick Hust.  Sugong: The Life of a Shaolin Grandmaster. Sports Books. 2012. pp. 291. Introduction: Summer Reading for Chinese Martial Artists It is that time of year again.  It is the season when literally everyone I know packs a bag,... Continue Reading →

From the Archives: A Really Short Reading List on Chinese Martial Studies.

Introduction As I mentioned over at the Facebook group, I need to take a week off from Kung Fu Tea.  My father, who is also a college professor, is recovering from surgery and has asked to me cover some of... Continue Reading →

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