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Boxer Rebellion

Political Extremism, Violence and Martial Arts

  A Preamble Everyone knew that the situation was deteriorating, and recent events had sensitized government officials to the growing threat of extremist groups within the area’s largest martial arts networks. Local immigration and a shift in the neighborhood’s religious... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (50): Catching Up With A Group of Chinese Archers, and a Few Soldiers

  Old Friends One of the more rewarding things that I have been able to do with this blog has been to showcase previously unseen, or rare, images of Chinese martial arts.  I have tried to keep these photos, engravings,... Continue Reading →

Violence and the Martial Arts: Contagion or Cure?

      An Old Metaphor   Violence has many faces.  It may appear in an inter-personal, domestic, social or political form.  It’s physical aspects exist on a spectrum ranging from school yard fights all the way up to interstate... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (45): Creative Collages and Dueling Mythologies of the Chinese Martial Arts

    Romanticizing the Chinese Martial Arts   Vintage postcards or other ephemera may be interesting to students of martial arts studies for a variety of reasons.  When assessing this material, we are often drawn to photographic images that might... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (13): Zhao San-duo—19th Century Plum Flower Master and Reluctant Rebel

  The Yellow River Breaches its Course. Water Album by Ma Yuan. Source: Wikimedia.   ***I am happy to report that the book chapter that I have been working is going well and that I can finally see some light... Continue Reading →

How did China’s Boxers become “The Boxers”?

    A Girl Who Lived with Monkeys   No text can be read in isolation.  Each is connected to other works through a network of invisible threads.  These are the product of suggestion, desire, memory and meaning.   The... Continue Reading →

A Sword’s Story

      What is it?     The first question seems straight forward.  This sword was purchased at auction a few years ago.  It is a short saber, often called a duandao by martial artists. Its blade is just... Continue Reading →

The Boxer Rebellion and Stories We Tell about Chinese Martial Arts

      Confronting the Boxers   It is probably an irony that I have written so little on the Boxer Uprising during my casual and academic discussion of the martial arts.  It was a chance encounter with the Boxers... Continue Reading →

Another Look at a “Young Boxer” – Martial Arts and National Humiliation in Early 20th Century China

    Another Look at a “Young Boxer” – Martial Arts and National Humiliation in Early 20th Century China By Benjamin Judkins and Doug Wile     Introduction   Earlier this year I published an image of a “Young Boxer”... Continue Reading →

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