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Essential Kung Fu Cinema (3): A Touch of Zen

***I am very happy to welcome Rob Argent back to Kung Fu Tea.  This is the third post in his ongoing series introducing some of the essential Kung Fu films which have helped to define the genera.  The first discussed... Continue Reading →

Reevaluating the “Theater of Combat”: A Critical Look at Charles Holcombe, Popular Religion and the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts.

Kung Fu and Religion: The Emergence of the Modern Debate. For most of the 20th century western academics paid little attention to the Chinese martial arts.  Popular culture did not elicit much interest from scholars who were more engaged with... Continue Reading →

From the Archives: Spiritual Kung Fu – Can Wing Chun be a Secular Religion?

IntroductionThis article was first posted on August 3rd, 2012, making it one of the very first things I ever wrote for Kung Fu Tea.  It was also my first review of an academic article, and my first attempt to deal... Continue Reading →

The Book Club: The Shaolin Monastery by Meir Shahar: Introduction and Chapters 1-2.

Welcome to the Chinese Martial Studies Book Club This is the first post in new experimental series here at Kung Fu Tea. The goal of the “book club” is to introduce readers to some of the classic works on martial... Continue Reading →

Does Wing Chun need a “spiritual” center? Is it Confucianism?

Spiritual Kung Fu Revisited I recently read something by a somewhat prominent writer on the martial arts that made me sit up and take notice.  The author (who remains nameless as I am about to criticize him) noted that a... Continue Reading →

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