***Ah the book club! I had almost forgotten about these posts. They were a common feature of Kung Fu Tea's early days as I tried to give several of the "classics" a very close reading. Maybe it is something that... Continue Reading →
Introduction I have noticed a persistent tendency by some to strive to maintain an artificial barrier between the physicality of martial arts practice one the one hand, and the myriad ways it is discussed in literature, film and popular culture... Continue Reading →
***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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →