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Capoeira

Capoeira as Graceful Resistance

  ***I am happy to announce that our first substantive essay for 2018 will be a guest post by Lauren Miller Griffith.  While this is Prof. Griffith's first appearance on Kung Fu Tea she is already  leaving her mark on... Continue Reading →

Read it Now: Summer 2017 Issue of Martial Arts Studies!

  Get the Issue Now! The last week has been a whirlwind of travel, fieldwork and conferences.  I am now back and cannot wait to tell you more about it.  But before we delve into conference discussions and after-action reports,... Continue Reading →

“I am a Jedi (knight), like my father before me.” Authenticity and Legitimacy in the Martial Arts

    A Dance Studio in a Galaxy Far, Far Away   “You, put your phone down!” I looked around, unsure about the sudden exclamation from the instructor who had just been summing up the essential concepts of the drills... Continue Reading →

Pilgrimage, Legitimacy and the Shape of the Global Martial Arts Community

    Introduction   I recently stumbled across a 1930s English language newspaper, printed by some office within the Japanese government, designed to promote American tourism.  Leafing through its pages I discovered a glowing article about recent events at the... Continue Reading →

Capoeira and Silat: A Comparative Study of Fight Dancing in Brazil and Indonesia by Paul B. Mason

    Introduction   Greetings from the road!  I am currently undertaking some last minute preparations and then heading over to Cardiff University for the 2016 Martial Arts Studies Conference.  I am looking forward to getting together with old friends,... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: January 24th, 2016: Ip Man 3, An Exhibit of Antique Swords and Costco Moves into the Wooden Dummy Market

    Introduction   Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing... Continue Reading →

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