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Research Note: General Ma Liang’s ‘New Wushu’ Comes to America (1924)

Introduction I am always on the look out for vintage newspaper accounts of Chinese martial arts for my database. While it takes some digging, it is not that difficult to get a sense of what is happening in the English... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: Ma Liang’s 1923 Wushu Tournament and Charity Demonstration

  Introduction   The following research note is part of our ongoing series discussing the career and contribution of Ma Liang (187?-1947).  As I mentioned in the first essay, Ma can legitimately be considered a pioneering figure in the modernization... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: “The Practical Isn’t Pretty”: General Qi Jiguang on Martial Arts for Soldiers

    Introduction This is the second guest post contributed by Sascha Matuszak to help keep things interesting here at Kung Fu Tea while I am in the UK attending the Martial Arts Studies conference at Cardiff University.  Like the... Continue Reading →

The Problem of the Phoenix Village Boxing Club: Rural Martial Arts in Republic Era Guangdong

    Introduction: Village Life in the Urban Imagination In 1925 Teachers College of Columbia University published the first comprehensive modern sociological study of village life in Southern China. The topic itself was not new. As Virgil K. Ho has... Continue Reading →

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