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History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 8 – Lineage, Transmission and Legitimacy

  A Quick COVID-19 Note First off, apologies are in order.  My blogging has been irregular and we have gotten behind with our weekly updates on the "History of East Asian Martial Arts" class being taught by Prof. TJ Hinrichs... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 7 – Buddhism and Martial Arts

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 →

Evaluating Swords: A Lost Martial Text from the Han Dynasty

    Introduction No modern civilization enjoys a longer and richer history than China.  Yet accessing it can be a challenge for scholars. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the study of martial arts. The oldest existing Chinese hand... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 6 – China and the Qing Era Martial Literati

    Introduction Welcome to week six of “History of East Asian Martial Arts.”  This series follows the readings being used in Prof. TJ Hinrichs’ undergraduate course of the same name at Cornell University.  This is a great opportunity for... Continue Reading →

LK Chen and the Rebirth of the Han Jian

    Introduction Over the last year many Chinese martial arts students in the West have become aware of the replica Han dynasty weapons currently being produced by LK Chen in Guangdong.  These high-quality pieces are all the more attractive... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 5 – Peacetime Bushi and Urban Gangsters

  Introduction Welcome to week five of “History of East Asian Martial Arts.”  This series follows the readings being used in Prof. TJ Hinrichs’ undergraduate course of the same name at Cornell University.  This is a great opportunity for readers... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: Feb 16, 2020 – Kung Fu in a time of Coronavirus

  It has been way too long since our last news update so now is the perfect time to get caught up on recent events! For new readers, this is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 4 – Rebels and the Chinese Martial Arts

  Introduction Welcome to week four of "History of East Asian Martial Arts."  This series follows the readings being used in Prof. TJ Hinrichs' undergraduate course of the same name at Cornell University.  This is a great opportunity for readers... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: An Ancient Form of Physical Culture (1955)

  Introduction I have been reviewing every issue of China Reconstructs as part of my ongoing research on how successive governments attempted to use martial arts (and traditional culture more generally) to generate soft power and shape the image of China within... Continue Reading →

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