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Addiction, Wellness and Martial Arts

    Winning and Losing In the movies martial artists win their battles.  Early losses, inserted into a script for the purposes of “character development,” are redeemed in a climatic final scene.  Those of us who train, however, know that... Continue Reading →

Li Pei Xian and the Evolution of Modern Chinese “Martial Arts”

  ***Greetings! I am currently preparing for the upcoming Martial Arts Studies conference in Cardiff.  As such we will be taking a deep dive into the archives for today's post.  This essay and biographical sketch was first published four years... Continue Reading →

The Invisibility of Kung Fu: Two Accounts of the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts

      Introduction: Race and the Invisibility of the Chinese Martial Arts     There is some debate as to which statesman can rightfully claim the honor of being the “first” American advisor employed by China’s new Republican government.... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: December 8th, 2014: Zhang Sanfeng, Viral Wushu and Ip Man comes to the UK

        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... Continue Reading →

Imagining the Martial Arts: Hand Combat Training as a Tool of the Nation

Introduction: The Martial Arts and National Identity in the Popular Imagination While few people can really claim to be experts in either the history or practice of the martial arts, the last six decades of popular culture have given most... Continue Reading →

A Year in the Chinese Martial Arts: The Top Events and Stories that Shaped 2013, Part II

Introduction New Years is a time to take a moment to reflect on where we have been.  After all, the first step in making a useful resolution is to engage in a little self-reflection.  While this is certainly true for... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: November 4th, 2013: New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai

Introduction "Chinese Martial Arts in the News" is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea.  In these posts I attempt to round-up and briefly discuss the major stories affecting the world of the traditional Chinese fighting systems.  I always... Continue Reading →

Essential Kung Fu Cinema (1): Fists of Fury

By Rob Argent ***I am very happy to welcome Rob Argent back to Kung Fu Tea.  Rob's first guest post was a study of the martial arts in video games which he contributed to the 2013 Web Symposium on Chinese... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (7): Li Pei Xian and the Evolution of the Modern Chinese Martial Arts.

Introduction: Critiquing the Conceptual Coherence of the Martial Arts.  In this installment of the “Lives of the Chinese Martial Artists” series we will be looking at the life and career of Li Pei Xian.  While a regionally important individual I... Continue Reading →

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