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The Last Shall be First: Finding Meaning in the Martial Arts

    Barnum’s Daughter   I was recently watching the news when I saw a brief segment on “the last” Japanese swordsmith.  The whole things is a little overwrought as there are lots of individuals making swords in Japan today,... Continue Reading →

Bruce Lee, Ip Man and The Anxiety of Influence

The Master Said: “I transmit, I do not create. I trust and love the ancients…” -Confucius, The Analects 7.1 I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to... Continue Reading →

Deconstructing Martial Arts, Constructing Martial Arts Studies

    ***The following guest post has been generously provided by Paul Bowman.  It is significant in a number of respects, providing us with both a summery and commentary on the ongoing debate over the definition of "martial arts."  Bowman... Continue Reading →

What Can a Martial Body Do For Society? – Or, Theory Before Definition in Martial Arts Studies by Paul Bowman

    Greetings from Germany! I am current attending the 5th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Sport Science's Martial Arts Commission at the Sports University of Cologne.  I will soon be delivering my keynote address (titled "Creating Wing... Continue Reading →

Is Martial Studies Doomed to Disappoint? A Reader Response.

By Stanford Chiou This post is my contribution to the recent discussion at Kung Fu Tea on the place of theory in martial studies (see here and here). There is no escaping the assumptions—or “theories”—on which perspectives are built, and... Continue Reading →

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