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Through a Lens Darkly (35): Chinese Soldiers and the Ring Hilted Dao (Saber)

  Chinese Officer and Soldier with Ring Hilted Sabers   Today's post is an early Christmas gift.  When I first decided that it would be wise (for research purposes) to collect and catalog images of period martial artists, I was... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (34): The Chinese and Japanese Martial Arts in WWII-era Japanese Military Postcards

  Introduction   The martial arts can speak to a number of important questions, but perhaps to none as directly as popular attitudes towards violence. Much of my recent research has looked at what the organization of martial arts groups... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (25): A Sawback Dadao in Hangzhou

    The Album   Recently I had the good fortune to come across a photograph of a Chinese dadao (big knife) that dates to the late 1930s. Images such as these were sometimes collected by Japanese soldiers in occupied... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (24): Captured Chinese Swords and Traditional Weapons

  Introduction Conflict seems to inspire trophy hunting. In the west this often takes the form of fading photographs of someone’s grandfather holding a vintage Luger. A large number of katanas also made their way back to the United States... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (13): The Dadao and the Militarization of the Chinese Martial Arts

  ***One of the questions that I have been attempting to tackle in my more recent writing is the degree to which we should be thinking about the "traditional" Chinese martial arts as a quintessentially modern activity.  From the perspective... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (23): The Dadao and the Katana – Symbolic Echoes Within the Modern Martial Arts

Introduction No topic within the study of the modern martial arts is more burdened with nationalist myths and legends than military fencing. By the middle of the 20th century blades were supposed to have become obsolete on the battlefield. Yet... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (19): China’s other Swords during World War II.

Introduction It is clear that weapons training is enjoying a renaissance within the modern martial arts community.  Recently some of this attention has come to focus on the blades of the Second World War.  It is interesting to speculate on... Continue Reading →

Bridges and Big Knives: The Use of the “Big Knife” saber in the Chinese Republican Army

By Brian L. Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo Brian L. Kennedy has been kind enough to kick off our "2013 Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies" with the following guest post.  In this article he revisits some of his previous research... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (13): The Dadao and the Militarization of the Chinese Martial Arts

Introduction It is dangerous to make sweeping statements about the development of the traditional Chinese martial arts during the early 20th century.  This was an important period for the hand combat community.  Between 1900 and 1949 the complex of behaviors... Continue Reading →

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