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Doing Research (1): Fieldwork Methods in Martial Arts Studies by D. S. Farrer

  Introduction It is my distinct pleasure to introduce the first entry in a new series of guest posts titled "Doing Research."  Compared to other fields of scholarly inquiry, Martial Arts Studies has a distinctly democratic flavor.  This stems from... Continue Reading →

What Does Martial Arts Studies Owe the Kung Fu Community?

  “No man can do justice to another’s human total.” -Victor Turner, The Forest of Symbols (1967, p. 150).   Introduction   If culture is understood as a system of interlocking signs, a complex of meanings, beliefs and practices that... Continue Reading →

Dr. Daniel Amos Discusses Marginality, Martial Arts Studies and the Modern Development of Southern Chinese Kung Fu

     Introduction We are very happy that Dr. Daniel M. Amos has been able to take the time to visit Kung Fu Tea.  In the following interview he discusses his research and shares some of his many insights on... Continue Reading →

Acquiring “Dark Powers” in the Southern Mantis Tradition: D. S. Farrer Examines the role of animals in the Chinese martial arts.

Introduction: Becoming Invulnerable in Southern Mantis Kung Fu The traditional Chinese martial arts are rich in animal symbolism.  Tigers, dragons, cranes, snakes and monkeys are common fixtures in the legends and folklore of these systems.  Some styles are imitative in... Continue Reading →

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