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Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (23): Fu Zhen Song – Southbound Tiger

  History as the cure for Ideology Everyone has a personal mental image of the Chinese martial arts.  The detail may vary, but there are some undeniably common elements.  Grainy photos, complex postures, exotic weapons, strangely vigorous old men. The... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 10 – Modernization of Chinese Martial Arts

  Introduction Welcome to week ten 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 →

Revisiting Marginality in the Martial Arts

  There are a number of popular topics within Martial Arts Studies which suggest the deeply interdisciplinary nature of our project.  Sociologists, following in the footsteps of Wacquant’s “Carnal Sociology” have invested much effort exploring notions such as habitus and embodiment... Continue Reading →

“Glory Days” and the Twilight of the Guoshu Movement

  ***My last update hinted at a couple of sources that I will be addressing in my upcoming keynote for this years (quickly approaching) martial arts studies conference.  But there is never enough time to get through everything you want... Continue Reading →

Meditations on the Blade, Ultra-Modernity and the Fine Art of Self-Promotion

    The Unexpected Giant Some of the essays at Kung Fu Tea are the result of several days of careful research and thinking.  This is not going to be one of those pieces. I started out with a great... Continue Reading →

Local Resistance and Guoshu: The Foshan Zhong Yi Martial Arts Athletic Association

      Guoshu in the Pearl River Delta In a recent post I attempted to move away from the triumphalist rhetoric that accompanies many popular discussions of the Guoshu movement and ask how its institutional limitations (rather than its... Continue Reading →

Bringing Northern Styles South: A Brief History of the Liangguang Guoshu Institute

    Transforming Southern Martial Culture   How did Taijiquan, now ubiquitous, establish itself in Southern China?  What about the other northern Shaolin systems? I would think that the lion’s share of the credit must go to the Jingwu Association... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts and the Body Politic: A Review in Memory of Denis Gainty

    Denis Gainty. 2013. Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Meiji Japan. London and New York: Routledge. 208 pages. $55 USD. Reviewed by Benjamin N. Judkins.   The passing of Denis Gainty in 2017 robbed the martial arts studies... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (22): Wang Ziping and the Strength of the Nation

    Telling a Tale   Brief biographical sketches of Chinese martial artists are some of my favorite posts to write.  I am not sure why, but I find the challenge of reconstructing a very different type of life, or... Continue Reading →

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