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Revisiting Alfred Lister: The Noble Art of Self-Defense in China (Part II)

  Introduction This is the second half of our two part series on the life and writings of Alfred Lister.  A civil servant in Hong Kong during the second half of the 19th century, Lister provided his readers with some... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (11): Mok Kwai Lan – The Mistress of Hung Gar.

  ***In honor of the recent celebration of Mother's Day.  Enjoy!***   Introduction This post is the third entry in our series examining the lives of female Chinese martial artists.  While it is the case that the vast majority of... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: September 11th, 2017: The Back to School Edition!

  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 addition to discussing important events, this column... Continue Reading →

Recovering Alfred Lister: The Noble Art of Self-Defense in China (Part II)

Introduction This is the second half of our two part series on the life and writings of Alfred Lister.  A civil servant in Hong Kong during the second half of the 19th century, Lister provided his readers with some of... Continue Reading →

2015 Christmas Shopping List: Martial Arts Equipment and Long Reads to Get You Through the Winter Months

    “In business, be competent. In action, watch the timing. No fight: No blame.”   Introduction I bet you didn’t know that the Dao De Jing was full of Christmas shopping advice. It turns out that it is, and... Continue Reading →

2014 Christmas Shopping List: Martial Arts Equipment and Long Reads to Get you Through the Winter Months.

      Introduction     Another year has come and gone, yet it seems that all of the eternal questions remain.  What is the meaning of life?   Is beauty purely subjective?  How could it have possibly have dumped three... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: October 21, 2014: Umbrella Kung Fu, The Chinese Martial Arts in Films and Mr Bean Does an Awsome Wooden Dummy Form

    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 addition to discussing... Continue Reading →

A Hung Gar Story: Community, Memory and Reality in Hong Kong.

  Introduction   The academic life has a sense of seasonality. In a world dedicated to the creation and multiplication of identical, homogeneous and interchangeable units of “work,” this is increasingly rare. I think that it is safe to say... Continue Reading →

The 19th Century Hudiedao (Butterfly Sword) on Land and Sea

  Introduction Understanding the actual history and use of hudiedao (or Butterfly Swords) reflects the challenges faced by students of martial studies more generally. These short paired swords, with their distinctive D-shaped hand guards, are one of the most commonly... Continue Reading →

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