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Hung Gar

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 →

Telling Stories about Wong Fei Hung and Ip Man: The Evolution of a Heroic Type

****We recently completed the "500 Likes" challenge at the Kung Fu Tea Facebook group.  As a result I let the readers vote on what two articles they would most like to see covered.  There were a lot of good suggestions... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: June 10th, 2013: The Good, the Bad and the Very Sad.

Introduction "Chinese Martial Arts in the News" is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea.  Every three or four weeks I try to conduct a roundup of the major stories affecting the Chinese martial arts.  Special attention is payed... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (10): “They have a cannon?” Chinese Martial Arts Schools as Local Militia Units, 1896-1940.

Introduction I recently came across a very interesting photograph.  It was taken by the important (if under-appreciated) combat photographer Sha Fei sometime between 1938 and 1940.  At that point in time he was documenting the progress of the 8th Route... Continue Reading →

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