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Kung Fu, City Defense and the Art of “Saving Lives”

      Kai Filipiak. 2012. “'Saving Lives'—Lu Kun’s Manual on City Defense.” Journal of Chinese Military History. 139-188.   Introduction Winter is a great time to catch up on one’s reading. And if you run a blog that means... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: March 17th, 2014: The St. Patrick’s Day Edition!

Introduction Welcome to the St. Patrick's day edition of “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 impact the the traditional fighting arts. ... Continue Reading →

From the Archives: David Palmer on writing better martial arts history and understanding the sources of “Qi Cultivation” in modern Chinese popular culture.

Qigong Fever. by David Palmer. Columbia University Press, 2007.  ****I would like to thank to all of the individuals who participated in the 2013 Kung Fu Tea Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies.  A special thanks is also in order... Continue Reading →

From the Archives: Professor Kai Filipiak Discusses the State of the Discipline.

A stylized rendition of a Japanese Tengu. These mountain demons were sometimes imagined as great teachers of martial wisdom. ***While typing up the ongoing roundtable discussion between Prof. Paul Bowman and myself on the state of martial studies, it occurred... Continue Reading →

David Palmer on writing better martial arts history and understanding the sources of “Qi Cultivation” in modern Chinese popular culture.

  Catching Qigong Fever. I have read my fair share of books on religion in late imperial and modern China.  Unfortunately I had been neglecting a classic.  In 2007 David Palmer released a volume titled Qigong Fever: Body, Science and... Continue Reading →

A Year in the Chinese Martial Arts: The Events and Stories that Shaped 2012, Part I

Introduction New Years is upon us and that means that it is time to sit back and reflect on the year's accomplishments and events.  This is particularly important in the martial arts as only through studying our actions and responses... Continue Reading →

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