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The Bubishi: Innovation, Tradition and the Southern Chinese Martial Arts

    Introduction: A Secret Book   We have all seen the movie.  We have all had this dream.  A mysterious Kung Fu manual, purporting to relate the secrets of past masters, falls into your possession.  What will you find... Continue Reading →

Who “Owns” Kung Fu? Intangible Cultural Heritage, Globalization and the Decentering of the Asian Martial Arts

    "Inoue said the Japanese style of judo traditionally focused more on quantity rather than quality, trying to instill a tough mentality. But in Europe, which Inoue describes as “the mainstream of judo today,” judoka train more efficiently. “A... Continue Reading →

Our Fist is Black: Martial Arts, Black Arts, and Black Power in the 1960s and 1970s

***It is my very great pleasure to present the following guest post by Maryam Aziz.  A doctoral student at the University of Michigan, I first had the opportunity to meet her at the 2015 Martial Arts Studies conference at the... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: November 2, 2015: Sanda, Taijiquan and the Chinese Origins of Karate

  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,... Continue Reading →

The Tao of Tom and Jerry: Krug on the Appropriation of the Asian Martial Arts in Western Culture

The Mouse Always Wins In 1962 American theater audiences were treated to the sight of a mouse named “Jerry” repeatedly besting a cat named “Tom” through his mastery of Japanese Judo. Tom is more of a force of nature than... Continue Reading →

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