Communicating Embodied Knowledge in Martial Arts Studies, Part II

Introduction One of my few disappointments about the 2017 Martial Arts Studies conference was that a change in travel plans forced me to miss the final afternoon of the event.  As such, I was not able to take part in the closing workshop which addressed a number of topics that are important to the emerging…

Communicating Embodied Knowledge in Martial Arts Studies, Part 1

  Introduction One of my few disappointments about the 2017 Martial Arts Studies conference was that a change in travel plans forced me to miss the final afternoon of the event.  As such, I was not able to take part in the closing workshop which addressed a number of topics that are important to the…

Through a Lens Darkly (48): Opening the Stone Lock

  A Quick Update My other writing projects are continuing well, though weekends are never quite as productive as one might hope.  But my loss may be your gain in the shape of some fresh material here on the blog. It seems that among martial artists there has been renewed interest in “stone locks” and…

Lau Bun-A Kung Fu Pioneer in America

  Introduction Given that this post will be released on Columbus Day, I thought that it might be fun to think about some “new world” martial arts history.  Lau Bun was both a colorful and critical figure in the early Bay Area Chinese martial arts scene.  If you are interested in learning more about him…

Hand Combat Training as the School of the Nations

    My schedule over the next four to six weeks is going to be pretty crazy.  I have a couple of writing projects followed by some heavy duty transoceanic conference travel.  As such we will be dipping into our archives for some “deep cuts” and classic hits, with the occasional guest-post to keep things…

A 1918 Account of Traditional Martial Arts in the Chinese Labor Corps

    Introduction Co-authorship of today’s post is shared with Joseph Svinth, the editor of the EJMAS and multiple other important works on martial arts studies.   He brought the following account and historic photographs to my attention, and we both agreed that they were worth sharing here. It seemed as though the events of WWI…