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Qilin Dancing During the Lunar New Year and Southern Chinese Martial Arts

  Introduction: What is a Qilin and why do they dance? Let me start off by wishing everyone a happy New Year!  Since multiple holidays fall on the same weekend this year, I am current away from the office visiting... Continue Reading →

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 →

Through a Lens Darkly (50): Catching Up With A Group of Chinese Archers, and a Few Soldiers

  Old Friends One of the more rewarding things that I have been able to do with this blog has been to showcase previously unseen, or rare, images of Chinese martial arts.  I have tried to keep these photos, engravings,... Continue Reading →

1928: Boxing, Dance and Self-Determination at the Edge of China

  Tibet has been on my mind. Far removed from the near tropical waters of the Pearl River Delta, it certainly falls outside of my normal research area. The region has its own martial and weapons traditions which are of... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: Feb. 5th, 2018 – Kung Fu in Global Markets, and Global Arts in China

    Introduction Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News!”  Things have been busy with the release of the new issue of the journal, so we haven’t had a proper news roundup in a while.  Lots has been happening in... Continue Reading →

Rebellion and the Chinese Martial Arts

Rebel Yell Its hard to deny that there is something a bit subversive about the martial arts. Or maybe that’s not quite right. Dutiful law enforcement officers and loyal soldiers spend as much time actually training in these systems as... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (49): Kung Fu at Springfield College, 1917

Introduction When we think about the early history of the Chinese martial arts in the United States we tend to focus our discussion on either San Francisco or New York. Los Angles, Chicago and Honolulu also make the short-list of... Continue Reading →

Deconstructing Martial Arts, Constructing Martial Arts Studies

    ***The following guest post has been generously provided by Paul Bowman.  It is significant in a number of respects, providing us with both a summery and commentary on the ongoing debate over the definition of "martial arts."  Bowman... Continue Reading →

Mixed Martial Arts in Shanghai, 1925

    I recently had a chance to explore and organize a large database of vintage newspaper articles. This material was gathered as part of my on-going “Kung Fu Diplomacy” project. Yet every so often I ran across news items... Continue Reading →

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