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Lightsaber Combat and the Value of Myth in the Martial Arts

  Solo, the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise, opens around the country tonight.  As such, it is only fitting that I share with readers of Kung Fu Tea my latest article, co-authored with Chad Eisner.  This piece was... Continue Reading →

Explaining “Openness” and “Closure” in Kung Fu, Lightsaber Combat and Modern Martial Arts

  An Eternal Debate   Some of the most persistent, and for students of Martial Arts Studies most significant, issues revolve around the choices individuals are forced to make.  I was introduced to Wing Chun in what I would characterize... Continue Reading →

May the 4th Be With You: Rhythm in the Chinese Martial Arts and Lightsaber Combat

***It is May the 4th, everyone's favorite Star Wars themed, merchandise based, holiday!  As regular readers know I occasionally write about the Lightsaber Combat Community.  Here is an essay touching on the importance of rhythm in the practice of various... Continue Reading →

Lightsaber Combat and Wing Chun: The Search for Meaning in the Modern Martial Arts

  ***I am current on the road for the annual Martial Arts Studies conference at Cardiff University in the UK.  As soon as I return home I will be posting a full report of the event and sharing the text... Continue Reading →

Facing Down a Wooden Dummy, and the Myth of “Perfect Practice”

  “Practice does not make perfect.  Only perfect practice makes perfect.”  - Vince Lombardi   The Bane of my Existence   I have spent a lot of time thinking about Vince Lombardi’s famous maxim on the value of practice.  I... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: Kung Fu at the American School in Shanghai, 1936

      Martial Arts Exhibitions, Old and New   Earlier today I saw a Facebook notice reminding me that I am about to miss an event with the lightsaber combat group that I am currently doing an ethnography with. ... Continue Reading →

“I am a Jedi (knight), like my father before me.” Authenticity and Legitimacy in the Martial Arts

    A Dance Studio in a Galaxy Far, Far Away   “You, put your phone down!” I looked around, unsure about the sudden exclamation from the instructor who had just been summing up the essential concepts of the drills... Continue Reading →

Historic Martial Arts Manuals and the Limits of Authenticity

        Situating the Martial Culture of Shii-cho   All of the Jedi I know speak with an accent.  A particularly keen observer might notice them as they walk into the Central Martial Arts Academy, shedding their boots... Continue Reading →

Interview with the No Wax Needed Podcast

  I recently had a chance to sit down with Itamar Zadoff who runs the "No Wax Needed" podcast.  Itamar is one of the up and coming martial arts studies scholars who I had the pleasure to meet at our... Continue Reading →

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