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Lau Bun-A Kung Fu Pioneer in America

   Choy Li Fut’s place in southern Chinese martial culture. Let me ask you a question.  What was the largest and most socially important martial art in Guangdong during the late 19th and early 20th century?  What was the first... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (4): Sun Lutang’s Unified Theory of the Chinese Martial Arts: Daoist Spirituality, Health and Boxing (Part III)

Sun Lutang and the Field of Chinese Martial Studies This post is the third and final installment of our three part review of the life and contributions of Sun Lutang.  Sun was a master of Xingyi, Bagua and Taiji boxing... Continue Reading →

The Maiden of Yue and the Magnificent Chu

LK Chen's Magnificent Chu Jian. Source: LKChenswords.com   Rediscovering a Lost Sword Culture A single puzzle piece is useless on its own. Sometimes it takes one mystery to illuminate another.  Such is the case with the following text and sword.  Historians... Continue Reading →

How to get Stabbed with a Sword in China

  A Thought Experiment I suspect that anyone with even a passing interest in Chinese martial arts history has already compiled a mental list of the past masters and personalities that they would most like to visit on the off... Continue Reading →

The History and Global Transmission of Wing Chun (In Less than Five Thousand Words)

  I was recently invited to contribute an article to a forthcoming volume on the history and development of Wing Chun.  The catch was that it had to be less than five thousand words.  I have literally written hundreds of... Continue Reading →

Brian Kennedy and the Development of Chinese Martial Studies

  The Chinese martial studies community suffered a great loss with the recent passing of Brian Kennedy (1958-2019) at the age of 61.  Any such event is a tragedy, and this was all the more unexpected as Brian was active... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (51): Early Kendo in California

  Of Boy Scouts and Kendo A recent post focused on the role of the global scouting movement in promoting the spread of the Asian martial arts during the first half of the 20th century. In that essay I mentioned... 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 →

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... Continue Reading →

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