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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 →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (8): Gu Ruzhang-Northern Shaolin Master and Southward Bound Tiger.

Introduction Gu Ruzhang is one of the best known martial artists of the Republic of China era.  He is remembered today as a pioneer who helped to bring Northern Shaolin to Southern China.  Most accounts of his illustrious career start... Continue Reading →

Dissemination of Japanese Martial Arts to Korea

  Introduction Greetings!  I am currently on the road for a conference and workshop.  As such, I will be sharing some papers that were presented at the Martial Arts Studies Research Network's recent conference in Bath.  If you missed the... Continue Reading →

Traditional Chinese Martial Arts and the “YMCA Consensus”

      ***I am very excited to introduce the following guest post by my friend Scott Phillips.  In this essay Scott draws on his extensive study of modern Chinese religious and social history in an attempt to develop a... Continue Reading →

“Now With Kung Fu Grip”: Jared Miracle and the Reinvention of the Martial Arts in America

    Jared Miracle. 2016. Now with Kung Fu Grip! How Bodybuilders, Soldiers and a Hairdresser Reinvented Martial Arts for America. Jefferson, North Carolina:McFarland & Company. 185 pages. $29.95     Introduction   Now with Kung Fu Grip is the... Continue Reading →

Alex Gillis Talks about Tae Kwon Do, Controversy and Researching Martial Arts History

  Introduction     One of the first books that I reviewed on this blog was A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do by Alex Gillis.   To this day it remains one of my favorite discoveries and... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts History, Without Chronology

      Your mission, should choose to accept it…   Recently I have been invited to contribute chapters to a number of upcoming projects.  I am still attempting to decide what some of these should be, but in two... Continue Reading →

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