Two Views on the Indian Martial Arts

  Introduction Greetings from Germany, where I am now enjoying a much anticipated conference dedicated to the study of fightbooks hosted by the German Blade Museum.  I will be posting both the text of my keynote and a full report on the conference once I get back to the United States.  In the mean time…

Making Martial Arts Studies Matter

      Introduction Greetings!  If all has gone according to plan, I am now on a plane returning to the United States from Korea.  I will be posting both my paper and a full report on the conference later.  But first I need to head to Germany for the much anticipated Fightbook Conference which…

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…

Star Wars: An American Martial Arts Film Franchise?

***On November 19th at 4 pm I will be taking part in a live-chat (broadcast on YouTube) on ethnographic research in the martial arts and lightsaber combat.  This is exciting as a number of very interesting people will be joining the discussion including Damon Honeycutt (an early pioneer of LSC who is now in a…

A Killing Art

  Introduction Greetings from my short writing sabbatical! There are two subjects that have been on my mind.  The first is Korea as I spent much of the day editing a 15 page conference presentation down to a svelte 7 pages for an event that will be held at Cheongju University in the first week…

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: September 11th, 2017: The Back to School Edition!

  Introduction   Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News!”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing important events, this column also considers how the Asian hand combat systems are portrayed in the mainstream media. While…