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Salvage as Method in Martial Arts Studies

  ***What follows is the text of my keynote address delivered at the 2019 Exploring Imperial China Workshop held on June 5-6 at Tel Aviv University.  I would like to thank both the Department of East Asian Studies and the... Continue Reading →

The Problem of Presentism in the Chinese “Martial Arts”

  ***Greetings. I am currently hard at work on a few different research projects.  One of these involves quite a bit of thinking (and reading) about the process of "standard setting" in an international context and what implications this might... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Deconstructing Martial Arts

Paul Bowman. 2019. Deconstructing the Martial Arts. Cardiff: Cardiff University Press. 165 pages.  Free to Download.     Introduction Summer is typically the time when scholars get caught up on their reading. Yet judging from the pile of books, manuscripts, dissertations... Continue Reading →

History and Myth in Lightsaber Combat

  Introduction In the coming months I expect that readers will be seeing a few new blog posts discussing my ongoing work with the Lightsaber Combat community.  I have a chapter and conference paper that will be looking at performance... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: July 8, 2019: Summer Fun, and Bruce Lee Gets Political

  Introduction It is so hot outside that it is almost impossible to think about training, which means that there is no better time to get caught up on news - particularly if some of these stories give you something... Continue Reading →

Pilgrimage and Travel in Martial Arts Training

Bear up under days of cold and heat, withstand exposure to wind, rain, sleet. Walk mountains and difficult paths. Do not sleep under a roof; consider it fundamental to sleep out in the open. Be patient with hunger and cold.... Continue Reading →

Columbia and Venezuela: The Political Economy of Stick and Machete Fighting in the New World – Part 2

Introduction Greetings, and welcome to the second part of Michael J. Ryan's guest series on stick and knife fighting in the Caribbean region.  If you missed the first installment of this series I would suggest clicking here to get caught... Continue Reading →

Stickman doh ‘fraid no damom: Stick and machete fighting in the New world – Part 1

  What follows is the first part of a short series on New World stick and knife fighting traditions by my friend Dr. Michael J. Ryan (SUNY Oneonta).  I first became aware of this vast and fascinating body of material when... Continue Reading →

Revisiting Marginality in the Martial Arts

  There are a number of popular topics within Martial Arts Studies which suggest the deeply interdisciplinary nature of our project.  Sociologists, following in the footsteps of Wacquant’s “Carnal Sociology” have invested much effort exploring notions such as habitus and embodiment... Continue Reading →

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