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Black Karate in the Chicago Ghetto, Localizing an Art

  Introduction Like so many others, I currently find it difficult to focus on the task at hand. Unlike most other people, the “happy place” I keep retreating to is the martial arts history of China’s Republic period (1912-1949). That... Continue Reading →

Bruce Lee and the Problem with Being Water

  A Modest Proposal Numerous commentators have noted that this is a tough time to be a bronze statue. Icons of the 18th and 19th century slave owning class are vanishing from the public landscape in the United States, while... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (64): Military Exercise Among the Chinese

Photography vs Illustration There was just some discussion on the Kung Fu Tea Facebook page of a 19th century illustration generously shared by Scott M. Rodell.  The scene showed half a dozen soldiers relaxing at a guard house or yamen... Continue Reading →

Invest in Loss: Hope for Traditional Martial Arts

  It was the best of times…. I like going to the gym.  My reasons are not overly complicated.  Nice treadmills are surprisingly expensive and running outside in the dead of winter (or the dog days of summer) is not... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Weeks 12-14: Politics of Film and Online Instruction

  Introduction Welcome to our final discussion of the “History of East Asian Martial Arts.”  This series follows the readings being used in Prof. TJ Hinrichs’ undergraduate course of the same name at Cornell University.  This is a great opportunity... Continue Reading →

Do martial arts make better citizens? How the pandemic answers a classic question.

    "Do martial arts really make for more pro-social citizens? How the pandemic can help us answering that." By Andrea Molle   Martial Arts Studies in Interesting Times “May you live in interesting times,” also known as the “Chinese... Continue Reading →

BJJ in the Age of Zoom

    Introduction This is the eighth guest post in our series examining the ways that the current health crisis has impacted those of us who sit at the intersection of martial arts practice, communities of martial artists, and Martial... Continue Reading →

Thriving in Pandemictown and Its Guilt

    Introduction Welcome to the seventh guest post (by Adam Frank) in our ongoing series examining the ways that the current health crisis has impacted those of us who sit at the intersection of martial arts practice, communities of... Continue Reading →

Reflections on Training Alone: Martial Arts in a Time of Pandemic

  Introduction This is the fifth guest post in our short series examining the ways that the current health crisis has impacted those of us who sit at the intersection of martial arts practice, communities of martial artists, and Martial... Continue Reading →

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