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Venezuelan Stick Fighting: What can we learn from the modernization of a vernacular fighting system?

    Introduction   The release of the Summer 2017 issue of Martial Arts Studies is fast approaching.  Paul and I have been quite busy over the last few weeks preparing the various articles and reviews for publication.  The contents of the issue look fantastic and a few of the pieces are going to be … Continue reading

Through a Lens Darkly (46): Two Scenes of Early 20th Century Muay Thai/Muay Boran

    As a researcher who focuses on the martial arts in modern China and North America, I do not claim any special expertise in the rich fighting traditions of South East Asia.  Still, one of the gratifying aspects of running a blog like this is being able to share the thrill of new discoveries. … Continue reading

Violence and the Martial Arts: Contagion or Cure?

      An Old Metaphor   Violence has many faces.  It may appear in an inter-personal, domestic, social or political form.  It’s physical aspects exist on a spectrum ranging from school yard fights all the way up to interstate war.  And as the recent attack on a group of Republican congressional representatives and staff … Continue reading

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: June 12th, 2017: London Attacks, Kung Fu in Hong Kong and Gene Ching is a Star!

  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. … Continue reading

An Opportunity to Document the Indian Martial Arts

    Introduction   Prof. Phillip Zarrilli’s  name will already be familiar to many.  His book, When the Body Becomes All Eyes: Paradigms, Discourses and Practices of Power in Kalarippayattu, a South Indian Martial Art (Oxford UP, 2000) was an important landmark in the development of Martial Arts Studies.  It provided readers with both the first … Continue reading

Orientalizing the Orient: Searching for Karate’s Budo Roots in Contemporary Egypt

  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 first or second presentation in this series, click here to see the discussion of … 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 first presentation in this series, click here for the discussion of “Bartitsu and Suffragette Jujitsu … Continue reading

Bartitsu and Suffragette Jujitsu of the Early 20th Century

      Introduction   Greetings!  I am traveling for a conference and workshop where I will attempt to convince a group of political scientists that they should pay attention to Martial Arts Studies. (If you would like to see my presentation click here).  As such, I have arranged something special for Kung Fu Tea … Continue reading

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (19): Cheng Zongyou, Shaolin’s Martial Missionary

    Introduction   Few individuals have influenced our understanding of the martial arts during the late Ming dynasty more than Cheng Zongyou.  His manuals provide historians a glimpse into a world of martial arts practice that is at the same time familiar and strange.  His works describe an environment that is characterized by a … Continue reading

An Introduction to Martial Arts and Public Diplomacy

    ***On May 11th and 12th I will be participating in a Political Science workshop at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah.  While there I will discuss my Kung Fu Diplomacy project.  The actual paper that I am submitting for review is one of my draft chapters from the manuscript.  But I am also … Continue reading

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