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Love Fighting Hate Violence: An Anti-Violence Program for Martial Arts and Combat Sports

  ***I am excited to introduce the following guest post by Alex Channon and Christopher Matthews.   Readers may recall that in my 2017 MAS Conference Keynote I called on the field to dedicate more theoretical and empirical attention to... Continue Reading →

Kung Fu in the Snow

  Winter is Coming There are many attributes that make Cornell unique among America’s top universities. One could choose to focus on its philosophy of undergraduate education, beautiful setting or its long and pioneering history of Asian studies. All of... Continue Reading →

Capoeira as Graceful Resistance

  ***I am happy to announce that our first substantive essay for 2018 will be a guest post by Lauren Miller Griffith.  While this is Prof. Griffith's first appearance on Kung Fu Tea she is already  leaving her mark on... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Martial Arts in the British National Press

  Martial Arts in the British National Press Paul Bowman Cardiff University JOMEC Research Seminar, Cardiff University, 13th December 2017 Introduction This research project looked at stories, items and features about martial arts in the UK national press.[1] The basic... Continue Reading →

Framing Kung Fu in the Information Age

  Algorithms and Hand Combat This essay began as a thought experiment.  After that it evolved into a real experiment.  It is not a terribly scientific exercise, certainly not the sort of thing that involves actual databases and statistical analysis. ... Continue Reading →

Muay Thai and the Two-Level Game

  Introduction Earlier this morning I was faced with a choice.  Should I write about Nietzsche (and a certain martial art), or Robert Putnam (and an entirely different fighting system).  Its hard to sit down and read the news these... Continue Reading →

2017 Christmas Shopping List: Martial Arts Equipment and Long Reads to Get You Through the Winter Months

  Its That Time of Year Again! Welcome to Kung Fu Tea’s sixth annual holiday shopping list!  These are some of my favorite posts to pull together.  They also serve as a great reminder to continue to make time for martial arts... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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