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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Anti-Witch: Martial Arts as Therapy

    D. S. Farrer. 2019. “Brazilian jiu-jitsu is therapy: Shifting subjectivities on Guam.” ETNOGRAFIA E RICERCA QUALITATIVA (ERQ). No. 3. 407-428.   Introduction Donn F. Draeger’s made no secret of his love for the real “battlefield” martial arts, both... Continue Reading →

Star Wars: An American Martial Arts Film Franchise?

  ***Like many of you I am spending the evening watching the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise (and therefore not blogging).  So it seems only fitting to dip into the archives and take another look at a post... Continue Reading →

2019 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 eighth annual holiday shopping list!  These are some of my favorite posts to pull together.  They also serve as a reminder to make time for martial arts practice and study... 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 →

Nonviolence and Martial Arts Studies

  ***One of my goals in creating Kung Fu Tea was to inspire more enthusiasm for (and participation in) the scholarly discussion of martial arts.  As such, I am happy to share a reader's lengthy response to a recent essay.... Continue Reading →

The Research Expedition: What is the Value of Short Duration Study?

  A New Hoplology Over the last few weeks I have been thinking quite a bit about what hoplology was and what it might yet become. What were the advances and shortcoming of this field’s previous incarnations, both prior to... Continue Reading →

2018 Christmas Shopping List: Martial Arts Equipment and Long Reads to Get You Through the Winter Months

  I am not going to lie. The annual Christmas list is my favorite post of the year. So welcome to Kung Fu Tea’s seventh annual holiday shopping list!  Not only are we going to find some cool gift ideas, but hopefully... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts and Restoring the Body Politic

    Are Martial Arts Political?   My friend, Paul Bowman, recently asked the rhetorical question, “Should martial arts be active or passive players in politics?” The question is rhetorical in a double sense. Paul never directly answers his own... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts and the Body Politic: A Review in Memory of Denis Gainty

    Denis Gainty. 2013. Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Meiji Japan. London and New York: Routledge. 208 pages. $55 USD. Reviewed by Benjamin N. Judkins.   The passing of Denis Gainty in 2017 robbed the martial arts studies... Continue Reading →

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