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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... Continue Reading →

Theory and the Growth of Knowledge – Or Why You Probably Can’t Learn Kung Fu From Youtube

  Becoming Ip Man, in all the Wrong Ways   On a Saturday morning in 2011 I found myself running an “open session” for my Sifu’s Wing Chun school.  The weekday classes were always structured affairs in which learners worked... Continue Reading →

Prof. Andrea Molle Discusses the State of American Martial Arts Studies and the New BUDO-lab Research Center

Introduction I am happy to announce that a special guest has agreed to drop by Kung Fu Tea for a visit.  Andrea Molle is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and a Research Associate at the Institute for the Study... Continue Reading →

Lion Dancing, Youth Violence and the Need for Theory in Chinese Martial Studies

Introduction I would like to begin this week here at Kung Fu Tea by revisiting an essay that I first posted about a year ago.  Last week I wrote a short piece considering the sources of the social distrust that... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (24): Captured Chinese Swords and Traditional Weapons

  Introduction Conflict seems to inspire trophy hunting. In the west this often takes the form of fading photographs of someone’s grandfather holding a vintage Luger. A large number of katanas also made their way back to the United States... Continue Reading →

Will Universities Save the Traditional Asian Martial Arts?

    Douglas Wile. “Asian Martial Arts in the Asian Studies Curriculum.” JOMEC Journal 5 (2014): 60 pages.   Can universities preserve the traditional Asian martial arts? At the outset one must start by admitting that this is an audacious... Continue Reading →

The Problem of Doubt in the Traditional Martial Arts

    Sixt Wetzler. “Myths of the Martial Arts.” JOMEC Journal. Issue 5. June 2014. 15 pages.   Introduction Increasingly a wide range of academic students are contributing to the field of Chinese martial studies. We have seen important work... Continue Reading →

Inventing Kung Fu

    Benjamin Judkins. 2014. 'Inventing Kung Fu'. JOMEC Journal. June. Issue 5. 26 pages.   I am very happy to announce that the latest edition of the JOMEC Journal has just been released.  This volume, edited by Paul Bowman,... Continue Reading →

The Printing Press and the Sword: How Republic Era Periodicals Shaped the Chinese Martial Arts.

  William Acevedo with translations by Mei Cheung. 2014. “Republic Period Guoshu Periodicals.” Classic Fighting Arts. Vol 2. No. 26 Issue 49. pp. 56-68. Introduction: The Traditional Chinese Martial Arts and the Printed Word Despite frequent assertions to the contrary,... Continue Reading →

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