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Valuing the Many Voices Within the Martial Arts: Lessons from the Field of Religious Studies

by Esther Berg Introduction: More on Theory and Martial Arts Studies Here comes yet another reader response to the debate on ‘theory’ in Martial Arts Studies. To shortly summarize the state of discussion: In 2011, D. J. Farrer and John... Continue Reading →

Is Martial Studies Doomed to Disappoint? A Reader Response.

By Stanford Chiou This post is my contribution to the recent discussion at Kung Fu Tea on the place of theory in martial studies (see here and here). There is no escaping the assumptions—or “theories”—on which perspectives are built, and... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts, Embodiment and Transformation: What Do We Know?

Alex Channon and George Jennings. 2014. “Exploring Embodiment through Martial Arts and Combat Sports: A Review of Empirical Research.” Sport in Society (February). Introduction: Why study embodiment in the Asian martial arts? One of the major trends that we have... Continue Reading →

Kung Fu Tea Selects the Top Chinese Martial Arts Webpage of 2013

Introduction Welcome to our second annual discussion of the top webpages in Chinese martial studies.  The purpose of this series is to acknowledge some of the individuals who have made great contributions to our understanding of the traditional martial arts... Continue Reading →

Leveraging Open Courseware in Chinese Martial Studies

Introduction: Technology, Disruption and Education The current renaissance in the academic study of the martial could not have come at a better time.  In fact, it is probably a powerful confluence of forces, both theoretical, political and technological that are... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts: So What? By Adam D. Frank

***It turns out that the introduction to the last post was a little premature.  We are very fortunate to have received another post for the 2013 Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies.  Adam D. Frank is an Associate Professor in the... Continue Reading →

From the Archives: David Palmer on writing better martial arts history and understanding the sources of “Qi Cultivation” in modern Chinese popular culture.

Qigong Fever. by David Palmer. Columbia University Press, 2007.  ****I would like to thank to all of the individuals who participated in the 2013 Kung Fu Tea Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies.  A special thanks is also in order... Continue Reading →

A Reader’s Response to the 2013 Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies.

***Audience interaction and feedback is a critical part of any seminar or set of academic meetings.  Lacking the spontaneity of an in person gathering I turned to Melisa Spence, a dedicated students of the Chinese martial arts and a long... Continue Reading →

Towards The Motors of Tradition: A Report from the Field for Kung Fu Tea

By Daniel Mroz, Ph.D., University of Ottawa, Canada   ****I am very happy to introduce the following research report by my friend and colleague, Prof. Daniel Mroz of the University of Ottawa.  He has recently returned from conducting some fieldwork... Continue Reading →

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