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Inventing MMA: Martial Arts Between Culture, Media and Sport

  "Inventing MMA: Martial Arts Between Culture, Media and Sport" By Dr. Kyle Barrowman   Introduction: Traditional Thinking In the Preface to his recent monograph The Invention of Martial Arts, Paul Bowman identifies an important link between current trends in martial... Continue Reading →

The Good, Bad and Ugly in Martial Arts and Combat Sports

  This post started life as a book review, but as I thought about what I actually wanted to say it quickly became a different sort of essay.  It was inspired by Janet O’Shea’s 2019 Oxford UP Press, Risk, Failure,... Continue Reading →

Mixed Martial Arts in Shanghai, 1925

    I recently had a chance to explore and organize a large database of vintage newspaper articles. This material was gathered as part of my on-going “Kung Fu Diplomacy” project. Yet every so often I ran across news items... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: May 22nd, 2017: Wing Chun, Missing Ninjas and the Viral Fight

    Introduction   Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News!”  Its great to be back at the blog.  I am happy to report that the conference in Utah went very well and I had a chance to talk with a... Continue Reading →

Doing Research (8): Taking Seriously the Mundane, or How I Learned that a Choke is Never Just a Choke

  Introduction   Welcome to the eighth entry in our series of guest posts titled “Doing Research.”  If you missed the first essay by D. S. Farrer (which provides a global overview of the subject), the second by Daniel Mroz... Continue Reading →

Martial Mastery and Olympic Glory: A Winning Combination?

  Do you feel that?  Olympic fervor is once again in the air.  As we prepare for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio there has been a distinct uptick of Olympic advertising on the TV.  Athletes whom we have not... Continue Reading →

Doing Research (7): Dale C. Spencer on Observant Participation and Becoming a Mixed Martial Artist

  Introduction   Welcome to the seventh entry in our series of guest posts titled “Doing Research.”  If you missed the first essay by D. S. Farrer (which provides a global overview of the subject), the second by Daniel Mroz... Continue Reading →

The New Masters: MMA, Kung Fu and China’s Evolving Martial Culture

      Introduction     Sascha Matuszak is a friend and occasional guest author here at Kung Fu Tea.  Regular readers may remember his report on recent developments in the socioeconomics of Taijiquan.  As a China based journalist he... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: December 10th, 2012: A New Wing Chun Documentary and the Past and Future of the Mixed Martial Arts.

In this semi-regular segment Kung Fu Tea attempts to update readers about interesting martial arts stories in the news that you may have missed.  If you know of a story related to the Chinese martial arts that is currently developing... Continue Reading →

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