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Alex Gillis Talks about Tae Kwon Do, Controversy and Researching Martial Arts History

  Introduction     One of the first books that I reviewed on this blog was A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do by Alex Gillis.   To this day it remains one of my favorite discoveries and... 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 →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: June 22, 2015: Swords, Combat Sports and Martial Arts Studies

    Introduction   Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: March 9th, 2015: Shaolin, Wushu and Hong Kong’s Most Popular Martial Arts

    Introduction     Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to... Continue Reading →

A Year in the Chinese Martial Arts: The Events and Stories that Shaped 2013, Part I

Introduction The New Year is upon us.  As such, it is a good time to sit back and reflect on the year’s accomplishments and events.  2013 has been a big year for the field of Chinese martial studies.  We have... Continue Reading →

Kung Fu and Soft Power: Why can’t the Chinese government capitalize on the popularity of the traditional fighting arts?

  Introduction: If Kung Fu is so popular, why can’t Wushu get into the Olympics? I am first and foremost a political scientist.  When I look at the “traditional Chinese martial arts” what I see is emerging trends in civil... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News, February 13, 2013: The UFC fights for market access, Ip Man lets his inner song take flight and understanding “The Black Kung Fu Experience.”

"Chinese Martial Arts in the News" is a monthly round-up of news stories that either feature or somehow impact traditional Chinese hand combat.  If you know about a developing news story that should be covered feel free to drop me... Continue Reading →

A Year in the Chinese Martial Arts: The Events and Stories that Shaped 2012, Part I

Introduction New Years is upon us and that means that it is time to sit back and reflect on the year's accomplishments and events.  This is particularly important in the martial arts as only through studying our actions and responses... Continue Reading →

Alex Gillis Discusses Tae Kwon Do and “A Killing Art” with Kung Fu Tea.

Welcome of the Halloween 2012 edition of Kung Fu Tea!  A few weeks ago I had the chance to review Alex Gillis' groundbreaking work on the origins and development of Tae Kwon Do, A Killing Art.  Click on the links... Continue Reading →

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