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

***Alex Gillis was the very first special guest ever interviewed on Kung Fu Tea.  His book, A Killing Art, remains one of the most readable and engaging histories of an Asian martial art ever written. Be sure to check it... Continue Reading →

Berlin 1936: Chinese Martial Arts on a Global Stage

      China Picks 2 Women Boxers For Olympics — Four Men Also Chosen to Give Display of Old Chinese Art — Six candidates for the Chinese boxing [sic] for the World Olympiad at Berlin in August were chosen... Continue Reading →

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 →

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