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Guest Post: The Meaning and Origin of Taolu in Chinese Martial Arts

  Introduction Like many of you, I am currently recovering from our 6th annual Martial Arts Studies Conference which selected as its theme "Martial Arts, Religion & Spirituality." Some great papers were given and I continue to be impressed by the ever... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: An Ancient Form of Physical Culture (1955)

  Introduction I have been reviewing every issue of China Reconstructs as part of my ongoing research on how successive governments attempted to use martial arts (and traditional culture more generally) to generate soft power and shape the image of China within... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts, Opera and Globalization: Kung Fu as a “Blurred Genre”

  Conventional Wisdom and its Discontents   Conventional wisdom holds that Bruce Lee represents the earliest opening of the mysteries of the Chinese martial arts in the West.  While others may have taught an Occidental student or two prior to... Continue Reading →

An Account of Regional Folk Opera and Martial Performances in Southern China during the 1850s.

Introduction This is the third entry in my short series on the local opera traditions of southern China, particularly as they relate to the development of modern martial culture.  The first essay addressed the persistent (but poorly understood) relationship between... 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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