Search

Kung Fu Tea

Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

Tag

paramilitary

Through a Lens Darkly (13): The Dadao and the Militarization of the Chinese Martial Arts

  ***One of the questions that I have been attempting to tackle in my more recent writing is the degree to which we should be thinking about the "traditional" Chinese martial arts as a quintessentially modern activity.  From the perspective... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (13): The Dadao and the Militarization of the Chinese Martial Arts

Introduction It is dangerous to make sweeping statements about the development of the traditional Chinese martial arts during the early 20th century.  This was an important period for the hand combat community.  Between 1900 and 1949 the complex of behaviors... Continue Reading →

A Social and Visual History of the Dadao: The Chinese “Military Big-Saber.”

Rediscovering the Dadao: A Forgotten Legacy of the Chinese Martial Arts. Any review of the history of the Chinese martial arts in the 20th century will quickly suggest that these civilian art forms have, at various points, been co-opted and... Continue Reading →

Up ↑