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Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.


Political Economy

Who Benefits from the Traditional Martial Arts: Public Goods vs. Private Gains

  Introduction   Are the martial arts good?  I think that most people who spend a lot of time practicing any of these systems would reflexively answer “Yes.”  I know that I would.  Fewer of us would pause to ask... Continue Reading →

Death, Taxes and the Inevitability of Change in the Chinese Martial Arts: A Historical Case

    Introduction   How should we understand China’s traditional martial arts? Minimal observation will reveal that these are multifaceted social institutions whose interactions with popular culture are complex and ever changing. Still, as Douglas Wile has noted, when discussing... Continue Reading →

Qigong and the Martial Arts: Revealing the Role of Globalization in the Creation of “Tradition.”

  ***I am currently in the middle of a more detailed research project, so for this Friday's post we will be looking back into the archives.  The following essay was originally posted here at Kung Fu Tea in October of... Continue Reading →

The Political Economy of Southern Kung Fu: Thoughts on the Rise of Regional Identity within the Chinese Martial Arts.

Introduction Classification remains one of our central problems in the study and analysis of the traditional Chinese martial arts.  When thinking about the origin and relationship of these fighting systems most efforts begin with an attempt to create groups of... Continue Reading →

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