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Li Pei Xian and the Evolution of Modern Chinese “Martial Arts”

    ***Greetings! I am currently preparing for the upcoming Martial Arts Studies conference in Cardiff.  As such we will be taking a deep dive into the archives for today's post.  This essay and biographical sketch was first published four... Continue Reading →

Internal Elixir Cultivation: Robert Coons on the Nature of Daoist Meditation

Robert James Coons. 2015. Internal Elixir Cultivation: The Nature of Daoist Meditation.  Tambuli Media. 140 pp. $22.95   Introduction   Recently Dr. Mark Wiley, who runs Tambuli Media, sent me a copy of a book that he thought I would... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Kung Fu and the China Dream

  Introduction I am currently pulling my keynote together for next week's Martial Arts Studies conference which will be held at Cardiff University in the UK. (There is still time to register if you are in the area).  My address... Continue Reading →

Bodhidharma: Historical Fiction, Hyper-Real Religion and Shaolin Kung Fu

  Introduction I was recently exchanging emails with a martial arts instructor and reader who suggested that I address the historical facts behind the “Bodhidharma myth.” This is a critical topic for anyone interested in either the historical or cultural... 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 →

From the Archives: David Palmer on writing better martial arts history and understanding the sources of “Qi Cultivation” in modern Chinese popular culture.

Qigong Fever. by David Palmer. Columbia University Press, 2007.  ****I would like to thank to all of the individuals who participated in the 2013 Kung Fu Tea Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies.  A special thanks is also in order... Continue Reading →

The Book Club: Chinese Archery by Stephen Selby, Part II: Popular Texts, Qigong and the Military Exams.

  This is the second section of our two part discussion of Chinese Archery (2000, Hong Kong University Press) by Stephen Selby.  In part one we examined the first half of his book which covered the earliest written records of... Continue Reading →

Leung Kai’s Ghost Story: Remembering a Modern Choy Li Fut Master.

Introduction Once again I find myself staying up late to write my Monday morning post.  I had originally planned on doing a news update, but given the hour I thought a ghost story might actually be more appropriate.  The following... Continue Reading →

Are the Internal Martial Arts the “Next Big Thing?”

  A lot of schools have that in their motto: mental, physical and spiritual. But when you get into the school, you just fight and do forms. When do we get to that part I see at the Shaolin Temple... Continue Reading →

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