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Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

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The Red Boats and the Nautical Origins of the Wooden Dummy

      Warning: Speculation Ahead   No topic surrounding Wing Chun elicits more interest than its deep historical origins.  Did the art really originate at the southern Shaolin Temple?  Was it connected to late Qing revolutionary groups?  Did Leung Jan actually learn... 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 →

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