Search

Kung Fu Tea

Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

Tag

Red Spears

Through a Lens Darkly (53): Traditional Weapons in China’s 20th Century Militia Movements

  They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  If true this will be a weighty essay.  Yet that was always the thing about Harrison Forman, the renowned photo-journalist, writer and explorer.  As a correspondent he was a double... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (31): Red Spears, Big Swords and Civil Resistance in Northern China

    Through a Lens Darkly   In this occasional series I turn to photographs, postcards, slides or other forms of ephemera both as a source of information about the Chinese martial arts and as a witness to the many... Continue Reading →

Chen Fake Fights the Red Spear Bandits: Community Conflict and the Role of the Chinese Martial Arts in Local Governance

      Introduction: Wing Chun Warriors Come to Beijing     The Beijing News and South China Morning Post recently reported on a case of community violence that erupted in Yanjiao, Hebei province.  This area, just 35 km from the... Continue Reading →

Rituals of the Red Spear Movement: Invulnerability, Spirit Possession and Battle Magic

      ***This is the third entry in our occasional series on the Red Spear movement.  For the first two parts of this project see here and here.***     Introduction   The Red Spears are a forgotten moment... Continue Reading →

Up ↑