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The Book Club: The Shaolin Monastery by Meir Shahar, Chapters 3-4: Monastic Violence in the Ming Dynasty.

Introduction Welcome back to the second installment of the Book Club.  In this series of posts we will be taking a more detailed look at some of the most important works in the field of Chinese martial studies.  Our first... Continue Reading →

How Yoda Helped to Invent Kung Fu: Star Wars and the Martial Arts in the Western Imagination.

Introduction: The only Star Wars post on WordPress this week not about Disney or Lukas. Admit it, you have all done it.  At one point or another each of you has looked at your Sifu or Sensei and thought “Its... Continue Reading →

Does Wing Chun need a “spiritual” center? Is it Confucianism?

Spiritual Kung Fu Revisited I recently read something by a somewhat prominent writer on the martial arts that made me sit up and take notice.  The author (who remains nameless as I am about to criticize him) noted that a... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: October 29th, 2012: Commercialization, Authenticity and Bruce Lee.

Welcome to the "Frankenstorm" edition of "Chinese martial arts in the news."  Every few weeks I update readers about recent events and important developing trends.  If you have suggestions for a story that I should be watching feel free to... Continue Reading →

Why Religion Needs to Play a Greater Role in Chinese Martial Studies than it does in the Chinese Martial Arts.

  Lately I have been thinking about the role of religion in the Chinese martial arts and the different (though related) question of its place in Chinese martial studies.  I blame Stanley Henning. I should preface this post by saying... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: September 10, 2012.

  There have been a number of interesting stories in the news since our last update.  The Washington Post kicks thing off with an interview with Stephen Fung, the director of the soon to be released (in the USA) Steampunk/Kung... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Kung Fu: Can Wing Chun be a Secular Religion?

  George Jennings, David Brown and Andrew Sparkes. “It can be a Religion if you Want: Wing Chun Kung Fu as a Secular Religion.” Ethnography.  11(4). 2010. Pp. 533-557. I have been meaning to read this paper for some time... Continue Reading →

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