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“What’s your style?” – Bringing the Training Hall to the Lecture Hall

      Introduction: “What’s your style?”   A couple of months ago a conversion emerged between a few of my colleagues which got me thinking about the effects of personal training on those who wish to write on martial... Continue Reading →

Doing Research (4): I’m Only in It for the Stories

    Introduction   Welcome to the fourth entry in our series of guest posts titled “Doing Research.”  If you missed the first essay by D. S. Farrer (which provides a global overview of the subject), the second by Daniel... Continue Reading →

Doing Research (3): It’s My Way or the Wu Wei – A Note of Advice for Novice Field Researchers

  Introduction   Welcome to the third entry in our series of guest posts titled “Doing Research.”  If you missed the first essay by D. S. Farrer (which provides a global overview of the subject), or the second by Daniel... Continue Reading →

Approaching the “Armed Martial Arts of Japan”: Thoughts on Comparison, Theory and Progress in Martial Arts Studies

  Introduction   Opportunities come in many forms, even in the guise of a sore throat. Since I have been feeling a bit under the weather I decided to use the next few days to catch up on my reading.... Continue Reading →

Doing Research (1): Fieldwork Methods in Martial Arts Studies by D. S. Farrer

  Introduction It is my distinct pleasure to introduce the first entry in a new series of guest posts titled "Doing Research."  Compared to other fields of scholarly inquiry, Martial Arts Studies has a distinctly democratic flavor.  This stems from... Continue Reading →

History, Mythology, Technique and Philosophy: Finding the “True” Origins of the Asian Martial Arts

  Introduction   History is difficult. It goes beyond gaining access to appropriate sources, records and languages. The challenges that we face are often more basic and conceptual. At the present moment there is a lot of interest, both in... Continue Reading →

What Does Martial Arts Studies Owe the Kung Fu Community?

  “No man can do justice to another’s human total.” -Victor Turner, The Forest of Symbols (1967, p. 150).   Introduction   If culture is understood as a system of interlocking signs, a complex of meanings, beliefs and practices that... Continue Reading →

Lion Dancing, Youth Violence and the Need for Theory in Chinese Martial Studies

Introduction I would like to begin this week here at Kung Fu Tea by revisiting an essay that I first posted about a year ago.  Last week I wrote a short piece considering the sources of the social distrust that... Continue Reading →

1928: The Danger of Telling a Single Story about the Chinese Martial Arts

        1928: What Happened in the World of Kung Fu?   -The Central Guoshu Institute was established by the Nationalist (KMT) government and subsequently held its first national martial arts tournament in Beijing.   -Cheung Lai Chuen... Continue Reading →

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