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History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 8 – Lineage, Transmission and Legitimacy

  A Quick COVID-19 Note First off, apologies are in order.  My blogging has been irregular and we have gotten behind with our weekly updates on the "History of East Asian Martial Arts" class being taught by Prof. TJ Hinrichs... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 2 – Violence

  Introduction Welcome to the second week of History of East Asian Martial Arts (HIST 2960).  This is a course taught by Prof. T. J. Hinrichs here at Cornell University that I am auditing in my capacity as a Visiting... Continue Reading →

Another Look at Ritual, Theater and Combat in the Chinese Martial Arts

  “If it is necessary to debunk the Bodhidharma myth since it is historically false, we must also be wary of the modern materialist impulse to tear aside the veil of myth to uncover the real martial arts beneath.  The... Continue Reading →

Lightsaber Combat and Wing Chun: The Search for Meaning in the Modern Martial Arts

  ***I am current on the road for the annual Martial Arts Studies conference at Cardiff University in the UK.  As soon as I return home I will be posting a full report of the event and sharing the text... 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 →

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

***In honor of Halloween I thought that I would dip into the archives and revisit a fun post from earlier in the year.  What follows is an actual Kung Fu ghost story.  I think that readers will find it both... Continue Reading →

Liminality, Embodied Identity and the Paradox of the Invisible Female Martial Artists

  Men fighting men to determine worth (i.e., masculinity) excludes women as completely as the female experience of childbirth excludes men….The female boxer violates this stereotype and cannot be taken seriously—she is parody, she is cartoon, she is monstrous. Had... Continue Reading →

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