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Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

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Political Extremism, Violence and Martial Arts

  A Preamble Everyone knew that the situation was deteriorating, and recent events had sensitized government officials to the growing threat of extremist groups within the area’s largest martial arts networks. Local immigration and a shift in the neighborhood’s religious... Continue Reading →

Costly Signals, Credible Threats and the Problem of Reality in the Chinese Martial Arts

      “War is a continuation of politics with other means” -Carl von Clausewitz, On War "A sabre," said my teacher, Szabo,"is a tool for changing your opponent’s mind." -“The Sabre’s Edge” by Rogan Winter     Introduction  ... Continue Reading →

War Junks, Pirates and the Commercialization of Chinese Martial Culture

    ***This will be the concluding post in our brief series on the role of southern China's maritime environment on the development and spread of the traditional martial arts.  Please see the end of this post for a complete list of... Continue Reading →

1849: Origins and Consequences of a Southern Chinese Piracy Crisis

    Introduction   By the early 19th century much of Guangdong province existed in a perpetual state of simmering anarchy. The large clan structures that dominated the agricultural economy competed with each other for access to land and water.... Continue Reading →

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