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Zheng Manqing and the “Sick Man of Asia”: Strengthening the Nation through Martial Arts

    Introduction: Zheng Manqing Accepts a Challenge While doing some preliminary historical research on Zheng Manqing, the well-known painter, physician and Taijiquan master, I came across a fascinating account of a challenge match that he was involved with during... Continue Reading →

2015 Christmas Shopping List: Martial Arts Equipment and Long Reads to Get You Through the Winter Months

    “In business, be competent. In action, watch the timing. No fight: No blame.”   Introduction I bet you didn’t know that the Dao De Jing was full of Christmas shopping advice. It turns out that it is, and... Continue Reading →

Zheng Manqing and the “Sick Man of Asia”: Strengthening Chinese Bodies and the Nation through the Martial Arts

    Introduction: Zheng Manqing Accepts a Challenge While doing some preliminary historical research on Zheng Manqing, the well-known painter, physician and Taijiquan master, I came across a fascinating account of a challenge match that he was involved with during... Continue Reading →

Zhang Sanfeng: Political Ideology, Myth Making and the Great Taijiquan Debate

  "For sheer contentiousness, the Zhang Sanfeng case can only be compared to the issue of racism, abortion and homosexuality in American culture. At the dawn of the 21st century, the pendulum has once again swung towards the myth-makers. Western... Continue Reading →

Kung Fu Tea Selects the Top Chinese Martial Arts Webpage of 2013

Introduction Welcome to our second annual discussion of the top webpages in Chinese martial studies.  The purpose of this series is to acknowledge some of the individuals who have made great contributions to our understanding of the traditional martial arts... Continue Reading →

Tung Ying-chieh and the Public Perception of the Chinese Martial Arts in Post-War Hong Kong.

Introduction The first half of the 20th century was a time of rapid transformation for the traditional Chinese martial arts.  Early in the era these fighting systems tended to be associated with practical pursuits such as military or militia training,... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts: So What? By Adam D. Frank

***It turns out that the introduction to the last post was a little premature.  We are very fortunate to have received another post for the 2013 Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies.  Adam D. Frank is an Associate Professor in the... Continue Reading →

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

Introduction Once again I find myself staying up late to write my Monday morning post.  I had originally planned on doing a news update, but given the hour I thought a ghost story might actually be more appropriate.  The following... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: July 22, 2013: A Bruce Lee Round-up, Taiji in Popular Culture and Rumors of Trouble at the Shaolin Temple.

Introduction Welcome!  "Chinese Martial Arts in the News" is a regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea.  Every three to four weeks we discuss the major news stories impacting the Chinese martial arts.  Special attention is payed to the ways... Continue Reading →

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