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Chinese Martial Arts in the News: January 24th, 2016: Ip Man 3, An Exhibit of Antique Swords and Costco Moves into the Wooden Dummy Market

    Introduction   Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: December 28th 2015: Wing Chun, Taiji and Sanda goes Pro

    Introduction Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing important... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: November 23, 2015: Trouble in the Badlands, Bruce Lee’s 75th Birthday and the Dawn of Martial Arts in America

  Introduction Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing important events,... Continue Reading →

Searching for Cheng Man Ching: Nigel Sutton and the Wisdom of Taiji Masters

      Nigel Sutton. The Wisdom of Taiji Masters: Insights into Cheng Man Ching’s Art. Tambuli Media. 2014. 167 pages.     Introduction: Remember a Master of Five Excellences     Zheng Manqing (Cheng Man Ching) may not receive... Continue Reading →

William Chen: Introducing Americans to Taijiquan in the Summer of 1965

“I trained under William Ch’en in Taiwan and in New York City. He fools you. Meek, slender, and quiet, he might be a scholar or a student of the Book of Changes, never a boxer.….He is so relaxed that he... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: December 8th, 2014: Zhang Sanfeng, Viral Wushu and Ip Man comes to the UK

        Introduction     Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts.  In... Continue Reading →

Theorizing Social Structure, Conflict and the Problem of Secrecy in the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts

      Adam Frank Theorizes Lineage Conflict     This post will be reaching most of Kung Fu Tea’s readers the day after many Americans celebrated Thanksgiving. On this particular holiday it is customary to spend a few moments... Continue Reading →

The New Economics of Taiji Quan: Culture, Identity and the Rise of China’s Upper Middle Class

***Sascha and I were recently talking about the different currents that can be seen in the consumer market for martial arts instruction in China today.  As a longtime observer of these trends he was gracious enough to write a guest... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: January 13th, 2014: Run Run Shaw, the Life of Ip Man and Breaking the “500 Likes” Barrier.

Introduction Welcome to 2014's first edition of "Chinese Martial Arts in the News."  This is a semi-regular feature in which we reviewing media stories that mention or impact the the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing important events this... Continue Reading →

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