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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 →

Are the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Dying? “Kung Fu Tea” talks with “The Last Masters.”

Thinking about the Future of Kung Fu There are a number of conversations that seem to reoccur with some frequency in the Chinese martial arts.  Recently people have been asking whether the traditional fighting styles can survive in the face... 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 →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (7): Li Pei Xian and the Evolution of the Modern Chinese Martial Arts.

  Introduction: Critiquing the Conceptual Coherence of the Martial Arts.  In this installment of the “Lives of the Chinese Martial Artists” series we will be looking at the life and career of Li Pei Xian.  While a regionally important individual... Continue Reading →

The Book Club: Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man by Adam D. Frank: Chapter 4-8: Globalization, Modernization and Mobility in the Chinese Martial Arts.

This is the second half of our two part discussion of Adam D. Frank’s ethnographic study of identity and the traditional Chinese martial arts.  The first part of this review can be found here.  The “Book Club” is a semi-regular... Continue Reading →

Imagining the Chinese Martial Arts without Bruce Lee: Sophia Delza, an American Taiji Quan Pioneer.

Introduction: Different Visions of the Chinese Martial Arts Assume that we find ourselves in a very specific, recognizable alternate universe.  It is almost exactly like ours, but in this world Bruce Lee never came to America.  Maybe he got along... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: April 22, 2013: Taiji Quan Rising, Cantonese Opera and Remembering Bruce Lee

IntroductionWelcome to the April 22nd edition of "Chinese Martial Arts in the News."  Every three weeks we stop to reflect on important events in the Chinese martial arts community and to take a look at how we are being covered... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (4): Sun Lutang’s Unified Theory of the Chinese Martial Arts: Daoist Spirituality, Health and Boxing (Part III).

Sun Lutang and the Field of Chinese Martial Studies This post is the third and final installment of our three part review of the life and contributions of Sun Lutang.  Sun was a master of Xingyi, Bagua and Taiji boxing... Continue Reading →

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