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Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

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Salvage as Method in Martial Arts Studies

  ***What follows is the text of my keynote address delivered at the 2019 Exploring Imperial China Workshop held on June 5-6 at Tel Aviv University.  I would like to thank both the Department of East Asian Studies and the... Continue Reading →

The Problem of Presentism in the Chinese “Martial Arts”

  ***Greetings. I am currently hard at work on a few different research projects.  One of these involves quite a bit of thinking (and reading) about the process of "standard setting" in an international context and what implications this might... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Deconstructing Martial Arts

Paul Bowman. 2019. Deconstructing the Martial Arts. Cardiff: Cardiff University Press. 165 pages.  Free to Download.     Introduction Summer is typically the time when scholars get caught up on their reading. Yet judging from the pile of books, manuscripts, dissertations... Continue Reading →

Revisiting Marginality in the Martial Arts

  There are a number of popular topics within Martial Arts Studies which suggest the deeply interdisciplinary nature of our project.  Sociologists, following in the footsteps of Wacquant’s “Carnal Sociology” have invested much effort exploring notions such as habitus and embodiment... Continue Reading →

The Creation of Wing Tsun – A German Case Study

  Greetings.  After a brief layover in New York I am now back in the air and headed for my second conference of the summer (this one focused on Chinese history, report to follow).  As such, I thought I would... Continue Reading →

Revisiting Alfred Lister: A Forgotten Observer of the Southern Chinese Martial Arts (Part I)

    ***We have now come to the point in the semester that I call "deadline season."  As such, we will be dipping into the archives over the next few weeks to give me some additional time to work on... Continue Reading →

Subcultures and Neo-Tribes: Contesting the Meaning of Martial Arts

  Introduction While most of my own writing focuses on the Chinese martial arts, I tend to read rather widely.  In part this is simply a reflection of my interests, and perhaps some sort of escapist urge to keep me... Continue Reading →

Nonviolence and Martial Arts Studies

  ***One of my goals in creating Kung Fu Tea was to inspire more enthusiasm for (and participation in) the scholarly discussion of martial arts.  As such, I am happy to share a reader's lengthy response to a recent essay.... Continue Reading →

Violence and Peace: Reconsidering the Goals of Martial Arts

  What is my motivation? Connecting the dots between an individual’s intentions, their actions and subsequent systemic outcomes is more difficult than one might suspect.  Just ask any social scientist. Understanding each of these categories is important if we want... Continue Reading →

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