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A Brief History of Nostalgia and the Future of the Martial Arts

    That Special Time of Year It must be that time of year again.  December is the season in which Disney unleashes a new Star Wars movie on an eager public, complete with a weaponized marketing campaign. Sitting in... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Martial Arts in the British National Press

  Martial Arts in the British National Press Paul Bowman Cardiff University JOMEC Research Seminar, Cardiff University, 13th December 2017 Introduction This research project looked at stories, items and features about martial arts in the UK national press.[1] The basic... Continue Reading →

Hand Combat Training as the School of the Nations

    My schedule over the next four to six weeks is going to be pretty crazy.  I have a couple of writing projects followed by some heavy duty transoceanic conference travel.  As such we will be dipping into our... Continue Reading →

Who Benefits from the Traditional Martial Arts: Public Goods vs. Private Gains

  Introduction   Are the martial arts good?  I think that most people who spend a lot of time practicing any of these systems would reflexively answer “Yes.”  I know that I would.  Fewer of us would pause to ask... Continue Reading →

Do Martial Arts Create Just Societies?

For ten years I have been polishing this sword; Its frosty edge has never been put to the test. Now I am holding it and showing it to you, sir: Is there anyone suffering from injustice? -"The Swordsman" by Jia Dao (Tang... Continue Reading →

Chinese “Martial Arts” and the Problem of Presentism

  Introduction   I would like to begin today’s post by noting that Joseph Svinth (whom most of you will already know from his many contributions to Martial Arts Studies) really deserves to be listed as a co-author on this... Continue Reading →

How Jiu-Jitsu Became a Traditional German Martial Art

    Introduction One of my on-going projects is a co-authored study of Wing Chun’s history (and social meaning) within the German martial arts community.  I will admit that in the crush of competing papers and presentations this topic, while... Continue Reading →

The Soldier, the Marketplace Boxer and the Recluse: Mapping the Social Location of the Martial Arts in Late Imperial China.

  ***As I mentioned earlier this week, I am currently preparing for the upcoming Martial Arts Studies conference in Cardiff.  As such I have decided to revisit one of the earlier major essays that I wrote for this blog (all... Continue Reading →

By Popular Demand: “Tradition” vs. “Modernity” in the Chinese Martial Arts

        An Old Story   It is a pattern that we know well.  After a debate about the utility of the traditional martial arts (and what that suggests about the state of the Chinese body politic), things... Continue Reading →

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