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The Woyao Dao and Regionalism in History and Martial Studies

LK Chen's Woyao Dao. Source: LKChensword.com Introduction A package containing two of LK Chen’s fine historical reproductions recently arrived at my door. So, of course, I find myself thinking about the importance of “regionalism” within martial arts studies.  The connection between... Continue Reading →

A Conversation With Daniel Amos on Ethnography and Hong Kong’s Martial Arts

John S. S. Long training with his teacher, Wong Lei, in Hong Kong, 1960. Source: http://www.seattlekungfuclub.com/ Introduction Regular readers of this blog with be no strangers to work of Daniel Amos. He has previously contributed guest posts to Kung Fu... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: The Meaning and Origin of Taolu in Chinese Martial Arts

  Introduction Like many of you, I am currently recovering from our 6th annual Martial Arts Studies Conference which selected as its theme "Martial Arts, Religion & Spirituality." Some great papers were given and I continue to be impressed by the ever... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (23): Fu Zhen Song – Southbound Tiger

  History as the cure for Ideology Everyone has a personal mental image of the Chinese martial arts.  The detail may vary, but there are some undeniably common elements.  Grainy photos, complex postures, exotic weapons, strangely vigorous old men. The... Continue Reading →

The Transformation of Chinese Martial Arts During the Song Dynasty

  Introduction I have always wondered about the Song period (960-1279) and its connection to the modern Chinese martial arts (let’s say 1850 to the present).  One could be forgiven for placing the genesis of our current systems sometime in... Continue Reading →

An Overview of Ma Shi Tong Bei Training

  ***Greetings.  I am currently traveling for a duanbing ("short weapon," e.g., Chinese competitive fencing) workshop with Ma Yue Shifu in Michigan.  As such I thought it might be appropriate to publish something about the fascinating Ma family and their... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (8): Gu Ruzhang-Northern Shaolin Master and Southward Bound Tiger.

Introduction Gu Ruzhang is one of the best known martial artists of the Republic of China era.  He is remembered today as a pioneer who helped to bring Northern Shaolin to Southern China.  Most accounts of his illustrious career start... Continue Reading →

Theory and the Growth of Knowledge – Or Why You Probably Can’t Learn Kung Fu From Youtube

  Becoming Ip Man, in all the Wrong Ways   On a Saturday morning in 2011 I found myself running an “open session” for my Sifu’s Wing Chun school.  The weekday classes were always structured affairs in which learners worked... Continue Reading →

Letting ‘Real’ Kung Fu Die: Paradoxes of the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts as Intangible Cultural Heritage

  ...When I asked why he was not more active teaching himself, he answered in a gravelly voice: In my opinion, the world has changed. I never teach my son and grandson. People ask me to teach, but people’s minds... Continue Reading →

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