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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 →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: November 2, 2015: Sanda, Taijiquan and the Chinese Origins of Karate

  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 →

Prof. Maofu Gong Discusses the State of Folk Wushu and Martial Arts Studies in China Today

      Introduction   Prof. Maofu Gong is an Associate Professor of Sports Culture at Chengdu Sport University.   He is also a visiting scholar with the Cornell University East Asia Program where he is working on a project titled... Continue Reading →

Revealing the Secrets of Wing Chun Kung Fu: Chao, Weakland and the Cultural Translation of the Chinese Martial Arts

    "The way in which we read the document depends on what we have read before." Evelyn S. Rawski, October 1, 2015, "Crossing from Nation to Region: China in Northeast Asian History."     Introduction   Recently I had... Continue Reading →

What is a lineage? Rethinking our (Dangerous) Relationship with History

  Introduction   Every practicing martial artist knows that the most deadly attack is the one that you did not see coming. A successful ambush is extremely difficult to counter. And this is precisely what makes the subject of “history”... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News, November 25th, 2013: New Books, Martial Arts in the Public Sphere and Snubbing a “Grandmaster.”

Introduction “Chinese Martial Arts in the News” is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea.  In these posts I attempt to round-up and briefly discuss the major stories affecting the Chinese hand combat systems.  I always pay special attention... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Kung Fu Tea’s 2013 Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies

  In honor of Kung Fu Tea's 100,000th page view I would like to welcome you to the 2013 Web Symposium on Chinese Martial Studies. I Over the next three weeks a variety of students and scholars will be contributing... Continue Reading →

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