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Rules of Appropriateness, in Martial Arts and Politics

  Fragmentation and Unification Recently I had a chance to catch up with one of my old Kung Fu training brothers. We had a great time training at the same Wing Chun studio.  That was years ago.  Then I left Salt... Continue Reading →

Debating Rules and Standards in the Martial Arts

  Why do the rules matter? Recently I was invited to help organize a local martial arts gathering and tournament.  I have never done anything like this before (most of my organizational expertise is concentrated in the academic realm) but... Continue Reading →

New Issue of Martial Arts Studies: Bruce Lee’s Martial Legacies

    We are thrilled to announce the release of the Summer 2019 issue of Martial Arts Studies (Number 8).  This special issue has been guest edited by Kyle Barrowman and Paul Bowman.  It collects in a single place a... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: July 8, 2019: Summer Fun, and Bruce Lee Gets Political

  Introduction It is so hot outside that it is almost impossible to think about training, which means that there is no better time to get caught up on news - particularly if some of these stories give you something... 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 →

A Visual Study of a Set of Transitional Hudiedao

  Introduction Some apologies are in order.  My professional writing and research has taken me away from the blog for longer than I intended.  In the last month I finished an one article draft, wrote two conference papers and went... Continue Reading →

Ng Chung So – Looking Beyond the “Three Heroes of Wing Chun”

Note: this article originally appeared as a guest post at "Wing Chun Geeks." Ng Chung So: Looking Beyond the “Three Heroes of Wing Chun” The origins of Wing Chun are shrouded in mystery.  We seem to like it that way. ... Continue Reading →

The 19th Century Hudiedao (Butterfly Sword) on Land and Sea

  Introduction Understanding the actual history and use of hudiedao (or Butterfly Swords) reflects the challenges faced by students of martial studies more generally. These short paired swords, with their distinctive D-shaped hand guards, are one of the most commonly... Continue Reading →

Butterfly Swords and Long Poles: A Glimpse into Singapore’s 19th Century Martial Landscape

Introduction: The Weapons of Wing Chun From time to time I am asked why Wing Chun teaches only two weapons. For those unfamiliar with the system these are the long single-tailed fighting pole, favored by a number of southern Chinese... Continue Reading →

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