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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 →

Revisiting Alfred Lister: The Noble Art of Self-Defense in China (Part II)

  Introduction This is the second half of our two part series on the life and writings of Alfred Lister.  A civil servant in Hong Kong during the second half of the 19th century, Lister provided his readers with some... Continue Reading →

When Did Wing Chun Become “Intangible Cultural Heritage”?

    Social media is rarely surprising.  Its popularity derives from administering small doses of reassuring comfort, most of which suggests that the world is just as we had always imagined it.  There is actually something a little perverse about... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: February 16th, 2019: All the World’s a Stage

    Introduction I hope that everyone enjoyed their Lunar New Year.  Its always a time of many public exhibitions and celebrations.  They, in turn, generate an uptick in news coverage of local martial arts practices and well as Lion... Continue Reading →

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