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Earliest Published Photograph and References to Wing Chun

  The Problem with Being “First” I am distrustful of attempts to locate the “first” instance of anything popular or famous. Generally speaking, these quests misunderstand the way that the social world works. We all stand on the shoulders of... Continue Reading →

Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (24): Wen Shengcai, Wing Chun’s Assassin

  On Legends and their Grains Not all legends contain a grain a truth. Such an assertion is wishful thinking and sells short the remarkable faculty that is the human imagination. Still, grains manifest frequently enough that they keep historians... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: August 19, 2019: Kung Fu and Summer Fun

  Introduction There is so much heavy stuff going on in the world today.  Sadly, it doesn't look like things will be letting up soon, and they may even get worse as we head into the fall semester.  So this... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (65): Filipino Knives, Imperialism and the Asian Martial Arts

Vintage Postcard. Source: Author's Collection It sometimes seems as though I am only Wing Chun aficionado who doesn’t have a sideline in the Filipino martial arts. On a cultural level we can thank Bruce Lee and his high-profile relationship with... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: July 13, 2020: The Summer Martial Arts Became Political

  Introduction Welcome to Chinese Martial Arts in the news! For new readers, this is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing important events, this column... Continue Reading →

Bruce Lee and the Problem with Being Water

  A Modest Proposal Numerous commentators have noted that this is a tough time to be a bronze statue. Icons of the 18th and 19th century slave owning class are vanishing from the public landscape in the United States, while... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 10 – Modernization of Chinese Martial Arts

  Introduction Welcome to week ten of “History of East Asian Martial Arts.”  This series follows the readings being used in Prof. TJ Hinrichs’ undergraduate course of the same name at Cornell University.  This is a great opportunity for readers... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: Feb 16, 2020 – Kung Fu in a time of Coronavirus

  It has been way too long since our last news update so now is the perfect time to get caught up on recent events! For new readers, this is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media... Continue Reading →

Remembering Ip Ching (1936-2020)

  Many of Kung Fu Tea’s readers are Wing Chun students and I am sure that most of you have already heard about Ip Ching’s passing on the 25th of January.  Ip Man’s second son was well known in Wing... Continue Reading →

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