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A Short List of Women Who Shaped the Sou...

A Short List of Women Who Shaped the Southern Chinese Martial Arts

  Introduction Friday morning posts are usually written the day before, and it just so happens that this week’s Thursday falls on Valentine’s Day. That complicates things for reasons that are both understandable and a few which are a l…

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Violence and Peace: Reconsidering the Go...

Violence and Peace: Reconsidering the Goals of Martial Arts

  What is my motivation? Connecting the dots between an individual’s intentions, their actions and subsequent systemic outcomes is more difficult than one might suspect.  Just ask any social scientist. Understanding each of these catego…

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Hawkins Cheung and the Making of Modern ...

Hawkins Cheung and the Making of Modern Wing Chun History

    Regrets As many readers will already know, Master Hawkins Cheung Hok Jin passed away on Sunday February 3rd 2019, in Los Angeles.  Within the martial arts community regrets take many forms.  One of my great regrets is that …

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Research Note: A Visit with the Jingwu A...

Research Note: A Visit with the Jingwu Association in 1928

  At the moment I am working on a guest editorial project examining Afro-Caribbean and New World martial arts.  It will pose a number of interesting questions and I hope to discuss some of these practices in greater depth.  Unfortunately,… Continue Reading →

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Give Me Those Old Time Kung Fu Villains

Give Me Those Old Time Kung Fu Villains

    Introduction Antagonists seem to be the critical ingredient that make the martial arts possible. Yet to understand why that is the case we need to start by unpacking a few things.  An immense range of activities fall within… Continue Reading →

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Chinese Martial Arts in the News: Januar...

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: January 20th 2019: Jingwu, Chinese Armor and Liberating the Nunchuck

  Introduction Its been over a month since our last news update, which means that there is no better 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… Continue Reading →

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Wang Ziping and the Early Days of Wushu:...

Wang Ziping and the Early Days of Wushu: Two Important Films

  Introduction Wang Ziping (1881-1973) was an iconic figure within the world of the Republican martial arts.  Having gained fame through his many feats of strength and public fights, the Muslim martial artist from Heibi province went on to hold… Continue Reading →

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Play and Learning in the Martial Arts

Play and Learning in the Martial Arts

  The Problem with Play I have always found TED talks to be a mixed bag. Some are wonderful. Others I find vaguely irritating. But the project itself, which seeks to popularize some of the most important “big ideas,” is deeply… Continue Reading →

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Through a Lens Darkly (57): The Asian Ma...

Through a Lens Darkly (57): The Asian Martial Arts and Modern Primitivism

    Introduction My ongoing research on the public diplomacy of the Chinese martial arts has taken a decisive turn.  The Second World War is one of those historical calamities that defines an era, and I now find myself venturing… Continue Reading →

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Individualism, Art and Craft: Reading Br...

Individualism, Art and Craft: Reading Bruce Lee by the Numbers

      Interpreting Bruce Lee We may debate lists of the 20th century’s most influential martial artists,* but when it comes to written texts, there is simply no question.  “Liberate Yourself from Classical Karate,”  Bruce Lee’s 1971 manifesto, first appearing… Continue Reading →

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