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Archive for 'Kung Fu' Category

Martial Arts and Politics: Silat in Defense of Religion and the Malay Nation

Mar 18th, 2019 by XIUART | 0

  Lawrence N. Ross. 2017. “Demi Agama, Bangsa dan Negara: Silat Martial Arts and the ‘Third Line’ in Defense of Religion, Race and the Malaysian State.” In Sophie Lemiere (eds.) Illusions of Democracy: Malaysian Politi…

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The New Hoplology: Stick, Machete and Whip Fighting in the Caribbean

Mar 15th, 2019 by XIUART | 0

  Introduction Masters magazine has just released a free special issue that I think will be of great interest to the readers of Kung Fu Tea.  Late last year Prof. T.J. Desch-Obi and Dr. Michael J. Ryan, both friends and… Continue Reading &#…

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“Old Sports” in New China – Reporting the 1953 National Exhibition and Tournament

Mar 11th, 2019 by XIUART | 0

      The Source As part of my ongoing research on the role of the traditional martial arts within the creation of China’s public diplomacy strategy, I am reviewing several propaganda sources produced in the 1950s and 1960s.  …

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Judo in Taiwan, 1895-1945: The Dark Side of Martial Arts Politics

Mar 8th, 2019 by XIUART | 0

  Dong Jhy and J. A. Mangan. 2018. “Japanese Cultural Imperialism in Taiwan: Judo as an Instrument of Colonial Conditioning.” in Mangan, Horton, Ren and Ok (eds.) Japanese Imperialism: Politics and Sport in East Asia – Rejection,…

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Nonviolence and Martial Arts Studies

Mar 4th, 2019 by XIUART | 0

  ***One of my goals in creating Kung Fu Tea was to inspire more enthusiasm for (and participation in) the scholarly discussion of martial arts.  As such, I am happy to share a reader’s lengthy response to a recent essay…. Continue Re…

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Meeting Ma Yue and the Limits of Description

Mar 1st, 2019 by XIUART | 0

  An Unexpected Invitation A friend recently extended an invitation that I couldn’t refuse. A couple of weeks ago Chad Eisner (who some of you may remember from my various lightsaber projects) got in touch and let me know that… Continue Re…

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From the Journal: Psychological Collectivism in Traditional Martial Arts

Feb 25th, 2019 by XIUART | 0

    Greetings!  I am currently traveling for some fieldwork on daunbing (short weapons training).  As someone who spends a lot of time researching the Republic era Chinese martial arts, I am excited to finally have a chance to learn…

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Paradoxes of Success in Lightsaber Combat

Feb 22nd, 2019 by XIUART | 0

    Lightsabers Go Legit What follows is a meditation on recent events. It is not every day that you sit down, open your phone, and find Trevor Noah performing a Daily Show bit about people you know. It is… Continue Reading →

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

Feb 18th, 2019 by XIUART | 0

    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…

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

Feb 15th, 2019 by XIUART | 0

  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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