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Meditations on the Blade, Ultra-Modernit...

Meditations on the Blade, Ultra-Modernity and the Fine Art of Self-Promotion

    The Unexpected Giant Some of the essays at Kung Fu Tea are the result of several days of careful research and thinking.  This is not going to be one of those pieces. I started out with a great… 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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The Martial Arts Studies Reader: 2018’s

The Martial Arts Studies Reader: 2018’s Essential Book

    An Essential Book   This is a time of year to sit back and reflect on our achievements and struggles.  I suspect that within the broader historical record 2018 will be remembered for its calamities.  Yet it has… Continue Reading →

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Events and Trends that Shaped the Chines...

Events and Trends that Shaped the Chinese Martial Arts in 2018

  This is the time of year when it is only natural to pause and reflect on where we have been and what may be coming next.  2018 has been a busy year in the Chinese martial arts.  Progress has… Continue Reading →

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Events and Trends that Shaped the Chines...

Events and Trends that Shaped the Chinese Martial Arts in 2018

  This is the time of year when it is only natural to pause and reflect on where we have been and what may be coming next.  2018 has been a busy year in the Chinese martial arts.  Progress has… Continue Reading →

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Seasons Greetings!

Seasons Greetings!

  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of Kung Fu Tea’s  readers!  Thanks so much for your support and feedback over the last seven years.  I think that Santa left me one or two martial arts related items… Continue Reading →

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Local Resistance and Guoshu: The Foshan ...

Local Resistance and Guoshu: The Foshan Zhong Yi Martial Arts Athletic Association

      Guoshu in the Pearl River Delta In a recent post I attempted to move away from the triumphalist rhetoric that accompanies many popular discussions of the Guoshu movement and ask how its institutional limitations (rather than its… Continue Reading →

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Bringing Northern Styles South: A Brief ...

Bringing Northern Styles South: A Brief History of the Lianguang Guoshu Institute

    Transforming Southern Martial Culture   How did Taijiquan, now ubiquitous, establish itself in Southern China?  What about the other northern Shaolin systems? I would think that the lion’s share of the credit must go to the Jingwu Association… Continue Reading →

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