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The Last Shall be First: Finding Meaning...

The Last Shall be First: Finding Meaning in the Martial Arts

    Barnum’s Daughter   I was recently watching the news when I saw a brief segment on “the last” Japanese swordsmith.  The whole things is a little overwrought as there are lots of individuals making swords in Japan today,… Continue Reading →

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Performance Ethnography and the Martial ...

Performance Ethnography and the Martial Arts Studies Reader

  As the indomitable Professor Farnsworth would say, good news everyone! The long anticipated Martial Arts Studies Reader (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) is now shipping.  Weighing in at 244 pages, and featuring articles by over a dozen of the most… Continue Reading →

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Of Pens and Swords: Jin Yong’s Journey

Of Pens and Swords: Jin Yong’s Journey

    The Loss of Heroes The Chinese martial arts community has lost two giants.  The death of Rey Chow (who was instrumental in jumpstarting Bruce Lee’s martial arts films) and Louis Cha (who wrote under the name Jin Yong)… Continue Reading →

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Through a Lens Darkly (56): New York Cit...

Through a Lens Darkly (56): New York City’s Kung Fu and the Roaring 1920s

    Introduction While I have a few connections in New York City’s TCMA community, it has always been my experience that one turns up different sorts of insights by getting out and exploring the terrain on one’s own.  It… Continue Reading →

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Through a Lens Darkly (56): New York Cit...

Through a Lens Darkly (56): New York City’s Kung Fu and the Roaring 1920s

    Introduction While I have a few connections in New York City’s TCMA community, it has always been my experience that one turns up different sorts of insights by getting out and exploring the terrain on one’s own.  It… Continue Reading →

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Martial Classics: The Complete Fist Cann...

Martial Classics: The Complete Fist Cannon in Verse

  Translator’s Note Here is the full translation of the Qi Jiguang’s Fist Method as it appears in the Wubei Zhi, offered as a follow-up to my initial discussion of the challenges of translating this text into English verse. If… Continue Reading →

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Chinese Martial Arts in the News: Oct. 2...

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: Oct. 22 2018: Archery, Kung Fu Villages and the Lives of Detective Dee

    Introduction It has been a busy weekend, so this news update will be brief. Nevertheless, I wanted to comment on some of the more interesting stories that have been floating around. For new readers, this is a semi-regular feature here… Continue Reading →

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Who “Killed” Kung Fu: Habermas and the L

Who “Killed” Kung Fu: Habermas and the Legitimization Crisis within Traditional Martial Arts

  Zombies The air is distinctly crisp, the end of October is upon us, and Halloween rapidly approaches. Clearly, it is time to talk about zombies.  We seem to go through periods of collective fascination with the image of empty human… Continue Reading →

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Salvaging History and Saving the Martial...

Salvaging History and Saving the Martial Arts

  This weekend has been a blur of activity. Friday evening was consumed by the first “open mat” sparring night at the Central Lightsaber Academy (which was a blast), Saturday was devoted to a day-long seminar on Sicilian knife fighting… Continue Reading →

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