Chinese Martial Studies

Kung Fu Tea, discusses all aspects of Chinese Martial Studies. Many of the posts focus on the academic study of the Chinese martial arts, but occasionally they delve into lighter topics like current events, movies or martial arts in the news and other areas of interest to students of the martial studies.

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Number 77 in a boxed set of stereographs. From the China series. Street scene in front of the Beijing Y.M.C.A. Title from caption on mount. ***I am very excited to introduce the following guest post by my friend Scott Phillips. In this essay Scott draws on his extensive study of modern Chinese religious and social history in an attempt to develop a powerful new concept for describing and theorizing the massive reforms of the Chinese martial arts that occurred during the Republic period. I thought that his idea was intriguing when he first told me about [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Kung Fu Tea: Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies
Introduction Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News!” Its great to be back at my keyboard after spending the last week and half on other projects. I managed to finish the draft of my chapter and am looking forward to posting some new material and guest posts over the next few weeks before the academic conference season clicks into high gear and things get a bit crazy again. But right now its time to get caught up on current events. As regular readers know, this is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we [...]
Mon, Apr 24, 2017
Source: Kung Fu Tea: Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies
The Yellow River Breaches its Course. Water Album by Ma Yuan. Source: Wikimedia. ***I am happy to report that the book chapter that I have been working is going well and that I can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. Once I have time to get back to regular blogging there are a bunch of biographies that I want to write up. And since I have spent most of the last week writing about the legacies of the Boxer Uprising….today seem like the perfect time to revisit the life of martial artists and rebel [...]
Fri, Apr 21, 2017
Source: Kung Fu Tea: Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies
Twin Chinese Pagodas in Singapore. Source: Wikimedia. ***I am happy to report that I am making good progress on my current writing project. But it is still an ongoing task, and one that consumed much of my weekend. As such our post for this Monday is another essay pulled for the archives. This essay asks what Ip Man's “rules of conduct” suggest about the origins and social place of Wing Chun within the larger community of the Southern Chinese martial arts. Enjoy!*** Introduction: Defining Community in the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts How does one define [...]
Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Source: Kung Fu Tea: Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies