Kung Fu Tea

Lau Bun demonstrating a form in the late 1960s. Source: http://plumblossom.net/ChoyLiFut/laubun.html

Introduction

Given that this post will be released on Columbus Day, I thought that it might be fun to think about some “new world” martial arts history.  Lau Bun was both a colorful and critical figure in the early Bay Area Chinese martial arts scene.  If you are interested in learning more about him or other individuals like T. Y. Wong, James Lee or Bruce Lee, be sure to also check out my review of Charles Russo’s recent book Striking Distance: Bruce Lee and the Dawn of Martial Arts in America.  Enjoy!

 Choy Li Fut’s place in southern Chinese martial culture.

Let me ask you a question.  What was the largest and most socially important martial art in Guangdong during the late 19th and early 20th century?  What was the first martial art to organize an…

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