5 Ways Martial Arts Can Change the World

If you think your contribution to martial arts does not matter, think again. You are keeping our world moving in the right direction. 1.Leadership Children who learn martial arts will be children who have leadership core values. When you practice martial art skills, even as a child, you face your weaknesses and your fears and…

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Kung fu master uses genitals to pull bus down street — INFO JONES

May 19 (UPI) — A kung fu master in China showed off his strength in a highly unusual way — using his genitals to pull an entire bus. The video, filmed May 2, shows the kung fu master in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, using a rope attached to his nether regions to pull the bus, which […]

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Kung Fu: Old style Mantis

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There’s a new YouTube channel called Jiang Hu that’s just launched containing ‘old’ types of Kung Fu performed by a couple of Western Kung Fu practitioners based in China. The first video clip posted caught my eye. It’s an old Praying Mantis Kung Fu form called Luan Jie performed by ‘Will’ who also runs the Monkey Steals Peach blog.

The description reads: “Luan Jie 乱接 is the oldest form recorded in Praying Mantis Kung Fu. It is made up of 36 Mother Techniques, the core of the system. Here, Will performs the Luan Jie form from the Taiji Mantis lineage of Zhou Zhen Dong.”

I’ve heard of this “Taiji Mantis” name before, but I’m unsure wether that’s Mantis influenced by Taijiquan, or whether just a coincidental naming convention. Either way, it’s a really nice performance, and I like the hooking techniques done with both the arms and legs.


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The Soldier, the Marketplace Boxer and the Recluse: Mapping the Social Location of the Martial Arts in Late Imperial China. — Kung Fu Tea

***As I mentioned earlier this week, I am currently preparing for the upcoming Martial Arts Studies conference in Cardiff. As such I have decided to revisit one of the earlier major essays that I wrote for this blog (all the way back in 2013). Kung Fu Tea was just starting to grow at that […]

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On Mastery: Learning Kyudo — One of Japan’s Oldest and Most Respected Martial Arts — Longreads

After a trip to Japan to improve her archery skills, Leigh Ann Henion realizes that achievement with the bow and arrow comes only after mastering one’s mind.

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The Martial Arts of Love

I am entranced by a book I downloaded called The Art Of Peace. It is written by Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of the martial art of Aikido. Wikipedia Description: Aikido (Japanese: 合気道? Hepburn: aikidō) [aikiꜜdoː] is a modern martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido […]

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Kungfu News in China

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quanzhou taolu cup.jpgquanzhou taolu cup2.jpgFirst Taolu World Cup

The first Taolu World Cup was held by International Wushu Federation and attracted more than 200 top Wushu athletes from over 22 countries.  These athletes were “The top 8 placed athletes from the 13th World Wushu Championships,” which made this a very elite competition. There were 22 individual competitions, including Man’s Taiji Quan, Women’s Jian Shu and so on.

Fuzhou, China, 18th to 20th November 2016



hainan 2.jpg3RD National Wushu Taiji Quan cup

The 3RD National Wushu Taiji Quan cup took place after two speculated competitions were held in Qionghai and Ding’an in 2014 and 2015. Many famous Chinese Kung Fu stars such as Jet Li and Ji Chunhua were invited and attended the event. According to Huailiang Liu, who is the president of Hainan Wushu Association, the purpose of this competition was “to emphasize Chinese traditional martial art and grow the influence of Taiji… Also, the core value of Taiji is ‘harmony’ and this event can express our wish of building a harmonious society.”

Hainan, China from December 1st to 3rd 2016




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Anime and the Education of a Martial Artist

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Occasionally life takes a turn and one’s personal martial arts training gets moved to the back burner.  The last couple of weeks have been like that as my wife and I have been engulfed in a seemingly unending move.  It certainly could have been worse as on paper it was a just a short hop up the road to a new apartment complex.  Still, one should never underestimate the utter devastation that is unleashed by a stack of cardboard boxes and a U-Haul van.

At times like this I find myself envying Buddhist monks and other individuals who have walked away from the concept of material possessions.  My weakness, unsurprisingly, is books.  And it seems that a very large percentage of these books feature images of martial artists on their covers.

Unfortunately, all of those books are still sitting in neatly labeled, identical, 12 inch by 12 inch moving…

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Research Notes: Kung Fu at the American School in Shanghai, 1936

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A young TY Wong, right, at the 1928 Central Goushu Institute’s national martial arts demonstration in Nanjing, China. Source: From the Collection of Charles Russo.

Martial Arts Exhibitions, Old and New

Earlier today I saw a Facebook notice reminding me that I am about to miss an event with the lightsaber combat group that I am currently doing an ethnography with.  They have been asked to give an exhibition by a local charity.  The entire thing sounds like a lot of fun, and if I was not in the middle of a move into a new apartment, I would certainly be going.

Nevertheless, an experienced martial artist could probably guess what will be on their agenda, even if you have never seen a lightsaber exhibition before.  A few highly dedicated groups specialize in elaborate staged spectacles that include real scripts, extensive combat choreography, stage direction and special effects.  The late…

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An Opportunity to Document the Indian Martial Arts

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Prof. Phillip Zarrilli’s  name will already be familiar to many.  His book, When the Body Becomes All Eyes: Paradigms, Discourses and Practices of Power in Kalarippayattu, a South Indian Martial Art (Oxford UP, 2000) was an important landmark in the development of Martial Arts Studies.  It provided readers with both the first ethnographic study of kalarippayattu and new models for the scholarly study of the physical aspects of the martial arts.  Those wanting to learn more about his body of work may want to check out this paper, or watch his keynote address at last years Martial Arts Studies conference.

Recently, I was asked if I would pass along the following note from Professor Zarrilli, and I have done so below.  This could be a great opportunity for any scholar or filmmaker interested in this martial art.  Please feel free to share this request on social media.

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