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Giving Boredom a Chance: A View from New York (ven, 03 apr 2020)
    Introduction This is the second essay in our short series examining the ways that the current health crisis has impacted those of us who sit at the intersection of martial arts practice, communities of martial artists, and Martial... Continue Reading →
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Guest Post: Covid-19 Confessions and Martial Arts Studies (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
Introduction What follows is the first in a series of guest posts wrestling with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and its impact on martial arts, martial artists and Martial Arts Studies.  Given the dislocation and losses that have been suffered by... Continue Reading →
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History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 8 – Lineage, Transmission and Legitimacy (Sat, 28 Mar 2020)
  A Quick COVID-19 Note First off, apologies are in order.  My blogging has been irregular and we have gotten behind with our weekly updates on the “History of East Asian Martial Arts” class being taught by Prof. TJ Hinrichs... Continue Reading →
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Martial Arts Studies – Issue 9 Release (Mon, 23 Mar 2020)
  Introduction At a time when practically everything has been “paused,” Paul Bowman and I are thrilled to announce that the ninth issue of Martial Arts Studies has just been published on the Cardiff University Press webpage and is now... Continue Reading →
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Field Notes: Sticks, Blades and Movement Along the Pacific Rim (Thu, 12 Mar 2020)
  Introduction Michael J. Ryan has has been kind enough to share with us some of his field notes from a recent hoplology project which he had the good fortune to participate in.  The focus of these exchanges, interviews and... Continue Reading →
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History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 7 – Buddhism and Martial Arts (Sat, 07 Mar 2020)
Introduction I have noticed a persistent tendency by some to strive to maintain an artificial barrier between the physicality of martial arts practice one the one hand, and the myriad ways it is discussed in literature, film and popular culture... Continue Reading →
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Evaluating Swords: A Lost Martial Text from the Han Dynasty (Mon, 02 Mar 2020)
    Introduction No modern civilization enjoys a longer and richer history than China.  Yet accessing it can be a challenge for scholars. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the study of martial arts. The oldest existing Chinese hand... Continue Reading →
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History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 6 – China and the Qing Era Martial Literati (Sat, 29 Feb 2020)
    Introduction Welcome to week six of “History of East Asian Martial Arts.”  This series follows the readings being used in Prof. TJ Hinrichs’ undergraduate course of the same name at Cornell University.  This is a great opportunity for... Continue Reading →
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LK Chen and the Rebirth of the Han Jian (Wed, 26 Feb 2020)
    Introduction Over the last year many Chinese martial arts students in the West have become aware of the replica Han dynasty weapons currently being produced by LK Chen in Guangdong.  These high-quality pieces are all the more attractive... Continue Reading →
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History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 5 – Peacetime Bushi and Urban Gangsters (Fri, 21 Feb 2020)
  Introduction Welcome to week five of “History of East Asian Martial Arts.”  This series follows the readings being used in Prof. TJ Hinrichs’ undergraduate course of the same name at Cornell University.  This is a great opportunity for readers... Continue Reading →
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