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A Blast from the Past, Martial Arts in Colombia

By W. Acevedo In a previous post we presented a general overview of the introduction of different Asian martial arts to Latin America and the state of martial studies which has continue to evolve as new contributions towards our understanding of these and other fighting practices e.g. machete fighting, have being published in these countries. […]

Chinese Martial Arts History and Practice by Stanley Henning

As the saying goes “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” it’s been thirty three years since I started my martial arts practice and over a decade when I discovered a paper that triggered my interest on the historical evolution of Chinese martial arts. The article in question was “The Chinese Martial […]

Practical Application of Chinese Martial Arts with Tim Cartmell

When I started my at times rocky martial arts journey thirty three years ago, Chinese martial arts (CMA) was (at least for me) something unattainable. The only arts at hand in my city were Japanese and Korean, which I trained for almost a decade. However, I always felt something was missing, in the early 1990s […]

Training to Fight with Chinese Martial Arts in the Republican Era Part II

Security forces training While the books used in our survey already discussed in part I were aimed to civilians a few had either the police or the army as target audience. One of the first comprehensive curriculums created in the early XXth Century was Ma Liang’s Zhonghua Xing Wushu (New Martial Arts of China) published […]

 Learning How to Fight with Chinese Martial Arts in the Republican Era Part I

By William A., Mei C. special thanks to Dennis Rovere for his valuable insights and corrections Martial arts in general and Chinese martial arts in particular have been characterized by an aura of mystery on what a devoted practitioner can achieve after mastering a traditional style. Many of these misconceptions stemmed from novels, movies and […]

Training of Chinese Communist Forces during the Civil War and the War of Resistance against Japanese Invasion

By William A. & Mei C. During the early XXth Century a recurring theme in the different introductions and articles written during this period refers to strengthening the nation through physical culture This thesis is explained by Mao Zedong (1893-1976), who became the leader of the Communist Party, in the article A Study on Physical […]

The Big Knife as a Symbol of Resistance and Terror

By William A. & Mei C. The Big Knife (Da Dao) is an iconic weapon that even today regularly appears in popular culture outlets such as TV drama series, movies, books, mail stamps, monuments, toys and even graphic novels available for the general public in China. It serves as a stark reminder of national resistance […]