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Torn Between Tradition and Modernization, Examples from Japan and China

By William A. Note: This illustration appears to depict someone who looks more like Gichin Funakoshi father of Shotokan Karate rather than Chouki; Japanese sources point out this editorial mistake was a point of bitter rivalry between the two men. Western influence in Japan and China was a source of national self-reflection triggering at times […]

An Overview of Chinese Martial Arts in the Olympics

By William A. with Translations by Mei C. “It is difficult to find a Chinese citizen in good shape, eager to learn new things, with a strong and proper attitude in life, this makes them lack courage and motivation. They have the characteristics of sick men; How many generations must pass until we realize that […]

Ma Liang – Chinese Martial Arts Modernizer, Warlord and Traitor

By William A. M.Eng., with translations by Mei C. B.A. The China of the early XXth century experienced major political and social changes thanks to a combination of local and foreign forces creating the right environment from which many reformers arose. In the realm of Chinese martial arts, Ma Liang (馬良) also know as Ma […]

Perceptions of the “Sick” Men of East Asia in Spanish-speaking Countries

By William A. A Chinese martial arts master has died, the students make preparations for his funeral in anticipation of those people seeking to pay their respects. During a moment of silence following a speech by one senior member of the Chinese school, a group of Japanese martial artists make their entrance and arrogantly offered […]

Una visión histórica de las artes marciales mixtas en China

Por William Acevedo y Mei Cheung Publicado en: Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas, 2011 English Version: A Historical Overview of Mixed Martial Arts in China Resumen Las Artes Marciales Mixtas (MMA) se han convertido en uno de los deportes de combate que más rápidamente ha crecido en el siglo XXI, atrayendo a millones de espectadores […]

Martial Destination: A Lifetime Dedicated to the Martial Traditions, An Interview with Professor Ma Mingda

By William A., M.Eng., P.E.g, Translations by Brenda H. Ph.D. and Mei C. B.A. (Original Published in Kung Fu Taiji Magazine) One of the most influential Chinese martial arts scholars in China today is without a doubt professor Ma Mingda, a history professor at Jinan University in the city of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. Most of […]