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MARTIAL MUSINGS


This column address issues regarding martial arts such as the history of particular styles, martial ethics, biographies of famous practitioners, book reviews, and other themes.

If you have any topics you wish to address, feel free to e-mail John Kang.




Evolution of the Wuxia Movie
The Hero
Conflict has been an element of human existence since the dawn of time, stemming from reasons as diverse as disputes over food resources to control over national boundaries. Martial Arts were born as a way to minimize unpredictability in combat.... MORE....




Li Jing, courtesy of Adam Tow North Leg South Fist
A Brief History of Chinese Martial Arts
Conflict has been an element of human existence since the dawn of time, stemming from reasons as diverse as disputes over food resources to control over national boundaries. Martial Arts were born as a way to minimize unpredictability in combat.... MORE....




What is your Pedigree?
The Importance and Shortfall of Lineage in Martial Arts
Just as owners of purebred dogs concern themselves with the purity of their pets' pedigree, the martial art student should seriously consider the authenticity of their lineage. MORE....




Who's Your Daddy?
Master vs. Sifu in Chinese Martial Arts
In a journey through the martial arts section of your local yellow pages, you will undoubtedly discover a long listing of instructors with the title of Master, and some with the even loftier title of Grandmaster... MORE




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