Japanese Martial Arts in Russia, The creation of Sambo and Sino-Russian Cooperation at Whampoa

When Japan was forced to open its borders to foreigners beginning the Meiji Restoration, it also helped spread Japanese culture overseas. The interest for Japanese objects or Japonism (from the French Japonisme) first appeared in 1872. This movement influenced European arts and culture, even though some Japanese elements had already entered the west through the … Continue reading Japanese Martial Arts in Russia, The creation of Sambo and Sino-Russian Cooperation at Whampoa

Torn Between Tradition and Modernization, Examples from Japan and China

By William A. P.Eng., M.Eng. 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 … Continue reading Torn Between Tradition and Modernization, Examples from Japan and China

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 … Continue reading An Overview of Chinese Martial Arts in the Olympics

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 witnessed important changes driven by political and social forces both external and internal creating the right environment from which many reformers arose. In the realm of Chinese martial arts, Ma Liang (馬良) courtesy name Ma Zizhen (馬子真, 1864-1947) would pioneered the … Continue reading Ma Liang – Chinese Martial Arts Modernizer, Warlord and Traitor

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

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 their "respects" to … Continue reading Perceptions of the “Sick” Men of East Asia in Spanish-speaking Countries

Christian Warlord and Martial Artist, Feng Yuxiang

Translations by Mei C. Feng Yuxiang (Jishan), author's personal collection One of the topics I find fascinating is the practice of Chinese martial arts in the early XX Century. Specifically the Big Knife Units for which we are in the process of preparing a paper to be released in the near future. The main sponsor … Continue reading Christian Warlord and Martial Artist, Feng Yuxiang