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A Year in the Chinese Martial Arts: The Events and Stories that Shaped 2012, Part I

A Reblog in Chinese Martial Studies

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Introduction

New Years is upon us and that means that it is time to sit back and reflect on the year’s accomplishments and events.  This is particularly important in the martial arts as only through studying our actions and responses can we improve upon them.  Nearly all schools of hand combat are built on a rigorous foundation of self analysis.

The same is true of academics and scholarship.  2012 has been a big year for the field of Chinese martial studies.  We have made progress in some areas, but others still appear to be lacking.

Below is my own personal countdown of the news stories that have had the greatest impact on the world of the Chinese martial arts in 2012.  Some of these stories made a big splash during the year, others were less well reported, and a few are general trends that seemed to come up over and…

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