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Paul Bowman is a professor of cultural studies at Cardiff University. He’s the author of multiple books on martial arts, including several about Bruce Lee, and most recently, “The invention of martial arts: popular culture between Asia and America”, which was published by Oxford University press in 2020.
Paul also helped establish the academic journal Marital Arts Studies, and organised conferences for the Martial Arts Studies Research Network.
In this chat we reminisce about our times training together, talk about paul’s recent discovery of Brazilian jiujutsu and discuss the emergent field of martial arts studies.
10.15: The Bruce Lee period
Theorizing Bruce Lee: Film-Fantasy-Fighting-Philosophy
Beyond Bruce Lee: Chasing the Dragon Through Film, Philosophy, and Popular Culture 1 Mar. 2013
16.00: I am Bruce Lee, the movie
17.30: Marital Arts Studies
22.40: Understanding Identity Through Martial Arts, with Prof Adam Frank
23.53: On How to Talk about Taekwondo, with Professor Paul Bowman
31.05: The invention of martial arts
On The Invention of Martial Arts with Prof Paul Bowman
The Invention of Martial Arts: Popular Culture Between Asia and America 24 Feb. 2021
44.50: David Carradine – No Limitations Be Anything
55.00: Comedy and honour around martial arts styles
Are Filipino Martial Arts Realistic? | Master Ken
Sensei Seth: If Every Martial Arts Style Taught Each Other