A new episode of the Tai Chi Notebook podcast is out, featuring Paul Bowman.
Click the link above, or you’ll find it on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Search for The Tai Chi Notebook.
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
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology your favourite Tai Chi blog is now available in podcast form. No, not that one, I mean, my blog, The Tai Chi Notebook.
A glorious computer voice called Cassidy now reads my blog posts and publishes them as an audio podcast, so I don’t have to. I’m still playing around with the system, so I imagine it will start badly and get better 🙂
Anyway, my first episode, my review of Kent Howard’s Introduction to Baguazhang is now live as a podcast episode. Enjoy!
RSS feed if you want to subscribe.
Spotify page (available in a few days)
There’s a brilliant new Martial Arts Studies podcast now available for people who like a little grey matter stimulation with their pugilism.
You’ll find discussions here with lots of academics in the emerging field of Martial Arts Studies.
One to subscribe to!
Image credit: Diogo Nunes
After smashing our first Patreon target on the Heretics Podcast we have delivered on our promise by providing a special podcast episode that’s exclusive to our Patreons.
The episode called “Self Defence and the Miasma” features Graham and Damon talking about a subject that’s close to both their hearts – martial arts. We view how its practice in modern times has become influenced by the Miasma, and where lessons from Shamanistic technique can be applied.
To get the episode you need to become a Patreon. Even $1 Patreons get access to the exclusive podcast episode! There are various tiers of membership, higher levels of which give you access to Damon’s copious episode notes, (which are really good) and we’ll soon be launching a private discussion area.
Just a quick heads-up. If you want to be notified when a new episode of the Heretics podcast is out I’ve created a Facebook page that you can follow. I think it will act as the ‘Homepage’ for the podcast until we get a website sorted.
So far we’ve managed a new episode every week since we started. The next one will be on… Xingyi.
In the last episode of the Heretics podcast for 2019 from Damon and I, we look at the deeds of Qin Shi Huangdi, the man who created China.
“Qin Shi Huangdi’s name, Qin (Chin), is the origin of the word China, and with good reason – he was the man who unified the states that collectively formed China. A vicious madman, his dynasty lasted for only about 15 years, but set the tone and structure of China’s civilisation for more than two thousand years.”
Topics covered also include Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese Legalism and military tactics.
A quick shout out to this new podcast from Ruadhán MacFadden. Inspired by a mapping project he created on various historical and cultural aspects of grappling arts. The map contains 74 different folk wrestling styles and shows their location in the world.
The podcast focusses on all the different styles, starting with Irish Collar and Elbow. Enjoy!
And part 3 of our History of Jiujitsu and Kempo is out! This time we have Bartitsu, the truth about Ninjas, the British connection, the controversial origins of the BJJ belt system and the birth of pro wrestling in Japan.
I know. I had you at “the truth about Ninjas”.
Listen to “#3 The Origins of Jiu Jitsu and Kempo (part 3)” on Spreaker.
Just wanted to give my readers a quick heads-up. I’m starting a new podcast!
Since I appeared on Ken Gullette’s Internal Fighting Arts podcast a couple of weeks ago I’ve been contacted by various people about different things and one of them was my old XingYi teacher Damon Smith who runs the Woven Energy podcast. He wanted to see if I’d like to help him out with his new Heretics Podcast.
The Woven Energy podcast is about Shamanism and contains frequent calls to action, so they give ideas you might like to try out and techniques. In contrast, the Heretics podcast is going to be a place where subjects that don’t fall under the banner of Shamanism can be discussed, like, say, martial arts. There will also be no call to action.
The name is in reference to the origins of the concept of heresy, back in Gnostic Christianity, and the fact that we will probably be talking about things that are against society’s commonly held beliefs. Starting with martial arts.
In the first episode, I make the mistake of asking Damon, ‘what is the history of Jiujitsu?’
Covers: Kempo, Jiujitsu, Japan-China trade, Yakuza, Samurai, Shoguns and much more….
Anyway, expect the first episode…. soon…
I was interviewed for Ken Gullette’s Internal Fighting Arts podcast recently. It was a fun show and Ken is a gracious and generous host and a new friend in martial arts. We had a really wide-ranging discussion about so many different subjects. I’m sure each topic we touched on could have been a podcast in itself, but Ken did a great job editing it to keep it on track.
We start talking about what it’s like starting BJJ later in life, then move on to Chinese martial arts like Tai Chi, Choy Lee Fut and XingYi and if they are still relevant today for self-defence. Hopefully, you find something here of interest.
Thanks to Ken for the opportunity. I’d suggest checking out his other episodes, too.
Here’s the link to mine.