3 Variable Lead Us To The Earliest Recorded Civilian Martial Artists
It's Not Techniques That Mark The Path
This Podcast is the most work to date, from beginning to end. Estimated
Work Time : 8 1/2 hours.
I believe that the research and effort in this podcast is worth it for
any martial artists.
It filled with history, but we will look at a very specific time period,
near the Song Dynasty.
The podcasts starts with recognizing Listeners who have contacted me,
such as the Havant Wing Chun School in Havant, UK
Then a story about a Village Leader, and his family that was murdered.
The podcast is built around a book review, by Ben Judkins of KungFu Tea :
The Historian, Peter Lorge, does some serious digging into the past, in
his book :
Chinese Martial Arts
What was the motivation behind this Podcast?
Recently I became aware of how much words like 'Tradition' and
'Ancestors' mean to many Martial Artists. Though many practitioners may
not have a direct interest in 'history' and my interest in history is
limited to functional or 'DNA' history, meaning if it helps me explain
where we are now, or if I can use it, I am happy.
Then there is a story of a story about a Village Leader, and his family
that were murdered. This sort of story of bandits, thieves, pirates,
gangsters and seasonal outlaws were part of the very reason that
Civilians were motivated to learn martial arts. Though in many cases,
the ruling empire would regulate or ban versions of martial arts
depending upon their trust in the people of the region.
For most empires they would segregate 'martial arts' from 'military arts
of violence', so a bow or crossbow may not be permitted, but boxing,
wrestling, and staff would be allowed for some civilians, because it was
not considered a military threat.
Martial Art as we know it today was born from this continuing threat to
protect yourself, those you love and your community.
Also Mentioned in this Podcast
First Wooden Dummy : KFP 45
and Chinese Martial Arts : KFP 49
Entanglements of Chinese Martial Arts Lineages
of Society in Chinese Martial Arts Lineages : KFP 66
Judkins recommended these two texts as well :
Cambridge Illustrated History of China
: A New History
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Sifu TW Smith