Here is a link to another thought provoking post at Kung Fu Tea. In it the author selects what he considered to be the top website for Chinese Martial Arts and why. Below is an excerpt.
New Years is a great time to reflect on where we have been, as well
as where we are going. As such, we would like to announce our pick for
the “Top Chinese Martial Arts Webpage of the Year 2012.”
To be eligible
for selection a webpage must have been active in the year 2012 and it
must promote the study and understanding of some critical aspect of
Chinese martial culture. It must also make a substantial original
contribution in either its research, journalism, art or creative
writing. Finally, the webpage must be available on the open internet
(e.g., you should not have to be a member of an exclusive social media
community to access it).
Beyond that everything can get quite subjective. “Chinese martial
culture” is a huge research area with lots of different branches.
Better still, there are a great many individuals devoting their time and
resources to researching and spreading this information. Collectively
our community turned out some great work in 2012. Picking “the best”
webpage was literally impossible. There was just an embarrassment of
riches and too many “apples to oranges” comparisons.
As a result we decided that the winner would be the webpage that best
captured the spirit of the year and responded to both the challenges
and opportunities that 2012 presented. What sorts of issues were
these? You can read more about them here and here.
So, without further ado, the winner of the first annual Kung Fu Tea Webpage of the Year Award goes to chineselongsword.com.
This webpage is a must read for anyone interested in reconstructing the
traditional battlefield techniques recorded in Ming and Qing era
fighting manuals. In fact, chineselongsword.com
has translated a number of historic and important works into English,
vastly expanding the audience that can now read and interact with these
Anyone who has been involved in the reconstruction of historic
fighting systems can tell you that translation is not even half of the
battle. Figuring out how to bring the various illustrations and
instructions to life in a historically accurate manner is a real
challenge. Yet increasingly this seems to be a challenge that martial
artists are eager to accept. The founders to this web-resource offer a
number of videos and blog entries detailing their own reconstruction of
the ancient fighting texts, and of course readers are free to come up
with their own.
Chineselongsword.com is located in Singapore. You can read more about the young individuals behind this project in this interview.
We believe this sort of project is very suggestive of a number of
important trends in the Chinese martial arts today. To begin with, we
like the fact that these individuals are drawing on a broad range of
martial and academic skills as they attempt to solve historical
problems. We also like the fact that they are willing to subject their
reconstructions to experimentation to see what works under a variety of
It is also very interesting to us that the types of research they are
currently carrying out happens outside of the strictures of a
traditional martial arts school. At the same time, they generate a huge
amount of insight and information that might be helpful to a number of