Martial Arts Studies on Bruce Lee’s Birthday

I have just returned from an interesting conference in Korea on the history, politics and culture of traditional Asian martial arts. On the flight home I rather blearily wrote a quick report on my experiences and thoughts (which I posted here).
Because today is (or would have been) Bruce Lee’s 75th Birthday, it seemed to me like a good day to send an update on some martial arts studies related events and activities.
As it is Lee’s birthday, I also wanted to give away my most recent book about Bruce Lee – Beyond Bruce Lee: Chasing the Dragon through Film, Philosophy and Popular Culture (2013) – as well as one or two other publications. (You can download them all if you follow the links here, or directly from my page here.)
Next I wanted to draw attention to the first AHRC-funded event of the Martial Arts Studies Research Network. This is the one-day conference at the University of Brighton (Eastbourne Campus), Gender Issues in Theory and Practice on Friday5th February 2016. Registration is free but you must register – here. (Alternatively, paste this link into your browser:
Our next network event will be a day-long event in Birmingham on Friday 1st April, organised by issues inspired and encapsulated by Kung Fury. Further details will follow soon. Watch this space!
Finally, a reminder about the next Martial Arts Studies Conference in Cardiff, from 19-21 July. Registration for this major international conference is here (, and you should register early to get the cheapest tickets and best value for money.
We have an growing and impressive line-up of speakers and presenters at this conference – just a few of which are listed here:
Please be aware that those who register early enough will be able to register for affordable Cardiff University accommodation for the three days of the conference. We cannot guarantee this for late registration. So, if you are serious about attending and you want to minimise costs, earlier registration is advised.
Needless to say, perhaps, we are still inviting proposals and abstracts. Instructions are here:
I’d also like to draw your attention to our film competition – which offers a chance to win free registration, accommodation, food, and everything:
So, those are the main updates from me. Any questions – let me know!
I hope to see some of you soon.

Big News in Martial Arts Studies

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Three Big Pieces of News:

We are delighted to announce that issue #1 of the new open-access journal Martial Arts Studies has been published. The issue is free to view, download and share here:

On a related note, we are equally happy to announce that there is now a Martial Arts Studies Book Series, which will be published by Rowman & Littlefield International. Anyone working on an academic monograph in martial arts studies should consider applying to publish in this series, as books will appear simultaneously in hardback, paperback and ebook formats.

Finally, a quick reminder that Earlybird discounts are still available for the Martial Arts Studies Conference at Cardiff University from 19-21 July 2016. If you book soon enough, you will also be able to reserve a room in a Cardiff University Hall of residence at an incredibly cheap price. But places are limited. First come, first served: Book early to avoid disappointment! Further information is available here:

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