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The creation of Wing Tsun: a German case study

Koerner, Swen, Staller, Mario S. and Judkins, Benjamin N. 2019. The creation of Wing Tsun: a German case study. Martial Arts Studies 7 , pp. 5-18. 10.18573/mas.60

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Abstract

Ip Man’s immigration to Hong Kong in 1949, followed by Bruce Lee’s sudden fame as a martial arts superstar after 1971, ensured that wing chun kung fu, a previously obscure hand combat style from Guangdong Province, would become one of the most globally popular Chinese martial arts. Yet this success has not been evenly distributed. Despite its cultural and geographic distance from Hong Kong, Germany now boasts a number of wing chun practitioners that is second only to China. The following article draws on the prior work of Judkins and Nielson [2015], as well as on systems theory, to understand possible reasons for why this is the case. Drawing on both local historical sources and various theoretical approaches, we outline which constellations, structures, and semantic strategies proved decisive.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 2057-5696
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 February 2019
Date of Acceptance: 30 December 2018
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 12:16
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/119222

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