KFP 166 – Theater of Combat Pt 2

Coming In Part 2, The Pivotal Academic Debate


Joseph Needham and Paul Holcombe

Popular Religion and Martial Arts Unifies Groups

The Glue that gets us across demographic and geographic lines.

** Figures from Ben Judkins Essay **


#1. What are the reasons that popular religion and martial arts would be associated with large rebellions?

#2. If you want to eliminate spirituality as real topic in Martial Arts, it isn’t difficult, as Professor Peter Lorge has demonstrated, all you need to do is ______?

#3. The Chinese Opera served as a great way to tell the popular military stories, often portrayed by martial artists?

#4. Chinese Opera was often tied into local religious culture.

“the local temples (and their charitable organizations) that usually hired the opera troops in the first place.  And while the entire community would come out to watch the performance, the affair was usually part of a religious ritual staged for the local gods.  It was their statues that would get the best box seats, allowing them to enjoy the show from the VIP section. “

#5. Shandong Plumb Blossom clan’s involvement with the anti-foreign violence. The vast majority of the local martial artists could not wait to sign up and participate.

The vast majority of the local martial artists wanted nothing to do with it. In fact, only one pair of local instructors actually joined the clan, and they were excommunicated by their school for doing so.


#6. Even the Emperor’s Confucian Secretary recognized ______


Reference: Agent of Action : Ben Judkins

Reevaluating the “Theater of Combat”: A Critical Look at Charles Holcombe, Popular Religion and the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts.

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