Lives of Chinese Martial Artists (10): Chen Shichao and Chen Gongzhe: Creating the Jingwu Revolution
A photo of female martial artists from the Jingwu Anniversary Book. The woman on the left is Chen Shichao, one of the most vocal campaigners for the equality of female martial artists within Jingwu. She toured China and south east Asia promoting female involvement in the martial arts.
It is hard to think of any group or association that has had a greater effect on the emergence of the modern Chinese martial arts than the Jingwu Athletic Association. Founded in Shangahi in the closing years of the Qing dynasty this institution was destined to become the first truly national “brand” within the Chinese martial arts. It combined modern organizational, funding and advertising models with the message that the path to “national salvation” could be found within a reformed and modernized vision of Chinese culture. More than that, it argued that Chinese culture was the true foundation of the…
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