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How Bodybuilders, Soldiers and a Hairdresser Reinvented Martial Arts for America

Why do so many Americans practice martial arts? How did kung fu get its own movie genre? What makes mixed martial arts so popular? This book answers these questions for the first time with historical research.

“Scholarly yet accessible.... This volume deserves a spot of the shelf of any serious student of martial arts...engaging.... This book is mandatory and quite enjoyable reading for anyone interested in martial arts history”—Chinese Martial Studies

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