Hawaii Karate Seinenkai.


Independent Scholar
Chinese Martial Studies Research

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Standing with iron Crescent Moon Halberd,
symbol for Chinese military examinations,
Zhenyuan Museum, Guizhou 2003.

Standing with iron Crescent Moon Halberd,
symbol for Chinese military examinations,
Zhenyuan Museum, Guizhou 2003
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Stanley E. Henning served 28 years (1965-93) in the U.S. Army in a wide variety of assignments that included overseas tours in Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong, where he supervised the U.S. Army officer advanced Chinese language and area studies program at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence Chinese Language School. He taught English language and literature at Yunnan Normal University from 1995-96, and served as a Department of Defense civilian China policy officer from 1999-2004. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and has written articles on Chinese defense strategy, language, and history. He studied Yang style Taijiquan and Shanxi Che style Xingyiquan under Wu Chao-hsiang in Taiwan (1970-72). He holds a Masters degree in Overseas Operations from the University of Hawaii, through an East-West Center grant, and a BA in History from The Virginia Military Institute. See: Martial Arts: An Ingrained Element of Chinese Culture, by Stanley E. Henning, 2014.


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Chinese Martial Arts: History and Practice, by Stanley E. Henning. The Ethnic Publishing House, 2017. 148 pages. Chinese and English languages


East Asian Martial Arts Cultures of China, Japan and Korea, by Stanley E. Henning, March 31, 2015.

Understanding Chinese Martial Arts Culture, by Stanley E. Henning, November 26, 2014.

Viewing The Origins of Taijiquan From Another Angle, by Stanley E. Henning, October 16, 2014.

Demystifying China; New Understandings of Chinese History, Edited by Naomi Standen, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2013.

  • "Chinese Martial Arts", Chapter 9, pp. 89-98

The 60th Anniversary of Shanghai University of Sport/The 3d Shenjiang International Forum on Wushu,
"Chinese Martial Arts Confront the 21st Century", 2007

Conference on Asian Popular Culture, University of Victoria, British Columbia, April 16-18, 1998.
Paper presented, published in Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 8, No. 3, 1999.

International Forum on Taijiquan, 2003, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, December 26-28.
Talked on International Development of Taijiquan.

Ethnic Cultural Construction and Contemporary Chinese Martial Arts, 2007.
Xinjiang Normal University, Urumqi, Aug 6-9, discussed future of martial arts. Paper in Chinese submitted, "Fujian: Home of Southern Boxing -- Door to the Spread of Chinese Martial Arts.

Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia, 2 Volumes, Thomas A. Green, Editor, ABC CLIO: Santa Barbara, 2001.
(Member, Editorial Board, and Chinese Martial Arts Contributor) (revised edition due out early 2009):

  • Animal and Imitative Systems in Chinese Martial Arts, 16-18.
  • Boxing, Chinese, 26-32.
  • China, Martial Arts, 65-72.
  • External vs. Internal Martial Arts (views mentioned), 119-122.
  • Folklore in the Martial Arts (co-authored with Dr. Tom Green), 123-135.
  • Japanese Martial Arts, Chinese Influences On, 199-300.
  • Korean Martial Arts, Chinese Influences On, 299-300.
  • Religion and Spiritual Development: China, 455-462.
  • Women in the Martial Arts: China, 689-692.
  • Wrestling and Grappling: China (edited historical portion), 705-710.
  • Written Texts: China 745-748.

Martial Arts in the Modern World, T.A. Green and J.R. Svinth, Editors, Praeger, 2003.

  • "The Martial Arts in Chinese Physical Culture, 1865-1965", pp. 13-35.

China Review International

  • Douglas Wile's Lost T'ai Chi Classics From the Late Ch'ing Dynasty, Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall 1997.
  • National Physical Culture and Sports Commission Martial Arts Research Institute's Chinese Martial Arts History, Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall 1998.
  • "Academia Encounters the Chinese Martial Arts", Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 1999.
  • Ma Mingda's Discourses on the Sword: Collected Manuscripts, Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2004.
  • Anthony Schmieg's Watching Your Back: Chinese Martial Arts and Traditional Medicine, Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2005.
  • Barbara Davis' The Taijiquan Classics, Vol. 13, No. 2, Fall 2006.
  • Brian Kennedy & Elizabeth Guo's Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2008, 247-249.
  • Meir Shahar's The Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2008, 113-121.

Classical Fighting Arts
  • "The Imaginary World of Buddhism and East Asian Martial Arts", Vol. 2, No. 12, 2007.
  • "Thoughts on The Origins and Transmission of Yongchun Boxing", Vol. 2, No. 15, 2008.
  • Review of Kennedy, Brian & Elizabeth Guo:" Jingwu: The School That Transformed Kung Fu": Berkeley, and Rovere, Dennis and Chow Hon Huen (Trans.); The Xingyi Quan of the Chinese Army; Berkeley: Blue Snake Books, 2008, Vol. 2 No. 22 (Issue #45), p. 69.
  • "Notes on an Early Qing Boxing Manual", Vol. 2 No. 24 (Issue #47), pages 42-45.
  • Review of Peter A. Lorge: "Chinese Martial Arts From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century", Cambridge University Press, 2012, Vol. 2 No. 24 (Issue #47), p. 69.
  • "The Role of Boxing in Ming Period Martial Arts", Vol. 2 No. 27 (issue 50), pp. 56-61 & p. 68. 2014.

Journal of Asian Martial Arts

  • "Chinese Boxing: The Internal Versus External Schools In the Light of History and Theory", Vol. 6, No. 3, 1997.
  • "Observations on A Visit to the Shaolin Monastery", Vol. 7, No. 1, 1998.
  • "Southern Fists and Northern Legs: The Geography of Chinese Boxing", Vol. 7, No. 3, 1998.
  • Xi Yuntai's Chinese Martial Arts History, Vol. 8, No. 1, 1999.
  • "Chinese Boxing's Ironic Odyssey", Vol. 8, No. 3, 1999.
  • "Traditional Korean Martial Arts", Vol. 9, No. 1, 2000.
  • Cheng Dali's Chinese Martial Arts: History and Culture, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2000.
  • Douglas Wile's T'ai Chi's Ancestors: The Making of an Internal Martial Art, Vol.10, No. 1, 2001.
  • "What's in a Name? The Etymology of Chinese Boxing", Vol. 10, No. 4, 2001.
  • Barbara Davis' The Taijiquan Classics, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2004.
  • "New Light on the King Jinnaluo Legend and Shaolin Staff Fighting", Vol. 13, No. 4, 2004.
  • Order of Shaolin Ch'an's The Shaolin Grandmaster's Text: History, Philosophy, and Gung Fu of Shaolin Ch'an, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2005.
  • "Insights from the Home of Xingyiquan", Vol. 14, No. 3, 2005.
  • Meir Shahar's "Chen [sic] Zongyou, Explanation of the Original Shaolin Staff Method" in Mair, Steinhardt & Goldin, eds., Hawai'i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture, University of Hawai'I Press, 2005, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2006.
  • "China's New Wave of Martial Studies Scholars", Vol. 15, No. 2, 2006.
  • "Che Style Xingyiquan in Taiwan as Taught by Dr. Wu Chaoxiang", Vol. 15, No. 3, 2006.
  • "Chinese General Yue Fei: Martial Arts Facts, Tales and Mysteries", Vol. 15, No. 4, 2006.
  • Marnix Wells' Scholar Boxer: Chang Naizhou's Theory of Internal Martial Arts and the Evolution of Taijiquan, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2006.
  • "Ge Hong: Famous Daoist Thinker & Practical Martial Artist", Vol, 16, No. 3, 2007.
  • "The Maiden of Yue: Fount of Chinese Martial Arts Theory, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2007.
  • Meir Shahar's The Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2008.
  • Lu Shengli's Combat Techniques of Taiji, Xingyi, And Bagua: Principles and Practices of Internal Martial Arts, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2008.
  • "Visiting Tianshui City: A Look into Martial Culture on China's Northern Silk Route", Vol. 17, No. 4, 2008.
  • "Origins of the Internal-External School Concept", Vol. 20, No. 2, 2011. Co-authored with Marnix Wells.

Journal of Chinese Martial Studies

  • "Taijiquan: Symbol of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Culture", Summer 2009, Issue 1, 76-83.
  • "Rethinking Chinese Martial Arts: A Comparative Study with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Boxing", Winter 2011, Issue 4, 60-69. Co-authored with Zhao Shiqing.

Taijiquan Journal

  • "The Origin of the Name Taijiquan'", Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 2001.
  • "The Sounds of Practice: Taijiquan's Kiai", Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring 2001.
  • "What's the Military got to do With Taijiquan?", Vol. 3, No. 2, Spring 2002.
  • "Report From China", Vol. 5, No. 1, Winter 2004.

The Chenstyle Taijiquan Journal

Military Affairs

  • "The Chinese Martial Arts in Historical Perspective", December 1981.

Chinese Summaries of Selected Articles & Reviews:

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