My name is Tommaso Gianni; I am an Italian man living in England with my girlfriend.
I have an Italian laurea in East Asian languages & literatures, majoring in Mandarin and a minor in Japanese awarded by the State University of Venice.
My enthusiasm and interest for martial arts studies brought me to London where I pursued its cultural aspects at the University of London-SOAS; here I was awarded a postgraduate, Master degree in Chinese Studies, majoring in cultural anthropology of China.
I have been training since my childhood a variety of martial arts. These experiences were mainly teenage passions until I tried WingTsun of the Leung Ting lineage 梁挺詠春拳.
Starting from my early twenties, my approach changed. I started to look at beyond the venue of physical practice; I had many questions and I found some answers. The more I study this subject and the more stories and hearsay transmitted orally and in printing through the years I could debunk or confirm.
I am currently involved into pedagogical and cultural research while teaching the European approach of martial arts in South Korea, at the College of Physical Education of the University of Suwon.
My first passion for languages shows up on here where I enjoy sharing a bit of it from primary and secondary sources, from German, Chinese and Japanese into Italian and English; however, this website is just my spare time and I don’t intend to publish the entire text of those works; it may be addressed for a peer reviewed hard copy publication.
Martial arts studies were only just growing by the end of the 1990s when they were still in their embryo stage; today, in the first decade of 21st century they are a surprising reality and a cross-disciplinary academic subject ranging from the predictable physical education studies to the wide approach of humanities first and foremost historical studies and involving more recently performance, anthropology, social and medical studies. Martial arts studies are wide today and their cultural sources are not anymore limited to the East Asian group clich. I am exploring comparative topic in my recent years of teaching, 2012-2014, when I was told to teach comparative martial arts and games. During this experience I realised the assumption of martial arts as coming only from East Asia has to be reviewed.
I have translated other academic articles I can’t upload on here due to cyber allowance; but I want to list them so the reader will know what I have worked on:
1. Yang Xiangquan 杨祥全, “Wushu gainian xinlun 武术概念新论” (New discussion about the concept of martial arts)
2. Zhu Yongguang 朱永光, Cai Baozhong 蔡宝忠, "Dui chuangtong wushu sange guanlianxing wenti de kexue sikao" 对传统武术三个关联性问题的科学思考朱永光, 蔡宝忠 (The scientific approach towards three issues of traditional martial arts.)
3. Kuang Wennan 旷文楠, Zhonghua wushu lishi yanjiu de huigu yu zhangwang
中华武术历史研究的回顾与展望 (Review and perspective in researching into the history of Chinese wushu)
4. Ma Mingda 马明达, 'Wushu' qianlun 武术浅论 (Talking about martial arts), in: Tiyu wenhua daokan 体育文化导刊 8 (2003), pp. 23-26.
5. Ma Mingda 马明达: “Luelun wushu guji yu wushu wenxuenxue de jianli 略论武术古籍与武术文献学的建立” Brief discussion about the old martial art sources and the foundation of its specific bibliography. In Tiyu wenshi 体育文史 1999年 06期 (Physical education history and literature).
6. Yu Jungang 于均刚 and Li Jianmin 黎健民, The relation between eastern martial studies & western physical education
List of publications
Paper presented at Conference of Martial Arts Studies, Cardiff June 2015
Preliminary research: “The pedagogies of the Leung Ting WingTsunKuen; a comparative approach”
Riccio, Antonio. Global tai chi- tai chi chuan e qi-gong. Roma: Europa Edizioni, pp. 12-16, 2015
Paper presented for the Jitakyoei自 他 共 荣 武 道school of martial arts
1. March 2008: Paper requested within the European University of Martial Arts project. “The Cultural Confucian and Daoist Elements in the Chinese Martial Arts”. (http://www.jitakyoeibudo.it/news.html)
2. September 2009: Same project – “The British Construction of Chinese Martial Arts in the Writings of John Dudgeon, Herbert Giles and Joseph Needham.”
Published article for 1st Conference of I.M.A.C.S.S.S. (International Martial Arts Combat Sport Science Society) in Genova June 15 2012.
• Rewritten paper “Tang Hao: An important figure in Wushu”.
Published articles on Samurai magazine in Italian language:
• August 1993. Article titled “La Festa del Budo”, published on Samurai magazine, N 8, nuova serie, anno 4º, August (1993), p. 90.
• December 2008. Article titled “Tang Hao: An important figure in Wushu”, published on Samurai magazine, December (2008). P. 97.
• May 2009. Article-translation: “Zhang Zhijiang Preface” in the Tang Hao book; online publication (http://www.samuraiservice.it/articoli/c1025369d5ce/traduzione_della_prefazione_di_Zhang_Zhijiang.html
Published letter on BBC History-Italia magazine:
• October 2011, #7, articlereview, pp. 6-7 to “L’affascinante storia del kungfu” di Elisabetta Di Minico.
Published chapter in book:
Tommaso E. Gianni: “Tang Hao e la sua ricerca sulle origini della tradizione”, in Raimondo, Sergio. Gioco, Dramma, Rito nelle arti marziali e negli sport da combattimento, pp. 63-73. Roma: Exorma, 2013.
Translation from German into Italian of Kernspecht, Keith Kampflogik3, Inneres WingTsun!
If you have something to share with me or to comment, feel free to contact me at my email address or via skype.
(Updated on 30 September 2015)TGianni
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