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Peter Warr - A Lifetime's Involvement in Chinese Martial Arts

Peter Warr has been training in and teaching Chinese Martial Arts for nearly 40 years. Peter's Chinese father-in-law, with whom he studied the family systems of Kung Fu and Taijiquan for 16 years, introduced Peter to the arts. In 1980 Peter formed his own Federation, the Wu Kung Federation.

Peter joined the Governing Body, the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA), in the early-1980's. Peter was elected to the role of Treasurer of the BCCMA in 1986, to Vice-Chairman in 1995 and to Director of Taolu in 1999. Peter has recently been re-elected to the role of BCCMA Vice-Chairman.

In 1985 Peter met Master Jifu Huang. Peter's role in Chinese Martial Arts was enhanced after training with Master Huang. In 1987 Master Huang introduced Peter to his Master, Grand Master Chen Yuhe, from the famous Nanjing Academy in China. Grand Master Chen Yuhe accepted Peter as his disciple (his adopted son).

In 1988 Grand Master Chen Yuhe asked Peter to study in China with his older brothers. Whilst in China,...

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Factual History of Chee Soo (English name, Clifford Gibbs) and Li Style Taijiquan

My Father, Chee Soo, was born in 1919 to a Chinese Father and English Mother. At around the age of 7, due to the death of his parents, he was sent to an orphanage where he spent the next 8 years. His siblings faired better; they were looked after by an elderly spinster and Chee spent many happy weekends with them. The orphanage decided that Chee would stand a better chance with work if he was to change his name, so on their advice he took the maiden name of his mother which was Gibbs and his Grandfather's name of Clifford and he was known for over 30 years as Clifford Gibbs.

At the age of 14, while kicking a ball in Hyde Park, Chee accidentally bumped into a Chinese gentleman by the name of Chan Kam Lee (from Shandong Province, a province famous for its martial arts). This man took pity on this young orphan boy and befriended him. In time he taught Chee the Feng Shou (Hand of the Wind) system of Kung Fu, Li Style Taijiquan and Shuai Chiao (Chinese Wrestling), which gave Chee a great sense of...

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