Peter Warr, Milton Keynes' foremost Chinese Martial Artist, was appointed Director of Taolu to the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA), the UK's governing body, in November 1999.
As Director of Taolu, Peter Warr is now responsible in the UK for running regional and national Wushu Championships that cover the 10 elements of Taolu (compulsory routines), ie: Changquan (Northern Shaolin), Nanquan (Southern Shaolin), Taijiquan (Tai Chi hand form), Taijijian (Tai Chi sword form), long weapons and short weapons.
On 16 July 2000, the BCCMA National Wushu Championships and preliminary squad selections were held at Shenley Leisure Centre, Milton Keynes. Athletes travelled from various parts of the country to participate. Numerous spectators were entertained by the speed and strength of the Changquan and Nanquan, by the beauty and flow of the Taijiquan, and by strength and accuracy of the weapons work.
Edward Gomersall, who trains at the Wu Kung Federation in Bletchley, performed well at this competition. New to the competition circuit, he was placed fourth in Taijiquan and Taijijian. Edward will be a name to watch over the next few years, having great potential, both in the UK and in Europe.
Preliminary squad selections were held in preparation for the European Wushu Federation Championships to be held in Rotterdam in October 2000. All athletes are now training very hard to ensure they will be selected to represent Great Britain.
The competition was a great success, both for the athletes, for the Taolu Directorate, and for the BCCMA. Peter hopes to make Milton Keynes the annual host for National Wushu Championships.