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Milton Keynes's Chinese Martial Artist Around The World - June/July 2000

Peter Warr, Milton Keynes' foremost Chinese Martial Artist, has just returned from a month of flying to the Far East and then to the USA for meetings and competitions.

After having spent a week in Singapore training with his teacher, Grand Master Chen Yuhe, in February, Peter took the opportunity to visit his "father" again in June, before attending a meeting in Malaysia. Grand Master Chen Yuhe is 86 years old and still practises Taiji Forms three times a day. Peter says that if he ever reaches 86, he would like to have a third of Grand Master Chen Yuhe's energy.

Whilst in Singapore, Peter was invited as Guest of Honour to the Singapore National Wushu Championships, a competition that is held over three days.

Peter then flew to Kuala Lumpur to attend a high profile meeting for the International Wushu Federation (IWUF), of which Peter is the Technical Committee's Vice-Chairman. Attending the meeting were the top Professors from China and the Far East, the Youth and Sport Minister of Malaysia and officials from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IWUF meeting was held to discuss a proposal for Chinese Martial Arts to enter the Olympics as a competitive sport, should China's bid to host the 2008 Olympics be successful. Peter suggested that the judging criteria be improved and, as a result, was elected by this prestigious Committee to rewrite the International Judges Degree system.

On 27 June 2000, Peter flew to the USA to act as Vice-Chief Referee at the North American Taijiquan Championships, held in the Shenandough Valley in Virginia. The "A Taste of China" Championships are an annual event in the USA and attract large crowds, as well as many Masters of Chinese Martial Arts.

Peter then moved on to Philadelphia to teach master classes in Chinese Wushu. He stayed with his students, Betsy Chapman and Sara Gelhorn. Both studied with Peter at the Wu Kung Federation in Bletchley whilst working in the UK. Betsy is well respected in the USA as a very competent judge and Sara as an extremely successful competitor.

Sara's competition performances are enhanced year by year. In 1997-1998, Sara was Grand Champion in Taiji Push Hands. This year, Sara became Grand Champion 2000 of North America, entering 7 categories and winning 7 medals: 5 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal.