Click here to visit the Morningside Health Workshop web site

Newsletter - July 2001

Peter Warr has been pleased to book Professor Li De Yin to run seminars over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

This year, Professor Li's programme involves teaching the Chinese National 24 Form Taijiquan (Saturday) and the 32 Combined Taiji Sword Form (Sunday).

Following the success of last year's courses, participating numbers are expected to be high, despite being held over the Bank Holiday weekend - after all, students have an extra day in which to relax following their exertions!

2001 COSTS
Wu Kung Members
Non-Members

1 seminar (Sat or Sun)
35.00
45.00

2 seminars (Sat and Sun)
55.00
65.00

If you are interested in attending Professor Li's weekend seminar in 2002, please contact Peter and Lavinia Warr with your details.

Tel: 01908 366957
Fax: 01908 646694
Email warrpeterwarr@cs.com


Well, it is some time since we last published a newsletter, which is not to say that it has been quiet on the Wu Kung Federation front!

The main news concerns Peter Warr, who is our Senior Technical Director. Following the BCCMA elections on 10 June 2001, Peter has now ceased working as Director of Taolu. Peter has been elected to the role of BCCMA Vice-Chairman, and has great plans for taking a more proactive role in the BCCMA, promoting and furthering the causes of Chinese Martial Arts in the UK and abroad.

Well done Peter!

During Peter's stint as Director of Taolu, he successfully held two Taolu competitions in Milton Keynes, the first in July 2000.

This year's competition was held on Sunday 27 May 2001 at Bletchley Leisure Centre and was a resounding success. There were 42 athletes from 11 Associations competing in 72 individual events. Athletes were competing to become National Champions in their disciplines and for the chance to be selected to represent Great Britain at the World Wushu Championships in Armenia in October 2001.

The competition opened with a Lion Dance by the Rising Crane Kung Fu Association of Bedford. The afternoon session opened with a series of demonstrations by Chinese Master Chen Lei. A retired member of the Chinese National Squad, Master Chen Lei wowed audiences with his demonstrations of Wushu, including Taijiquan and Drunken Style Boxing.

The Milton Keynes Citizen provided local press coverage and the competition was supported by the new Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Pat Seymour.

Two athletes from the Wu Kung Federation entered the competition and did extremely well:-

Caroline Quilter
Ladies' Taijiquan
2nd place
Silver medal

Edward Gomersall
Men's Taijiquan
2nd place
Silver medal

Edward Gomersall
Men's Taijijian
3rd place
Bronze medal


Earlier this year, Wu Kung Federation athletes also entered the annual British Open Tai Chi Championships and Festival of Chinese Martial Arts, otherwise known as the Oxford Competition. Again, the athletes excelled themselves; results being as follows:-

Caroline Quilter
Ladies' Taijiquan
1st place
Gold medal

Caroline Quilter
Ladies' Taijijian
1st place
Gold medal

Edward Gomersall
Men's Taijijian
1st place
Gold medal

Thomas Coleman
Men's Push Hands
1st place
Gold medal

Thomas Coleman
Men's Xingyiquan
1st place
Gold medal

Richard Gee
Men's Push Hands
3rd place
Bronze medal

Furthermore, the Wu Kung presence was felt at a smaller competition in Goole, Yorkshire in June. The organisers were so impressed by the performances of Thomas Coleman and Wesley Gaughan that they asked for a further demonstration of their skills!

Thomas Coleman
Men's Push Hands
1st place
Gold medal

Thomas Coleman
Men's Xingyiquan
1st place
Gold medal

Wesley Gaughan
Men's External Weapon
1st place
Gold medal

Wesley Gaughan
Men's Open Hand
2nd place
Silver medal

All due credit must go to any athlete that enters a competition, as it takes a lot of nerve to stand up in front of people. An athlete that wins a medal deserves further congratulations for the hard work and effort put into training to attain such a level of achievement. However, due credit must also go to Peter, who has trained each individual and helped them to achieve their goals.

Our congratulations go to

Caroline, Edward, Thomas, Richard and Wesley!


--------------------------------------------

On a broader front, Peter has again this year been busy with commitments both in Europe and Internationally. As Secretary of the EWF Technical Committee and as Vice-Chairman of the IWUF Technical Committee, Peter has been given a new remit - to write a new Judges Degree system.

On 11 June, having had only one week's notice to book a flight, Peter flew out to Macau (Far East) to attend an International Judges Course. The purpose of this visit was to act as a shadow at the Course, to pick up hints and tips which would help in the writing of the new Judges Degree system.

Peter returned to the UK on 22 June and one week later flew off on his annual sabbatical to the USA.

Whilst in the USA he caught up with the American arm of the Wu Kung Federation, represented by Betsy Chapman and Sara Gelhorn. With both Betsy and Sara he travelled to Virginia for the North America Championships. There he held two seminars that were very well attended and also officiated at the "A Taste of China Tournament " as Vice Chief Referee.

Following on from this, Peter has a couple of months in the UK, holding seminars at the Wu Kung Federation and hosting two day seminars by Professor Li De Yin, before flying out to Armenia at the end of September.

Armenia has been chosen by the IWUF as the host country for the World Wushu Championships, which takes place over 8 days. Armenia is reported to be a beautiful country, but because of recent unrest, the numbers that will represent Great Britain have yet to be determined. We are sure that Peter will enjoy his trip to Armenia and will come back with great tales to tell!

--------------------------------------------


Finally, you will notice from the front page of this newsletter that Peter has booked Professor Li De Yin to teach on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August.

On Saturday 25 August, Professor Li will take students through the Chinese National 24 Form Taijiquan, which was developed by his uncle, Li Tian Je. A popular Form in China, the repetition in movements makes it easily accessible to all to learn.

On Sunday 26 August Professor Li will concentrate on the 32 Combined Taiji Sword Form. The practise of sword routines is great fun, especially when you think you have co-ordination to a tee in your Taijiquan routines! Again, this seminar is open to all students.

Shenley Leisure Centre has again been booked for the day. We hope that you will join us there.

 

 

^Top

©2004 WU KUNG FEDERATION