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‘MCMAC’ Founder Begins a New Chapter

Wednesday, 09 February 2011 00:00
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published in ‘BLITZ’ magazine, Vol 25/Issue 02, Feb 2011

On December 14, members past and present came to the ‘Melbourne Chinese Martial Arts Club’ for Sifu David Peterson’s last class as Principal Instructor. Sifu Peterson was the first person to teach the ‘Wong Shun Leung Method’ of Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) to the general public and has become a renowned teacher and communicator of the style, both nationally and worldwide. In 2011, Sifu Peterson will make a permanent move to Malaysia where he will be making a new life and also be conducting classes in ‘WSLVT’ in both Kuala Lumpur and in his new home town, Seremban.

MCMAC Founder Begins a New ChapterThe class was packed to overflowing with over 50 current students participating and a number of long time supporters of the Club attending the celebrations that followed (Sifu Enzo Veratti, Sifu Terry Hayden, Sifu Tang Laiwei and members of the Tan family of ‘Tan’s Martial Arts Supplies’, just to name a few). The fast-paced class ensured that everyone worked up a good sweat and there were smiles all round when the session ended.

At the conclusion of training, Sifu Peterson presented the final grading certificates to a number of students who had recently been graded, and presented Mr Peter Tan with a certificate of appreciation, acknowledging the years of friendship and support offered by the Tan family. Sifu Peterson was then presented with a number of gifts from his students and a plaque recognising his outstanding contribution to Chinese Martial Arts in Melbourne over a period in excess of 30 years.

The occasion also marked the hand-over of the ‘MCMAC’ to the very capable hands of Sifu Peterson’s protégé, Sifu Darren Elvey. Darren has been studying martial arts for over 25 years and studying ‘WSLVT’ under Sifu Peterson for over 20 years. With his depth of knowledge and contagious energy, Darren was the natural choice to carry the torch for ‘WSLVT’ in Melbourne.

 

 

Sifu Peterson will be dearly missed by his many students and friends in Melbourne. However, while his departure marks the end of an era in the Melbourne Chinese Martial Arts community, it also means new beginnings for the ‘Melbourne Chinese Martial Arts Club’ and a broadening of the community and connections with our Malaysian counterparts. We all join together to wish Sifu Peterson well for his future endeavours.

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