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Shaolin kempo weapon training, 2003 (1st of 3)

Shaolin kempo weapon training, 2003

At the age of 14 Ben Chesters held a black belt, the highest grading, in the martial art of shaolin kempo. He is seen here practising with a weapon at Long Bay on Auckland's North Shore in 2003. Ben studied shaolin kempo at a centre founded by veteran New Zealand martial arts instructor Bob Gemmell.

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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Martial arts - Martial arts in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 September 2021)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 27 Jan 2015