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Chinese Martial Arts Association, 1969

Chinese Martial Arts Association, 1969

Sifu (teacher) Bill Young sits at front centre in this 1969 photo of the Chinese Martial Arts Association (CMAA). Young was born in mainland China in the 1930s and practised 'eagle claw' kung fu to overcome the effects of polio. He later learned other martial-arts styles and opened a judo and kung fu club in Nelson. In 1968 he and other Chinese martial artists formed the CMAA in Wellington, with an initial membership almost entirely of Chinese students.

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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Martial arts - Martial arts to the 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 September 2021)

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