Sifu Pete Hornby

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Local man Pete Hornby started at the Stafford Lau Gar club as one of the first students to enrole, taking over as chief instructor in 1983 and becoming one of the Guardians of Lau Gar in 2000. Read about Pete and how it all started.

You may know that Kung Fu is the oldest and most effective martial art system in the world. You may even know that it existed in China as long ago as 2700BC, but did you know that it exists in Stafford, and has done since 1975? Local man Pete Hornby started at the Stafford Lau Gar club as one of the first students to enrole, taking over as its chief instructor in 1983, and becoming one of the Guardians of Lau Gar in 2000.

Asked about his philosophy to Martial Arts Training, Pete says “I believe that each student is an individual, and as such starts at their own level of ability. With instructors committed to helping them reach their full potential, anyone can achieve their own personal goals. I believe in leading by example, so I and my team of instructors continually strive for perfection in our own training and in our coaching, and we are rewarded by the high standard of the students within the Club. But a Martial Art should provide more than just training, it should provide a family atmosphere where people can mix and at the Stafford Club, I think we’ve got it right.”

Pete has good reason to be proud of the Stafford Club, as it has produced not only British Champions, some as young as 11, but also European and World Champions.

So far, the Stafford Role of Honour includes, Pete Hornby himself (5th Degree Black Sash, Former British Champion), Randall Salmon (Third Degree Black Sash, Former British and World Championship Silver Medalist), Johnny Anderson (Former European Champion and World Championship Silver Medalist), Ian Emmens (Third Degree Black Sash and British Champion) and Ian Hopgood (who at 11 became the youngest Black Sash in the country).

Although successful on the sport side, Pete is keen to point out that the clubs roots lie in the traditional arts of Kung Fu.

“Our style, Lau Gar, is a southern Shaolin style of Kung Fu. Master Yau, the head of our style, introduced it to Britain in 1971, and it now has a membership of over 5000 students.”

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