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Bob Davies
Bob Davies
Founder & Director
Christchurch, New Zealand
Mobile: 021 175 1282
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Shaz Davis
Shaz Davis
T'ai Chi Teacher & Webmaster
Christchurch, New Zealand
Mobile: 021 077 6553
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Bob Davies

Shaz Davis

Tahmid Quazi

Warren Gregory


Bob Davies

Bob Davies is the founder and director of the
Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development. He began training in various styles of traditional and sport Karate in 1967, was awarded his South African Springbok colours in 1984, and achieved the ranking level of 5th Dan by 1985. During this period he also studied Aikido, Jujutsu and Kobudo (traditional Okinawan weapons).

In 1985 Bob decided that the worldwide trend of commercialisation and modification of training for sport and competition was not conducive to effective self-defence application, health and personal growth, and withdrew his support for the modern sport-variants of the arts.

Since then he has immersed himself in the Chinese civilian defensive art systems, with particular emphasis on Wing Chun Kung Fu, Tang Shou Dao, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Chin Na, and Hsing I Ch'uan. At the same time, Bob also studied the Philippine fighting systems of Escrima, Kali and Arnis de Mano.

From 1995 onwards, Bob has undergone advanced training in the classical Japanese martial weapons' arts of jo, sword, spear, long staff, and naginata as well as the original Chinese/Okinawan civilian unarmed combative defence arts of TodeJutsu and Koryu Uchinadi.

In support of his work on the roots and structures of traditional systems, Bob is a long-standing member of a number of dedicated research groups including the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society, and the International Hoplology Society.

Bob opened his first teaching and training centre in Durban, South Africa, in January 1975 followed by a full-time dojo in 1977, and developed a provincial organisation of eleven branches over the next decade. In 1985, he launched a full-time, professional, International Martial Arts College with a branch in Perth, Western Australia.

The acquisition of practical, pertinent knowledge has been Bob's constant endeavour, with his studies taking him to Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Western and Eastern Europe and the USA. Balancing this expertise has included an in-depth examination of some of the 'healing' aspects of martial and civilian combat arts training provided by a number of schools of meditation, Shiatsu, Chinese Chi-Kung, as well as clinical anatomy and physiology including a year of full-time cadaver dissection.

In 1996 this organisation was expanded in the form of the Wu-Shin LifeCentre, a full-time conflict-management research, instructional and residential facility being established on a 5500sq.m site in Durban. It was the only full-time, martial and civilian-defensive arts Research, Development and Educational organisation of its kind in South Africa, and one of the very few in the world.

To date Bob has personally trained more than 6000 students and developed more than sixty-five black belts (in four different disciplines) of whom twelve have reached the internationally rated rank of 3rd Dan, four the rank of 4th Dan, and one the rank of 5th Dan.

His practical expertise had resulted in Bob holding the position of specialist instructor for the Durban City Police Department from 1986 for a period of 13 years; responsible for training force members in all aspects of the use of batons, self-defence techniques, arrest restraints, close-quarter combat, compliance, restraint and come-along techniques. Between 1987 and 1989 instruction also involved special Riot and Crowd control training as well as the use of the standard issue PR24 baton. In 1995, Bob also ran an advanced training course for a selected group of senior instructors of the South African Police Services and members of their Special Task Force, incorporating a number of practical scenarios.

Realising the importance of maintaining a functional balance between his physical conflict management skills and the needs of local and international business communities encouraged Bob to pursue his studies in various management programmes over the years, acquiring his first business degree in 1974; Bob has since completed his M+5 in Business Practice. His interest in continuing education ensures his ongoing participation at University level and he is currently reading for an Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

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Shaz Davis


Shaz-close-upShaz Davis is a freelance writer, T'ai Chi and Qi Gong teacher, and massage therapist based in Christchurch, New Zealand. She began an intensive study into the arts of T'ai Chi and Qi Gong under the guidance of Bob Davies in 1998 and has augmented her studies with training and research trips to Holland, UK, Italy, France and Switzerland. She continues to further her research through internet workgroups and regular trips to train with prominent instructors in Europe and the UK.

To further her understanding of the defensive aspects of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Shaz has undertaken several years of study in the various arts offered by the Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development, and holds Shodan in the classical Japanese martial art system of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu .

Shaz has been teaching T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qi Gong on a full-time basis since 2002, has had several articles on T'ai Chi published in prominent international T'ai Chi magazines and holds a Red Sash in Yang Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan.

Shaz now heads the T'ai Chi Institute of Health - the health and internal arts division of the Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self Development and has conducted a number of multi-day T'ai Chi and Qi Gong retreats as well as provided health and relaxation sessions for various businesses, on their premises. Shaz's first book in a series of e-books on Yang-style T'ai Chi is available in the Kindle bookstore - Yang-style T'ai Chi: A basic guide.

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Tahmid Quazi

Tahmid instructorA professional educator, Tahmid Quazi holds a doctorate in Electronic Engineering and is a Senior Lecturer in Electronic/Computer Engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

He began studying Wu-Shin Todejutsu under Bob Davies in May 2002, and naturally fitted into the role of a licensed Trainee Instructor in 2007. Since joining the Foundation, Tahmid has completed eight annual Gasshuku (intensive 5-6 day training camps) as an expression of his enthusiasm for this unique traditional civilian defence art.

Tahmid, now a 2013 licensed Instructor (Grade 1), heads our Wu-Shin Kokoro dojo branch in Durban, South Africa.

He was recently awarded the Sandan (3rd Degree) rank of Sandan Initiate (the first of four levels) after specialised senior training with Bob Davies, in Christchurch, New Zealand, early in 2013.

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Warren Gregory

warren instructorWarren Gregory joined our Wu-Shin Todejutsu classes as a keen high school scholar in December 2001 and has trained consistently under Bob Davies' tutorage since then, including completing five annual Gasshuku (intensive 5-6 day training camps).

A Trainee Instructor in Wu-Shin Todejutsu since January 2009, Warren was awarded his Assistant Instructor licence following the advanced training he underwent in New Zealand in January 2013. Concurrently, he was also awarded the rank of Nidan (2nd Degree) and assists with instruction at our Wu-Shin Kokoro dojo branch in Durban, South Africa.

In addition to his technical competence, Warren's determination to succeed in all aspects of life is illustrated by his current part-time studies toward a Master's degree in Economics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, while holding down a job in the maritime industry. Warren works in the Marketing Department for the Mediterranean Shipping Company at their head office in Durban.

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