Peter Yates, Editor & Chief, Combat Arts & Sports and Overall Contributing Writer

Peter YatesPeter Yates was born in 1951 and grew up in Darwen, Lancashire, UK.As a kid he was so puny even the 90lb weakling kicked sand in his face and pushed him around. In an effort to build up his strength and health he hiked the local moors to an abandoned quarry where he would lift, carry and throw rocks of various sizes. Hearing of this his father fashioned a barbell from an iron bar and scrap steel discs so he could train at home. At the age of twelve he came under the guidance of Maurice Ainsworth and the lads at Darwen weightlifting club, where he was introduced to the rudiments of weightlifting, hand-balancing, muscle control and self defense. At this time, he was also taking classes in boxing and wrestling and later was taught karate by Maurice.

Setting off in his late teens to see the world he has visited over twenty countries living in each from a few months to several years, and has always found great places in which to train along side wonderful people. Spending a total of fifteen years in the far east he was fortunate to study under several high-level masters in various martial arts, simultaneously learning East Asian healing and health promotion modalities.

In 1997, he was invited to teach at college of Oriental Medicine on Long Island, New York, USA, where he currently lives with his wife and son.  Peter runs a private clinic, trains in his well equipped home gym and teaches advanced martial techniques to a select group of students.

Besides HOPC, Peter has had articles published in Dinosaur Files strength journal, Health and Strength magazine, martial arts magazines and peer reviewed journals of Oriental Medicine.  He also coauthored a book on East Asian healing methods.

Peter believes that the pursuit of physical culture is a lifelong journey of self discovery and the harmonizing of one's body, mind and spirit.

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