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Mr. Matthew William Plewes

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Board Member

Phone: (561) ***-****  HQ Phone
International Independent Martial Artists Association
3487 South Federal Hwy #G
Boynton Beach, Florida 33435
United States

Company Description: As stated above, the IIMAA is dedicated to the advancement of the martial arts without the politics. To provide quality education, training and resources to all...   more
Background

Employment History

  • International Director
    Chuntian Academy International
  • Director and President
    Chuntian Academy International
  • Director and Founder
    Chuntian Academy International
  • Director and President
    Chuntian Academy Martial Arts Federation
  • Director and President
    C.A.I. Schools

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Chuntian Academy Martial Arts Federation
  • Resumé and CV C.A.I. Founder
    Chuntian Academy Martial Arts Federation
  • Board Member
    C.A.I. Schools
  • Resumé and CV C.A.I. Founder
    C.A.I. Schools
  • Founder
    Chuntian Academy

Education

  • Master C.A.I. International Director
38 Total References
Web References
Martial Arts Representatives
www.iimaa.net, 27 Jan 2014 [cached]
Matt Plewes Japan C.A.I. International HeadquartersC.A.M.A.F.14-7 Nibancho Aoiku, Shizuoka, Japan 420-0076 Tel. In Japan 090-6087-2729 / Outside Japan +81-906-087-2729
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chuntianacademy.com, 19 April 2011 [cached]
International President: Matt Plewes. Japan, U.S.A.
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International Director: Matt Plewes London London
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Resumé /CV C.A.I. Founder Matt Plewes. 35 year martial arts researcher and teacher. Missionary and language teacher. He resides in Japan.???, ???8?.
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chuntianacademy.com, 19 April 2011 [cached]
Matt Plewes- International Director
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Matt Plewes, Founder of Chuntian Scademy International
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Matt Plewes, Founder of Chuntian Academy
Matt Plewes is originally from Hampton Roads, Virginia. He lived the first 37 years of his life in Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia. He lived in Japan Part-time from 1998 -2001 / From 2001 to present he lives in Japan Full Time, with a few weeks in Indonesia and Travel-study.
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Matt Plewes is originally from (Suffolk, Norfolk, Virginia Beach- Hampton Roads) area of Virginia, home of one of the worlds largest military establishments.
Director Matt Plewes has 39 years of self defense studies, 34 years of formal martial arts training and experience, 26 years in Kung fu, 22 years at Instructor / Teacher status and higher.
Matthew W. Plewes
President and founder of Chuntian Academy International.
Missionary, Interfaith Celebrant, Counselor, Proud Parent, Asian Travel & Martial Arts Researcher
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Mr. Plewes' skills have been featured on- SBS-TV Japan ( above ).
Master Plewes is from Hampton Roads, Virginia U.S.A. He has resided in Japan the last 10 years.
Full Name: Matthew William Plewes , Age: 47
Matt first saw a karate demonstration at a Church event as a child. He was fascinated by the escape techniques, because at the same time he was very heavy into magic and a big fan of Harry Houdini. So, these escapes from an adults grasp were a huge interest.
It was at this time, with a step-by-step self defense book in hand and at the age of 8, he and his neighborhood friends started practicing self-defense escapes nearly daily. Matt actually typed, took pictures and hand made his own Self-defense book at 10 years old. During this time period and coincidentally, his uncle visited from out of town and gave him a karate uniform and did a basic demonstration. ( His uncle studied Tae Kwon Do from Jhoon Rhee in Washington). This made his interest and desire to formally study grow.
When in 1976, and at the age of 13, the first Martial Arts school finally came to town ( karate). He was one of the first students to join, and began his formal training. And the rest is history. Nearly 40 years after seeing that demonstration at his church, he has never lost steam and is still going strong.
Master Plewes, also being a Bruce Lee fan and a "Kung fu" TV show fan at 13 years old, was in the first group of the very first commercial karate classes in Suffolk, Virginia. ( 1976 ) At first a fan- enthusiast, then a student, then a very serious student and teacher, and now a master living in Asia, searching for the ultimate in martial arts and street defenses and personal cultivation.
Matt has studied with and taught police, security and military.
Matt is now the director and founder of Chuntian Academy International.
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Matt started his training first in 1976, studying several years Shorinji Seikukan Karate under Master Terumasa Ogawa.
In 1984 he was introduced to the basic aspects and logic of Kung fu by Sifu Samuel Cheeks, spending several years and achieving Instructor Status. Matt saw for the first time real kung fu. His understanding of kung fu before was the showmanship sport of Wushu, that even traditional mainland kung fu styles in and from China adopted to keep it legal and acceptable by the Chinese government and to also be allowed to teach to foreigners.
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Matt says Mr. Cheeks "opened his eyes" to the false securities and weaknesses of traditional, sport and "fad" styles.
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Matt also learned to his amazement, that you can have effectiveness and grace under fire, and don't have to be fearless and powerful and scream like a mad man. Have you ever seen Olympic Gold Medalist Scream. No, they're focused, confident and graceful as well as nervous and understand this is a good thing, the "adrenal burger" that prepares them. This also applies to real kung fu.
With new found logic, Matt continued studies in various "Street wise kung fu", in particular a Shaolin 5 - Animal (Wu Xing Quan) and Wing Chun "Hong Kong family style".
In 1985 Matt started a small club of his own named Chuntian Academy Martial Arts Club, He and his teacher still had joint classes together named Cheeks-Plewes Martial Arts. 1998 Matt founded and was Chief Instructor of the Chuntian Academy of Martial Arts and Oriental Studies downtown school in Suffolk, Virginia. Matt's teacher went back into retirement from teaching.
The New Chuntian Academy was a fully equipped school where the organized programs were further developed. The school had a store, traditional Chinese medicine access, gift shop, Asian foods, self defense products, training and martial art videos and books, a weight training area, a large training area, a spectator viewing area, even a sushi bar for private events and more.
Many of Matt Plewes's first commercial students were police officers, correction officers, security, active military, military veterans, frustrated blackbelts in other styles and so on. With this mixture of professionals and the functional concepts of kung fu and chin na, this was the foundation of what Chuntian Academy is today.
In 2001 in a quest to further his martial arts expertise and to satisfy his interest in Asia, Matt moved to Shizuoka, Japan.
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Since 1998 to present Matt is always researching martial arts of Asia or searching for various professionals, including martial art instructors of various street-wise styles, people who grew up and survived in dangerous ghettos of the big cities in America as well as around the world.
Matt has studied and trained with weathered and experienced police, security, military and prison professionals, etc. He has traveled to fundamentalist, third-world, and high risk advisory countries, living with local families, experiencing and studying the unfamiliar and very different cultures and safety concerns.
Matt also was certified as a Private Investigator and Emergency Medical Technician. He gained a lot of defense experience in Virginia, U.S.A. during the very violent 1980's, from knifes to even being on the wrong end of a gun.
Matt also has experience in event security and bodyguard work. Over the years he has combined the Hong Kong style's choice tactics and techniques applicable and useful in today's world with a learned variety of functional, practical, techniques from various styles and methods of defenses, attacks and controls suited for "today's" world, organized and broken down into a variety of progressive programs and seminars.
Matt still searches and travels in south east Asia in a quest to find the best martial arts and continues his life journey in martial arts to perhaps bring back his extensive research and acquired skills to America one day.
Now Director Plewes primarily teaches, but says he is always a student first. He has found some interesting styles in his life and studies in Asia.
Additionally, Director Plewes is involved in community clubs, seminars and education. He also has studied various cultures, languages and religions. Matt is a Inter-Faith, legally ordained minister, promoting world cultures and the common thread of most religions: Peace, Family and Love.
Matt has volunteered thousands of hours in his life to help local communities, from charities, free self-defense, volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician on an ambulance-rescue squad, as well started the only (In Japan) interfaith community club, that stresses inter-cultural cohesion and understanding, combined with sharing of cross cultural customs, religions, languages, martial arts, even cooking as well as travel support and home-stays in our various members countries.
Below are some old pictures of a younger Matt in the formative years of Chuntian Academy, and the first commercial school in Suffolk, Virginia. Also Matt training with his teacher in 1988. And Matt' teacher Master Cheeks with his teacher Master Banks 40 years ago.
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It's Matt as a student, an instructor in the first Chuntian Academy Commercial School and in Japan on TV and showing very basic escapes and reaction drills to new students. We are searching old 8mm film home movies for the 1976-81 Karate period.
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Below are some old pictures of a younger Matt in the formative years of Chuntian Academy, and the first commercial school in Suffolk, Virginia. Also Matt training with his teacher in 1988.
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Matt Plewes 1985 Age 23: First Year Kung, Still wearing Prized Karate-gi Matt Plewes 1986 Age 23: Second Year Wu Xing Student- First Assistant, sometimes wore his prized Karate-gi / " Uniforms and Belts aren't important, street ability is. " Master Cheeks ( Yes the kick is staged for the pic
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chuntianacademy.com, 19 April 2011 [cached]
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Resumé /CV C.A.I. Founder Matt Plewes. 35 year martial arts researcher and teacher. Missionary and language teacher. He resides in Japan.???, ???8?.
About me - Chuntian AcademySingapore
chuntian.stinge.com, 4 Aug 2014 [cached]
Chuntian Academy was founded in 1985 by Matthew Plewes.
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Matthew Plewes received his 1st Rank in 1988, 2nd in 1989, 3rd in 1990, 4th in 1991, 5th in 1992, 6th in 1998, 7th in 2002, 8th in 2008 ( Hon.).
Chuntian Academy became commercial in 1996 in Suffolk, Virginia U.S.A. The school was well equipted and it's students were primarily professionals and former and active military and /or Law enforcement
Chuntian Academy became international, when Matthew Plewes moved to Shizuoka, Japan in 2001. He still lives and teaches in Japan.
Sheik Azmir Ally of Singapore has been with Chuntian Acacademy International for 8 years. He is currently a 3rd Rank Instructor. He also is ex-military, having trained and served in the Singapore military.
In 2010 after nearly 20 years in Japan, Sheik Ally returned to Singapore to open Chuntian Academy - Singapore. He will still make visits to Japan and Master Plewes to Singapore to continue Sheiks training and advancement.
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