Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) & Me
By Paul Corrigan, Founder TJD Kempo, 3rd Degree Black Belt WDK
Having began martial arts training in 1976 at the tender age of 11 years and weight training a couple of years later I have put my body under strain for around 30 years. My achievements throughout the years include winning county level powerlifting and Olympic lifting titles. Representing my county and area is shot putt and discus, culminating in representing the British Police team in shot at the European Championships in 2002. These achievements have ran hand in hand with my continued martial arts training all of which can only be classed as HARD martial arts.
During the years I have picked up numerous injuries including torn pecs (both right and left) injured neck, damaged knee ligaments and then the “DADDY” of them all two herniated discs in my back in late 2004
, which has left me with permanent nerve damage which effects my left leg and foot.
Having battled these injuries I have managed to be Founder of my own MA system, be awarded my 3rd Degree B/B in WDK and have also trained and graded in a number of martial arts systems including my original system of Shotokan Karate.
In 2001 I took a Tai Chi Diploma Course with the British School of Yoga, which taught the simplified 24 step form, unfortunately after passing the Tai Chi was abandoned.
Moving forward to 2005 I discovered TCA through Coach Ron Pfeiffer and was intrigued by the form, I then bought Paul Lams Tai Chi for Arthritis
DVD and have never looked back. The training has freed my neck movement and has also given me lower back movement and generally helped me be a bit more athletic again. This is a genuine case of Ying and Yang, the soft balancing the hard. I would recommend TCA training to any athlete whether they are a martial artist, track and field specialist or any other discipline.
TCA will be a part of my continued training and I’d like to thank Coach Ron for his input and general enthusiasm for Dragon Kenpo and Tai Chi