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Tai-chi: not good for fighting, but great for golf, apparently
Golfers are helped by tai-chi teacher
Glenn Garrett, East Grinstead Courier, 8th December 2005
A Forest Row tai-chi teacher has expanded his expertise to the world of golf.
Dan Chisholm, of Ashdown Road, has brought his skills and experiences, gathered in the past 10 years, to the sporting world.
Every Wednesday for the past four months Dan has been visiting the Sussex College of Golf at Sweetwoods Park Golf Club, near Edenbridge and giving lessons to aspiring teenage golfers.
Dan was approached by course director Peter Strand after he had read that Tiger Woods had been using the techniques to relax him when playing golf since the age of four.
The 29-year-old said: "Tai-chi enables golfers to incorporate relaxation movements within their swing. Postures are very similar to a golf stance and allow golfers to drive the ball further. It improves the rhythm of their swing."
Apart from the Wednesday lesson Dan has also organised series of exercises for the golfers to do the rest of the week. "Half the class have been really enthusiastic but they need to feel it rather than do it," Dan said.
Dan began tai chi while studying civil and structural engineering at Manchester University. He believes many people misinterpret the art.
"It's more of a thinking man's martial art. You do not go to classes to learn to fight. It is about developing a firm foundation of health - it's not something used as an effective form of self-defence."
Dan feels the most important gain from practicing Chen Style Tai Chi is the ability to relax. He said tai-chi can be applied to so many things, not only golf but also every day work and other sports including swimming.
"From relaxation to health, fitness to healing, martial application to spiritual training, all aspects are founded on the same basic principles that permeate every aspect of this art."
Dan has many other exciting projects coming up in the next few months.
These include writing a book on the benefits of tai-chi for sports professionals and also shooting a dvd next May.