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.
Total Comments 19
12/12/2005 10:59am, #2
It's a shame you won't be coming to the Oxford Throwdown, you would have the chance to see non-shitty Tai Chi (at least from Liokault)
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12/12/2005 11:50am, #3
Yep, thats one of various reasons its a shame the Oxford throwdown falls on the same date as my anniversary with gf (though I hasten to add, the thread title is a paraphrase of the guy in the article, not my personal opinion of tai chi; I haven't seen enough to judge). Hopefully the UK tai chi people will be able to make the one I'm trying to set up later next year.
12/12/2005 2:15pm, #4Originally Posted by Cullion
12/12/2005 3:32pm, #5
One day, some numb-nuts will develop a Muay Thai-therapy version of Muay Thai. Probably involving doing the Ram Muay over and over again. Wearing 17th century Thai costume. And advertise it as having complimentary benefits for breast-feeding mothers.
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12/12/2005 8:58pm, #6
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Cullion, I know there is some combative tai chi (you have shown us clips). But are the slow forms that we usually see a part of your regiment?
Also, these exercises are very relaxing to some, it helps them breath better and such. It could help you cope better with stress, thus making you better at golf.
12/12/2005 10:44pm, #7
hey there...got a question for our resident chinese stylists.
i went to the gym yesterday for hkd class. showed up a lil early to check out the tai chi class.
when i stepped into the trainin room there was this 300 somethin pound air force dude with a black krotty gi an a brown belt teachin the class.
now......since when does tai chi have u wearin krotty gi an usin the belt rankin system?
wasnt able to interview ole boy cause he was in the middle of teachin.
couple of things i observed:
forms seemed to be the main focus
no sparring (weird curriculum bein that u in the military, good ole air force lol)
dudes wearin daniel-san headbands
no self defense applications, not even in the "advanced" class
12/12/2005 11:44pm, #8
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I'm sure that the Chinese General who developed
Tai chi thought it would improve his golf game.
Or maybe they played Croquet back in acient china?
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12/12/2005 11:58pm, #9
Originally Posted by Shinobi_Osiris
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The way i see it, the main focus of almost every TCMA class is on forms.
No sparring is Crap. Even Tai chi should have sparring. Not just "Push-hands" Sparring. Oh yes, you can spar with Tai chi. The only Difference is you move faster than you did in the forms.
7/10 times you really don't wanna see a Self defense application from a TCMA practioner. Espically if its something the "master" pulled out of some form he doesn't comprehend.
12/13/2005 3:36am, #10
kool............wish i could see that type your talkin bout, sounds fun