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The Dragon's Head Blog: Taoist Tai Chi™ practice and weightlifting

I have been practicing Taoist Tai Chi™ arts consistently since I turned 28. Now 22 years later and through many years of competing nationally and internationally as an Olympic-style weightlifter and powerlifter, I find that Taoist Tai Chi™ practice is an integral part of my physical, mental and spiritual health.

I am proud of my history as an older athlete, having stayed competitive amongst lifters often half my age throughout my career and  earning an IWF record-setting gold medal at the World Masters Games in my own age and weight class category in 2016. I am certain that my Taoist Tai Chi practice has been essential to keeping my muscle tissue, tendons and ligaments strong and flexible. My sports massage therapist tells me that my tissue feels like that of a 30 year old! And recently, my sports ortho took an ultrasound of my hip and said that people 10 years younger would be happy to have my hip!

Now I powerlift, holding American Masters Records,  and twice earned the title of Masters Champion at the USA Powerlifting Nationals. I am so grateful to have found Taoist Tai Chi™ arts, and I just know that I would not be able to continue to train, recover and compete without my Taoist Tai Chi™ practice! 


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