A South Canterbury man has his eye on a world record.
David Thew, 54, has been practising Tai Chi for about 36 years, and says his next goal is to attempt to beat the world record for longest marathon in the martial art.
He said the record stands at 29 hours and he plans to try and break it while raising money for cancer. He is now looking for others to get involved.
And he said he’s looking forward to the challenge.
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Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defence training and its health benefits.
“I’ve just returned from competing in the Oceania Championships over Labour Weekend in Melbourne.
“I got two golds for New Zealand there.”
Thew said after completing the championships he was trying to decide what his next challenge would be.
“I’m starting to think about training for that [world record attempt].”
Thew said Tai Chi has many benefits.
“Nowadays it’s generally practised for a general health system.
“It makes you stronger … you sleep better, and after practising for a length of time, it actually reverses the ageing process.”
Thew said he plans to attempt the world record in April but was torn whether to attempt it in Timaru or Temuka.
“I live in Temuka and I though it’d be quite nice to have all the community get behind it.
“I haven’t got a venue as such at the moment but it’s in the planning.”
Thew said he’ll have a Tai Chi team from Christchurch to help him on the day.
He said he hoped the public would support him on the day.
Thew is a fulltime gardener at Margaret Wilson Home in Timaru, and also holds ‘staff wellness programmes’ for Presbyterian Support South Canterbury, incorporating his Tai Chi expertise.
“I have especially designed these programmes involving Qigong exercise, Tai Chi and techniques from traditional Chinese medicine.”