Ross Woolman has been a volunteer leader Tai Chi leader for the past two-and-a-half years and wants to get more men involved in the exercise regime. Picture: Declan RurengaWHEN it comes to Tai Chi, there is no-one more experienced or passionate in Junee than Ross Woolman.
Mr Woolman is encouraging more men to become involved.
“Usually men think of sport as something putting in hard effort, you can work hard in Tai Chi, just not in the same way as something like rugby,” he said.
“But after an hour of the class, you definitely feel like you’ve worked hard.”
For the past eight years Mr Woolman has been participating in the sport and he has lead Junee residents for the past two and a half.
Initially Mr Woolman wasn’t interested in Tai Chi and he jokes he was “dragged” into it.
But now, it’s hard for him not to talk about the benefits – with Tai Chi helping with his own case of arthritis.
“My arthritis won’t get any better, but it won’t get any worse,” he said.
“I saw an ad in the local paper and a mate and I decided to come, for the first six weeks, it was awful, the pain was very bad.
“I was going to give it away, but the next time I came, the pain wasn’t as bad and as I continued on, I discovered it was going me a lot of good.”
Participants are guided by a leader in Tai Chi and Mr Woolman said a previous trainer would sometimes not be able to hold a class and so he took a chance to become a leader to fill in, later becoming the full-time volunteer leader.
Mr Woolman said Tai Chi benefit people for all ages and could help sharpen the mind and help with balance.
“It’s one of the few sports where you use every muscle in your body,” he said.
Two classes are held during the week, one at 8am on Monday for advanced Tai Chi and then a beginner’s class at 1pm at the Junee Recreation and Aquatic Centre – the only cost is a gold coin donation.
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