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Karate helps park-home residents battle old age

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A karate black-belt pensioner from Lincolnshire is proving that retirement doesn't have to be just about gentle gardening and trips to the library.


John Viney, who lives at The Elms park-home estate in Torksey, has formed the Torksey Dragons Tai Chi Club which boasts a growing membership of "oldies with attitude" from the park.

With most of the Dragons in their seventies, John is actually one of the youngest at the club which meets every Thursday afternoon in the village hall.

Although a 2nd Dan Shotokan Karate expert, the Tai Chi John teaches is not a martial art used in fighting but a method of promoting physical and psychological health.

Combining deep breathing and relaxation with slow and graceful movements, it is found especially beneficial by older people wishing to improve their overall wellbeing.

A former police inspector, John retired from the force aged 55. He and his wife Christine later moved to Cyprus – but then found they were missing their two daughters and grandchildren.

They decided to return to England, and came upon their dream home at The Elms where 300 park homes are set in 60 acres of parkland with nature trails and abundant wildlife.

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