PhD Title: Comparison between the impact of taijiquan and walking practice on gait patterns in individuals with Parkinson´s Disease
Supervisor: Dr Martin Lakie and Dr Raymond Reynolds
Tania Emi Sakanaka is a Brazilian national wushu team taijiquan (tai chi) athlete, competing since 2003 at world-championship-level.
Along with her career as a national team taijiquan (tai chi) athlete, Tania has been actively developing her research work on martial arts and motor control. For her MA thesis, she conducted a biomechanical analysis of the taijiquan pelvic rotational movement in louxiaobu routine, supervised by the best Traditional National Sports professor of China, Prof. Xu Weijun (BSU). Following her interests, she has started her PhD research program at the University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Dr Martin Lakie and Dr Raymond Reynolds. Focusing on taijiquan and rehabilitation, they are now studying parameters related to balance and postural stabilization, concentrating on intrinsic muscle stiffness.