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50 years old
45 years martial arts experience
Professionally qualified teacher
Teaching since 1995
Committed 15 years to full-time teaching and practice
Sifu Waller offers the most comprehensive chin na, shuai jiao and taijiquan curriculum in the North East of England. Sifu Waller only teaches martial students.
What does Sifu Waller teach?
Sifu Waller offers a wide variety of skills:
Taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist)
Baguazhang (8 trigrams palm)
Chin na (seizing)
Shuai jiao (take downs)
Neigong (whole-body strength)
Jing (whole-body power)
Brain work (meditation, awareness, metacognition)
Sifu Waller is not only
an exceptional martial artist, he's also a skilled and very patient teacher.
How it all started...
Sifu Waller's interest in martial arts began with the 1972 TV series Kung Fu (starring David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine).
He was intrigued by the quiet, contemplative way of life, the polite manners, ancient philosophies... and of course the martial arts. His lessons began in 1975.
The internal arts
In 1983 the TV documentary The Way of the Warrior introduced Sifu Waller to taijiquan and baguazhang, inspiring him to seek out instruction.
A lot of practice
In the mid 1970's Sifu Waller started martial arts training; both in class and daily at home.
During the 1980's and 1990's Sifu Waller attended up to five different lessons a week, sometimes travelling over 40 miles for tuition. He also attended a considerable number of workshops around the UK.
Martial arts experience
Sifu Waller enjoyed learning many different kinds of martial arts before focusing on taijiquan and baguazhang.
He studied judo, karate, ju jitsu, aikido, iaido, pencat silat, tangsoodo, wing chun, shuai jiao, chin na, pak mei, yiquan, xingyiquan, baguazhang and taijiquan.
As a boy and a young man, Sifu Waller trained a lot of wing chun, judo and ju jitsu. He became very fond of the grappling arts.
Striking or grappling?
If you punch somebody it may hurt them or it may not. Grappling is different; the applications and techniques can be trained rigorously in class and then applied in real life, with simply an increase in power.
Our students are taught how to strike, but skill with grappling must come first. Simply because it is more reliable.
The more I get into
this, the more I realise how lucky we are as a class. I've just been reading
the part about finding a good teacher in the Sword Polisher's Record. We are
incredibly lucky. Most people could look their whole lives and never find
anything close. Sifu Waller's painting masterpieces and we can't even hold
For 20 years Sifu Waller was the lineage student of the renowned teacher Peter Southwood; undertaking his bai shi and tea ceremony in 1990.
He had more than 500 private lessons with Peter, along with weekly classes and workshops.
In 1995 Sifu Waller became an instructor in Peter's class. The following year he obtained a post-graduate professional teaching qualification from The University of Leeds.
Sifu Waller registered with The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain when he offered his own classes.
Peter Southwood awarded Sifu Waller the 'master of taijiquan' rank in 2010.
A master of taijiquan or
qigong does not enjoy the luxury of many coaches in modern sports like
football and athletics who often cannot dribble a ball or run a race half as
well as the students they teach. As mediocre instructors are so common
nowadays - some even start to teach after having attended only a few weekend
seminars - finding a great master is like finding a gem in a hay stack.
(Wong Kiew Kit)
Sifu means teacher/father/master:
Teaching the syllabus to students of all ability levels
Responsible for the wellbeing of the class
Mastery of the art
A sifu is capable of doing/applying
all aspects of the art taught in the classes. Their skills transcend those of every student in the class.
The practical fighting skills of taijiquan will not work without the requisite principles underpinning the art.
Taijiquan is based upon a complex theoretical foundation, and an instructor must have considerable understanding of the background material, anatomy and other martial arts.
Sifu Waller holds an honours degree in literature and a post-graduate certificate in education. He is particularly adept at metacognition.
Sifu Waller is married to Rachel.
Body work professional
Sifu Waller also has decades of experience with yoga, Alexander Technique, Pilates, core strength, partnered massage and self-massage. He has trained yoga every day since 1982.
Sifu Wallers skills are immense and it is a privilege to be taught at such a high level.
Sifu Waller is responsible for designing, building and writing the content of this website. He manages all aspects of the site; including hosting, marketing and keeping the material accurate and up-to-date.
Along with a couple of blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other listings throughout the internet.
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Author: Rachel Waller
Page created 8 May 1996
Last updated 21 June 2020