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42 years martial arts experience
30,000 hours of practice
Professionally qualified teacher
Teaching kung fu since 1995
Committed 13 years to full-time teaching and practice
What does Sifu Waller teach?
Sifu Waller offers a wide variety of skills:
Baguazhang (8 trigrams palm) - 'swimming dragon' emphasis
Chin na (seizing)
Shuai jiao (take downs)
Taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist) - 'reeling silk' emphasis
Neigong (whole-body strength)
Jing (whole-body power)
Martial skill (kung fu)
Qigong (energy work)
Theory & principles
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 in both of those arts.
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 focussing on the Chinese internal martial arts.
He studied judo, karate, ju jitsu, aikido, iaido, pencat silat, tangsoodo, wing chun, shuai jiao, chin na, pak mei, yiquan, xingyiquan, baguazhang and taijiquan.
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 disciple 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)
Taijiquan fighting method
Sifu Waller offers the most comprehensive taijiquan curriculum in the North East of England.
Kung fu instructor
Sifu Waller only teaches martial students.
He focuses upon 2 internal martial arts: taijiquan and baguazhang.
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 theory underpinning them.
Taijiquan is based upon a complex theoretical foundation, explained in the Taoist Classics and The Tai Chi Classics.
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 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.
Thanks to Peter McNally, David Robinson, James de Valer and Peter Southwood for their help and inspiration.
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Author: Rachel Waller
Page created 8 May 1996
Last updated 05 July 2017