Sifu Waller
Baguazhang, chin na, shuai jiao & taijiquan
     

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Professional

• 42 years martial arts experience
• 30,000 hours of practice
• Professionally qualified teacher
• Differentiated syllabus
• Fully insured
• 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:

  1. Baguazhang (8 trigrams palm)

  2. Chin na (seizing)

  3. Shuai jiao (take downs)

  4. Taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist)

  5. Neigong (whole-body strength)

  6. Jing (whole-body power)

  7. Weapons

  8. Martial skill (kung fu)

  9. Biomechanics

  10. Self defence

  11. Martial theory

  12. Qigong (energy work)

  13. Form

  14. Pushing hands

  15. Theory & principles

  16. Taoism

  17. Brain work (meditation, awareness, metacognition)

  18. Zen

  19. Taoist Yoga

  20. Core strength

  21. Cardio work (HIIT)

  22. Weight training

 

Sifu Waller is not only an exceptional martial artist, he's also a skilled and very patient teacher.

(Eddie)

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

I
n 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 the crayons...

(Karen)


Peter Southwood


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.


Teaching experience

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.
 

Master

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


Sifu means teacher/father/master:

  1. Teaching the syllabus to students of all ability levels

  2. Responsible for the wellbeing of the class

  3. 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.


Scholar

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.


Married

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 Waller’s skills are immense and it is a privilege to be taught at such a high level.

(Brian)

Webmaster

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 20 May 2017