Baguazhang study

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Terms & conditions

Taijiquan students may ask to learn baguazhang... but there are conditions.


Baguazhang is not an entry-level martial art. It is not suitable for new starters. Practicing baguazhang without the prerequisite foundation skills is reckless and dangerous.
There is a significant risk of injury because the joints are not strong enough and the body is not flexible enough.
Our terms are dictated by the insurance company policy requirement and are not negotiable.


Taijiquan students exploring baguazhang must not neglect their taijiquan training. Baguazhang needs to be treated as a hobby - an extra - rather than their focus.

Minimum requirements

To request baguazhang study a student must possess certain skills:

Know all 4 taijiquan forms
The ability to apply taijiquan martially
The ability to apply the entire Long Yang form martially
Excellent balance
Excellent coordination
A willingness to commit to extra daily training at home
Skill with a wide variety of standing and moving qigong exercises
Whole-body strength
Whole-body movement
Whole-body power
Shuai jiao applications
Chin na applications
Form applications
Stretching exercises
Taoist Yoga
Sensitivity, stickiness and pressure


Please note that baguazhang will not be tutored on a Monday night and on-going tuition is subject to sustained progress.
A baguazhang student needs to be tutored every month in order to learn the curriculum, although weekly lessons are better.

Arranging tuition

Baguazhang can be taught in private lessons, at a baguazhang boot camp and during baguazhang workshops. These will be the only opportunity to study the second art.
Please contact Rachel to arrange tuition.

Kung fu

Baguazhang has never been taught for health purposes/benefits. It remains a distinctly martial form of kung fu.

I think that people don't appreciate the steep learning/practice curve when committing to a martial art. Baguazhang practice necessitates a lengthy period of extensive drilling, before learning palm changes.

Once palm changes are good enough (by Sifu Waller's standards), the drills can be discontinued and the daily commitment reduced to about 20 minutes. But that takes 5-10 years.


Now for the rub...

Can you reasonable train both taijiquan and baguazhang and do both arts justice? No way. Not if you have a full-time job , and already practice taijiquan.
The taijiquan syllabus is large enough as it is, and we don't train a lot of forms in our school.
If you wanted to train baguazhang as well as taijiquan, the best you could hope for is to do palm changes each day. And some drills every week. But nothing much.
Time is life, and time is limited.

No time wasters please

Whilst Sifu Waller is willing to share the secrets of baguazhang, please don't waste his time. Training a second martial art isn't easy. If you don't put in the work, Sifu Waller won't tutor you.


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Last updated 18 February 2021