Martial eligibility

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To train taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist), weapons training, self defence, chin na, shuai jiao or baguazhang you must be a school member paying by monthly standing order.

Mandatory factors

To ensure personal safety and meet our insurance requirements certain factors must be taken into account:

  1. No medical/health problems *

  2. Age (over 18)

  3. Good attitude & humour

  4. Weekly attendance

  5. Prepared to practice at home between classes

  6. Not studying another martial art

* this includes being notably overweight

If you’re looking for something easy, then kung fu is probably not for you.

(Anna Spysz)

Asking to do martial training

There are 3 steps: an aptitude test, a questionnaire and a physical.

Fitness & attitude

We reserve the right to decline martial tuition:

• if we feel that a student is physically unable to study taijiquan safely
• if an individual demonstrates the wrong attitude for taijiquan study

Rachel will always act with the
wellbeing of the student in
Insurance regulations prohibit a student from training material that is unsuitable for their fitness/ability level.

Martial arts are dangerous

The British Medical Association Guide To Sports Injuries states:

Combat sports such as boxing, judo, karate or kung fu make tough demands on the body; training is intense, and participation requires all-round fitness. Regardless of the fitness of the participants, however, the aggressive blows traded between opponents means that these sports always carry a serious risk of injury.

Worth reading

Are you a martial artist?
• Are you strong enough?
• Condition
• Cross-training in our school
• Fitness level
• Full strength
• Kung fu fitness
• Martial arts fitness
• Martial expectations
• Strong mental attitude
• Tailored learning

Having never had any martial arts experience I was really interested in starting classes with Newcastle Tai Chi. The classes are so well organised and structured that you feel each week you are making progress and developing. Sifu Waller's level of skill in martial arts is astounding and learning from someone of such advanced knowledge is humbling. The work is challenging but incredibly rewarding and you can supplement the weekly lessons with workshops to really enhance the experience. I am really excited to keep training each week and would recommend the classes to anyone interested in martial arts.

(Amelia House)

Page created 2 March 1995
Last updated 5 July 2011