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If you want to gain skill - or experience the benefits - in any endeavour, some form of commitment is necessary.
This would be true of learning to drive, gardening, fitness, you name it... There are no exceptions.


In order to study tai chi properly it is necessary to attend regularly and practice the art.

No nonsense membership

There is no joining fee, no annual fee, no grading fees.

Member's lessons

Lessons for members start at 6:30 PM. Members are welcome to arrive at whatever time is most convenient.
Train up to 2 hours a night.

I think Sifu Waller knows more about functional biomechanics than all the orthopaedic surgeons I have met put together. I rarely have clicking joints now since Sifu Waller instructed me to work within the limits of the ‘click’ and then build up over time to a wider range.

(Dr David Cousins)

Membership fee

The membership fee is paid by monthly instalments. £40. Standing order only.
This fee covers: Monday night tuition, informal assessments, one-to-one guidance, bespoke learning, longer lessons, insurance, hall rental fee, website hosting, school database...

3 approaches

We offer 3 different approaches to tai chi. These are listed in order of difficulty:

  1. Tai chi for health syllabus

  2. Tai chi for fitness syllabus

  3. Taijiquan syllabus

Students may train at whatever level they are capable of doing. Our program is entirely self-differentiating.

Tai chi for health

Every student who joins our school begins with tai chi for health. Some people move beyond health training and study tai chi for fitness or the martial art.
Others continue with the non-martial syllabus.


To study the martial art a student must be fit enough to undertake the training. We conduct a thorough 'physical'.

Individual development

Since a school member attends class every week, it quite easy for the instructor to keep track of their progress, offer assistance and monitor their wellbeing.

There are so many different dimensions to what Sifu Waller's class offers, it is hard to know where to start. The main thing for me is that it is great fun - I never expected that it would make me laugh so much.

This comes from Sifu Waller's unique approach, sharing his vast knowledge in a down-to-earth and non-macho way, which I think leads to the whole class being a warm and supportive place to be.

The key thing is that it works, such simple things that have a really dramatic effect on your body, not a spiritual, abstract set of moves but real 'I do this, he falls down' stuff. I can feel my own body responding now too - getting firmer, more balanced, more in control - and I think the qigong exercises are making my mind much calmer as well.


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Last updated 09 June 2019