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To learn taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist) a student must join the school.
We do not offer kung fu training to non members.

No nonsense membership

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

I think Sifu Waller knows more about functional biomechanics that 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)


The membership fee is paid by monthly instalments.
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, class database...

Tai chi for health

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

Taijiquan syllabus

The first two grades are concerned with health & fitness.
Students improve their mobility, flexibility, strength, coordination and stamina.
Then they learn technical skills and combat.

Taijiquan eligibility

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

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.

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.

Worth reading

• Privileges of membership
• Martial eligibility
• Commitment
• The road less travelled
• The lost art? 
• Ability 
• Adult learning

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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Page created 8 May 1996
Last updated 08 March 2017