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41 years old
Rachel Waller is a very healthy example of what daily tai chi, a good diet and a balanced lifestyle can offer. She doesn't look 41, does she?
Malaysian tai chi teacher
Rachel was born in Kuching, Borneo. She is from Chinese/Kayan descent. Brought up on a steady diet of Chinese martial arts movies, Rachel has been interested in martial arts training for most of her life.
Taekwondo black belt
Rachel studied with the Sarawak Taekwondo Association (ITF) and passed her first taekwondo black belt in 1994. She went on to become president of the club.
Living in the UK
After passing her degree at Durham University in 2001 Rachel became a permanent resident. She has lived in the UK ever since.
Rachel attended a class being taught by Sifu Waller and was so amazed by his high level of skill that she joined the class immediately.
It was quite a surprise to find bona fide martial arts skills of this standard in the UK.
I like that there's no macho, aggressive attitude in the class, and that
everyone is helpful and respectful of one another.
I also like the structure of the class, and the clear syllabus that lets you see how you're progressing.
Qualified tai chi teacher
Rachel is a Malaysian tai chi teacher registered with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. She teaches qigong, tai chi for health and tai chi for fitness.
Rachel has been Disclosure and Barring Service checked so that she can teach adults of all ages.
Rachel has an up-to-date First Aid qualification.
A lady of tai chi
Rachel offers a wide variety of skills:
- standing qigong (various)
- moving qigong (various)
- Long Yang form (regular & mirrored)
- sabre form (regular & mirrored)
- walking stick form (regular & mirrored)
- jian form (regular & mirrored)
- pao chui form (regular & mirrored)
Pushing hands/pushing legs/monkey paws/da lu
Taoist Yoga (tao yin)
Theory & principles
Asian tea appreciation
Rachel handles the registration of students in class, writing a blog, administrating class, inducting new starters, preparing the hall for class, organising (and sometimes hosting) social events and answering e-mails.
She is responsible for locating venues, photography and filming. Her creative input has resulted in many positive changes for the class.
Sifu Waller and Rachel treat everyone in the class with great
politeness and respect.
Internal martial art
Rachel is studying taijiquan.
The benefits of tai chi #1
Rachel's childhood taekwondo practice put tremendous strain on her joints. The training was exertive, strenuous and damaging. Her hips and shoulders clicked and often felt painful.
By contrast, the taijiquan taught by Sifu Waller uses the body in a very different way to taekwondo. Soon after commencing taijiquan, Rachel's joints stopped clicking and hurting.
The benefits of tai chi #2
Rachel did something bad to her knee whilst helping move office furniture at work. It got worse all day. The following morning Rachel was unable to walk properly... She experienced serious shooting pain.
Later that day, Sifu Waller asked Rachel to perform certain actions and then explained what she was doing. He physically mimicked Rachel's habits so that she could see them.
He then showed her a better way to do each action. A small pile of reading material followed, then a conversation and examples of functional biomechanics.
A day later the painful knee no longer had shooting pain. It was not healed, but it was improving. After that, Rachel experienced a fairly rapid rehabilitation of her injured knee and a full recovery.
Since childhood Rachel has been an avid tea enthusiast. She likes to taste different flavours of Asian tea and is happy to share her knowledge with any student seeking an introduction to tea appreciation.
Hobbies & interests
Malaysian people are obsessed with food and Rachel is no exception.
She has other interests too... meditation, gardening, walking, cooking, baking, photography, reading, crochet, sewing, knitting, cycling, old movies, sci fi, graphic novels, the countryside, nature and cuddling her husband.
Rachel likes to explore traditional Japanese culture e.g. haiku, ukiyo-e, literature, calligraphy, textiles, pottery, tea ceremony, furoshiki (the Japanese art of wrapping things using fabrics), yosou (the Japanese art of food arrangement) along with modern anime.
Rachel has been married to Sifu Waller for quite a long time...
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Last updated 24 April 2019