Rachel Waller
Qigong & tai chi teacher

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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.

Taijiquan & baguazhang

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.

DBS checked

Rachel has been Disclosure and Barring Service checked so that she can teach adults of all ages.

First aider

Rachel has an up-to-date First Aid qualification.

A lady of tai chi

Rachel offers a wide variety of skills:

  1. Qigong
    - standing qigong (various)
    - moving qigong (various)

  2. Form
    - Long Yang form (regular & mirrored)
    - sabre
    form (regular & mirrored)
    - walking stick form (regular & mirrored)
    - jian form (regular & mirrored)

  3. Pushing hands/pushing legs/monkey paws/da lu

  4. Meditation

  5. Self-massage

  6. Psoas exercises

  7. Constructive rest

  8. Leg stretches

  9. Core strength

  10. Cardio work

  11. Taoist Yoga (tao yin)

  12. Principles

  13. Biomechanics

  14. Neigong (whole-body strength)

  15. Self defence

  16. Martial sets

  17. 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.


Indoor student

Rachel is an indoor student of 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.

Tea appreciation

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, pop culture figure collecting, pin-up art, nature, holistic beauty/health care 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.


has been married to Sifu Waller for quite a long time...

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Page created 2 September 2007
Last updated 19 February 2020