Rachel Waller
Qigong & tai chi

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7000 miles from here...

Rachel Waller 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 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 kind 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)
    - walking stick form (regular & mirrored)
    - jian form (regular & mirrored)

  3. Pushing hands

  4. Meditation

  5. Self-massage

  6. Psoas exercises

  7. Constructive rest

  8. Leg stretches

  9. Core strength

  10. Cardio work

  11. Theory & principles

  12. Neigong (whole-body strength)

  13. Taoist Yoga (tao yin)

  14. Self defence

  15. 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.

I have crossed the horizon to find you
I know your name
They have stolen the heart from inside you
But this does not define you
This is not who you are
You know who you are


Internal martial arts

Rachel is studying 2 internal martial arts: baguazhang and taijiquan.

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, 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.


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



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Page created 2 September 2007
Last updated 07 January 2018