For those of us who’ve been involved in
martial arts for some time, and have some experience of Chinese arts and
teachers, I feel we can be confident that with Sifu Waller we have
stumbled upon a treasure trove of authentic Chinese martial arts. It’s
tremendously exciting as the lineage and history is abundantly clear in
his approach. It struck me, the first time I saw Sifu Waller demonstrate
it, that 5000 years of Chinese culture and history is somehow woven into
the lethal beauty of his art.
In many martial arts schools the practice was carried out in secrecy
and the school's very existence was frequently concealed from the
authorities. For example, taijiquan is based on body of theory known to
be around 2000 years old yet it was not revealed until 1750.
When a master of taijiquan faces an opponent he brings to the
confrontation thousands of years of philosophical, martial and practical
thought. He has lived most of his life according to the principles
established centuries ago and in the process, he has strengthened his
body and probably earned a long and healthy life.
Yang style has something of the feeling of 'killer energy' about it;
it is more martial in appearance.
A spectator can see the applications of the movements when they watch
(Master Xu Shu Song)