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Notes, lessons and reflections

An introduction to
Sifu Waller's teaching and insights:

  1. Taijiquan

  2. Form

  3. Combat

  4. Self defence

  5. Neigong (whole-body strength)

  6. Qigong

  7. The old ways

  8. The Tao/Dao

  9. Zen

  10. Fitness

  11. Meditation

  12. Living

  13. Health

  14. Attitude

  15. Learning

  16. Teaching
     

Taijiquan

4 ounces
8 active ingredients

13 areas of study
13 postures
70%
Ability
Adjustment

Advanced martial art
Authenticity
The beauty of tai chi
Beginner
Central equilibrium
Centre
Chang treatise
Common misconceptions
Confusing internal & external training methods
Dance

Dynamic
Easy tai chi?
The essence of the Art
Expert
External to internal
FAQs
Fa jing
Finding a tai chi class
Fluid
Force

A gentle approach
Grades
Home training
How?
Internal/external ratio
Jing (internal/whole-body power)
Key points
Knowledge base
Kung fu
Learning tai chi
A life less ordinary
A living art
Lineage
Listening
Martial theory
Mastery
Mirroring
Nervous system
Nimble
Over 50
Partner work
Power
Practical yielding
Pushing hands
Range & reach
Sensitivity
Shen
Sifu
Simplicity
Spontaneity
Sticky
Sword
Sung
Tai chi class or school?
Tai chi is not sport
Taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist)
Taijiquan fighting method
Taijiquan grades
Taijiquan principles
Taijiquan syllabus
Types of tai chi
Wang treatise
Weapons
Why learn taijiquan?
Wu treatise
Yang Cheng Fu's 10 essentials
Yang style
Yielding




Form

8 stages of form
A copy or a way?
Form (whole-body movement)
Form applications
Form is movement
Form pattern
Form without function

Similarities & differences

Slow



Combat

Anticipation
Blocks
Bracing
Chin na (seizing)
Chinese martial arts
Combat

Cross-training martial arts
Female martial artist
Fighting
Grappling

Holds
Impact

Incapacitation
Internecine
Learning an internal martial art
Martial art
Martial concepts
Martial expectations
Multiple opponents
Neijiaquan (internal martial arts)
Neutralise
Reasonable force

Shuai jiao (take downs)
Skills
Technical skills
Technique-based mentality
Unpredictability
The way of the warrior

Women in martial arts



Self defence

Evading a knife
Panic
Self defence
Self defence courses
What is self defence?




Neigong

Alignment
Biomechanics
Ergonomics
Internal strength
The internal way of moving
Natural power

Neigong/nei gong/nei kung (internal work/whole-body strength)
Peng
Power generation

Reeling silk
Strength
Strong or tense?
Structure




Qigong

Qi
Qi gong/qigong/chi kung
Qigong practice
Types of qigong



The old ways

An ancient art
The ancient world
The authentic self
Awakening
Esoteric
Grace

Heightened level of awareness
The journey
The lost art?
More than exercise
Mystery
Myths & magic
The Old Ways
The road less travelled
Secrets
The seeker
Using the mind instead of force
Warrior/sage
Wisdom
Wonder



The Tao/dao

Embodied Taoism
Natural order
Practical Taoism
Real human
Spiritual
The Tao/Dao
Taoism/daoism
Taoist
Te
Tzu-jan
The Way
The Way and Its Power
Wu wei
Yin/yang



Zen

Wabi sabi
Zen
Zen & tai chi











 

Fitness

Age
Balance
Balancing the body
Condition
Coordination
Cross-training
Cross-training in our school
A deliberate life
Easy exercise
Exaggeration
Exercise
Exercise is boring
Exertion
Fitness level
Full strength
Gait
Health or fitness?
Keep fit
Lower body strength
Massage
Mobility
Motor skills
Muscle
No pain, no gain
Over-taxing the body
Physical education
Poise
Rejuvenation
Running
Shoulders
Stretching
Tai chi for fitness
Tai chi for fitness syllabus
Tension
Use it or lose it
Vitality
Yoga
Youthful



Meditation

Attention
Choice
Clarity

Composure
Contemplation
Detachment
Emotional awareness
Hearing or listening?
Inspirational quotes
Meditation
Mindful
Perception
Presence
Seeing & looking
Self-awareness
Silence
Stillness
Tranquillity
Vulnerability



Living

90%
Art & culture
Arthritis
Books (shortlist)

Fatigue
Friendship
The future
Hope

Hurry
Listen to your body
Living
Longevity
Making space
Moderation
Politics
Quality of life
A quiet life
Retire
Sleep
Time
Toys
TV
Value
Worrying



Health

Anti-aging
Arms
Back problems
Benefits

Biological organism
Brain health
Calm
Cherry blossom
Circulation
Detox
Diet
Dietary education
Energy levels
Fat loss
Feet
Hands
Healthy living
Hip & groin
Joint health
Knees
Legs
Medical problems
Memory
Migraine
Panacea
Pelvis
Quick fix
Relaxation
Rest
Tai chi as a tonic
Tai chi for health
Tai chi for health syllabus
Therapy?
Vegetarian
Wellbeing
Zero sugar diet



Attitude

Act now
Aggression
Amateurs
Anger
Assertiveness
Bullying
Change
Commitment
Demons
Fear
Free will
Frustration
Getting your own way
How can you tell?

Humility
Humour
Macho
Manners
Over-confidence
Patience
Respect
Sincerity
Strong mental attitude



Learning

About us
Adult learning
Assistant teachers
The basics
Brain work (meditation, awareness, metacognition)
Classes
Comfort zone
Context
Corrections
Cost
Creativity
Differentiation
Exoticism
Forgotten how to learn?
General knowledge

Habits
Induction course
Inner teachings
Intelligence
Introduction
Joining
Knowledge
Knowledge & wisdom
Learner driver
Making mistakes
Meaning
Means and ends
Mental representation
New...
Opinion
Pay-as-you-go
Practice
Prices
Private lessons
Proof
Reviews
Simplistic
Skill level
Syllabus
Tailored learning
Understanding
Unlearn
Verbal understanding



Teaching

Fit to teach?
How tai chi is taught in modern times
Teaching levels
Teaching tai chi


Page created 13 January 1995
Last updated 19 November 2018