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Notes, lessons and reflections

An introduction to
Sifu Waller's teaching and insights:

  1. Taijiquan

  2. Combat

  3. Self defence

  4. Neigong (whole-body strength)

  5. The old ways

  6. The Tao/Dao

  7. Zen

  8. Meditation

  9. Living

  10. Health

  11. Qigong (energy work)

  12. Attitude

  13. Learning

  14. Teaching
     

Taijiquan

3-D
4 ounces
5 stages of form
8 active ingredients

13 areas of study
13 postures
36 strategies
70%
Ability
Adjustment

Advanced martial art
Authenticity
The beauty of taijiquan
Beginner
Cat
Central equilibrium
Centre
Chang treatise
Common misconceptions
Confusing internal & external training methods
A copy or a way?
Dance
Dynamic
Ease
Emotional content
Energy
The essence of the Art
Expert
External to internal
Exuberant play

FAQs
Fa jing
Finding a tai chi class
Fluid
Force

Form (whole-body movement)
Form applications
Form is movement
Form pattern
Form without function

Free the movement
Games
Gaps & deficiencies

A gentle approach
Grades
Groundpath
History
Home training
How?
Intention
Jing (internal/whole-body power)
John Lash quotes
Key points
Kung fu
Learning tai chi
A life less ordinary
Lineage
Listening
Martial eligibility
Martial routine
Martial theory
Mastery
Nervous system
Nimble
Over 50
Partner work
Power
Practical yielding
Pushing hands
Range & reach
Scientist
Sensitivity
Shen
Sifu
Similarities & differences
Simplicity
Slow
Small circle
Soft option
Spontaneity
Sticky
Swords
Sung
Tai chi is not sport
Taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist)
Taijiquan as a supplement
Taijiquan fighting method
Taijiquan & piano lessons
Taijiquan principles
Taijiquan syllabus
Taijiquan syllabus by grade
Types of tai chi
Wang treatise
Weak
Weapons
Why learn taijiquan?
Wu treatise
Yang Cheng Fu's 10 essentials
Yang style
Yang style variations
Yielding



Combat

Anticipation
Applications explained
Are you a martial artist?
Baguazhang (8 trigrams palm)
Blocks
Bracing
Chin na (seizing)
Chinese martial arts
Combat

Conviction
Cross-training martial arts
Female martial artist
Fighting
Fighting on TV
Finishing off
Freeform combat
Grappling

Holds
Impact

Incapacitation
Kung fu suit
Kung fu syllabus
Learning an internal martial art
Martial art
Martial concepts
Martial expectations
Martial sets
Melee
Minimalist

Multiple opponents
Neijiaquan (internal martial arts)
Nerve
Neutral state
Neutralise
Newton's laws
Penetrating defences

Powers & principles
Quan (fist/combat/martial art)
Reacting
Reasonable force
Redundancy
Shuai jiao (take downs)
Skills
Taijiquan combat
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
Are you strong enough?
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




The old ways

An ancient art
The authentic self
Awakening
Direct transmission
Esoteric
The floating world

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



The Tao/dao

I Ching quotes
Natural order
Practical Taoism
Real human
The Science of the Essence
Spiritual
Straw dogs
The Tao/Dao
Taoism/daoism
Taoist
Te
Tzu-jan
The Vinegar Tasters
The Way
The Way and Its Power
Wu wei
Yin/yang



Zen

Buddha quotes
Imperfect
Mushin
Rustic
Wabi sabi
Zen
Zen koan
Zen mind
Zen & taijiquan

Meditation

Attachment
Attention
Belief
Breathing
Clarity

Composure
Concentration
Conflict
Consciousness
Constructive rest
Contemplation

Detachment
Emotional awareness
The exchange
Exponential development
Insights
Inspirational quotes
Krishnamurti
Krishnamurti's descriptions
Meditation
Mind power
Mindful
Mirror
Perception
Seeing & looking
Self
Self-awareness
Silence
Stillness
Tranquillity
Truth
Vulnerability
Words



Living

90%
Animals
Art & culture
Arthritis
Books (shortlist)

A deliberate life
The future
Growing

Hope
Hurry
Life... it made sense at the time
Listen to your body
Living
Longevity
Luck
Making space
Moderation
Politics
Quality of life
A quiet life
Retire
Sleep
Solutions
Time
Toys
TV
Value
Vitality
Work in progress
Worrying
Youthful



Health

Alzheimer's disease
Anti-aging
Back problems
Bags
Balance
Balancing the body
Benefits
Biological organism
Brain health
Calm
Cherry blossom
Condition
Coordination
Detox
Diet
Exaggeration
Exercise
Exercise is boring
Exercise opportunities
Exertion
Fat loss
Fitness level
Full strength
Healthy living
Imperfect health
Knees
Lower body strength
Massage
Medical problems
Memory
Migraine
Mobility
Muscle
Neuroplasticity
No pain, no gain
Panacea
Quick fix
Rejuvenation
Relaxation
Rest
Running
Sport
Stretching
Tai chi for health
Tai chi for health syllabus
Tension
Wellbeing
Yoga



Qigong

Qi (energy/breath)
Qi myths
Qi power?
Qi gong/qigong/chi kung (energy/breath work)
Qigong practice
The role of qigong in the internal martial arts
The role of qigong in a tai chi class
Types of qigong
Understanding qigong




Attitude

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

Humility
Humour
Learned helplessness
Macho
Manners
Over-analysing...
Passive aggressive
Patience
Respect
Responsibility
Security
Self-help
Self-reliance
Sincerity
Strong mental attitude
Vulgarity
Whole-hearted



Learning

About us
Adult learning
The basics
Books
Brain work (meditation, awareness, metacognition)
Classes
Context
Corrections
Cost
Creativity
Cross-training
Differentiation
Drilling
Exoticism
Familiarity
Forgotten how to learn?
General knowledge

Habits
Induction course
Inner teachings
Intelligence
Introduction
Knowledge
Knowledge & wisdom
Learner driver
Meaning
Means and ends
Opinion
Pay-as-you-go
Physical education
Practice
Prices
Private lessons
Privileges of membership
Proof
The purpose of a taijiquan school
Refinement
Questions
Recommended reading
Reviews
Self-differentiating
Simplistic
Skill level
Syllabus
Tailored learning
Tradition
Understanding
Verbal understanding



Teaching

Fit to teach?
How taijiquan is taught in modern times
Instructing (tai chi for health)
Instructing (taijiquan)

Teaching levels
Teaching tai chi


Page created 13 January 1995
Last updated 03 April 2017