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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

3-D
3 rules
4 ounces
5 animals
6 balanced pairs
8 active ingredients

13 areas of study
13 patterns
36 strategies
70%
360
Ability
Adjustment

Advanced martial art
Applications explained
Are you a martial artist?
Are you strong enough?

Authenticity
Bearing
The beauty of tai chi
Beginner
Being awkward
Central equilibrium
Centre
Common misconceptions
Confusing internal & external training methods
Dance

Dead forms
Dynamic
Easy tai chi?
Emotional content
Empty the centre
Energy and tai chi
The essence of the art
Expert
External to internal
Exuberant play

FAQs
Fa jing
Finding a tai chi class
Fluid
Footwork
Force

Frame
Games
A gentle approach
Grades
History
Home training
How?
Intention
Jing (internal/whole-body power)
John Lash quotes
Jutsu & do
Key points
Knowledge base
Kung fu
Kung fu fitness
Latent movements
Learning tai chi
A life less ordinary
A living art
Lineage
Listening
Martial arts fitness
Martial concepts
Martial sets
Martial theory
Mastery
Melee

Minimalist
Mirroring
Monkey
Nervous system
Neutral state
Nimble
Over 50
Paradigm shift
Partner work
Power
Powers & principles
Practical yielding
Pushing hands
Quan (fist/combat/martial art)
Range & reach
Reacting
Sensitivity
Shen
Sifu
Simplicity
Small circle
Soft option
Spontaneity
Stealth
Stick power
Sticky
Strategic stepping
Sword
Sung
Tai chi charlatans
Tai chi class or school?
Tai chi without forms?
Taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist)
Taijiquan as a supplement
Taijiquan combat
Taijiquan fighting method
Taijiquan grades
Taijiquan & piano lessons
Taijiquan principles
Taijiquan syllabus
Travelling
Types of tai chi
Understanding softness
Understanding weapons
Unite upper & lower
The way of the animal
Weak
Weapons
Whole-body?
Why learn taijiquan?
Yang Cheng Fu's 10 essentials
Yang style
Yielding
Yielding basic skills




Form

8 stages of form
A copy or a way?
Form (whole-body movement)
Form applications
Form is movement
Form pattern
Form without function
Free the movement
New forms
Shape
Similarities & differences

Slow
Square form
Understanding form
Vulgarity



Combat

Alerting the nervous system
Anticipation
Blocks
Bracing
Chin na (seizing)
Chin na applications
Chin na basics
Chinese martial arts
Combat

Countering (intro)
Cross-training martial arts
Female martial artist
Fighting
Fighting on TV
Finishing off
Fit for combat
Flowing chin na
Folding
Gaps & deficiencies
Grappling
Holds
Impact

Incapacitation
Invisibility
Learning an internal martial art
Macho
Martial art
Martial expectations
Multiple opponents
Neijiaquan (internal martial arts)
Nerve
Neutralise
Newton's laws
Penetrating defences
Reasonable force

Redundancy
Relative positioning
Shuai jiao (take downs)
Shuai jiao applications
Shuai jiao skills
Silk arms
Skills
Small san sau
Take the space
Technical skills
Technique-based mentality
Understanding fighting
Unnatural naturalness
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?

Women's self defence



Neigong

Alignment
Biomechanics
Connection
Ergonomics
Groundpath
Hidden strength
Innate
Internal strength
The internal way of moving
Natural power

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

Power management
Reeling silk
Stance
Strength
Strong or tense?
Structure




Qigong

Qi
Qi gong/qigong/chi kung
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



The old ways

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

Heightened level of awareness
The journey
The lost art?
Magic
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
Imperfect
Natural order
Practical Taoism
Real human
The Science of the Essence
The Science of the Essence in popular culture
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

Rustic
Wabi sabi
Zen
Zen koan
Zen mind
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
Exercise opportunities
Exertion
Fitness level
Full strength
Gait
Health or fitness?
Keep fit
Lower body strength
Massage
Mobility
Motor skills
Muscle
Neuroplasticity
No pain, no gain
Over-taxing the body
Physical education
Poise
Rejuvenation
Running
Shoulders
Sport
Stretching
Tai chi for fitness
Tai chi for fitness syllabus
Tai chi is not sport
Tension
Understanding muscles
Use it or lose it
Vitality
Yoga
Youthful



Meditation

Attachment
Attention
Belief
Breathing
Choice
Clarity

Composure
Concentration
Conflict
Consciousness
Constructive rest
Contemplation
Detachment
Emotional authenticity
Emotional awareness
Empathy
The Emperor's New Clothes
Engage
Hearing or listening?
Inspirational quotes
Krishnamurti
Krishnamurti's descriptions

Life... it made sense at the time
Lost places
Meditation
Mind power
Mindful
Mirror
Mushin
Not knowing
The Outward Show
Perception
Presence
Reality
Seeing & looking
Self-awareness
Silence
Stillness
Tranquillity
Truth
Vulnerability
Words



Living

90%
Abstraction
Animals
Art & culture
Arthritis
Behaviour
Books (shortlist)

Cherry blossom
Familiarity
Fatigue
Friendship
The future
Home life
Hope

Hurry
Keeping warm
Lazy
Learned helplessness
Life coach
Listen to your body
Living
Longevity
Luck
Making space
Moderation
Organising yourself
Politics
Procrastination
Quality of life
A quiet life
Reality
Retire
Security
Sleep
Time
Toys
TV
Value

Work in progress
Worrying



Health

Alzheimer's disease
Anti-aging
Arms
Back problems
Bags
Benefits

Biological organism
Brain health
Calm
Circulation
Detox
Diet
Dietary education
Energy as fuel
Energy (kinetic)
Energy levels
Energy (trapped)

Fat loss
Feet
Hands
Healthy living
Hip & groin
Imperfect health
Joint health
Knees
Legs
Medical problems
Memory
Migraine
Panacea
Pelvis
Preventative healthcare
Quick fix
Relaxation
Rest
Skin care
Tai chi as a tonic
Tai chi for health
Tai chi for health syllabus
Tea
Therapy?
Vegetarian
Wellbeing
Zero sugar diet



Attitude

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

Humility
Humour
Just do it
Manners
Over-analysing...
Over-confidence
Open your mind
Paper tiger
Passive aggressive
Patience
Respect
Responsibility
Sincerity
Standing in your own way
Strong mental attitude
Whole-hearted
You make it happen



Learning

About us
Active learning
Adult learning
Advice
Ambiguity
Ancient stories
The basics
A beginner forever...
Beyond logic
Brain work (meditation, awareness, metacognition)
Classes
Comfort zone
Context
Corrections
Cost
Creativity
Deterioration
Differentiation
Direct transmission
Drilling
Ease
The exchange
Exoticism
Exponential development
Forgotten how to learn?
General knowledge
Habits
I Ching
I Ching quotes
Indoor student
Induction course
Inner school
Inner teachings
Insights
Intelligence
Introduction
Joining
Knowledge
Knowledge & wisdom
Learner driver
Making mistakes
Meaning
Means and ends

Mental representation

Metacognition
New...
Opinion
Pay-as-you-go
Practice
Prices
Private lessons
Proof
Questions
Recommended reading
Refinement
Reviews
Scientist
Self-differentiating
Self-help
Self-reliance
Simplistic
Skill level
Solutions
Speculation
Steal my art
Syllabus
Tailored learning
Tradition
Understanding
Understanding the training
Unlearn
Verbal understanding
Watching video clips
Why bother reading?



Teaching

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

Teacher training course
Teaching assistants

Teaching levels
Teaching tai chi
Trainee teachers


Page created 13 January 1995
Last updated 25 April 2019