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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. The old ways

  7. The Tao/Dao

  8. Zen

  9. Fitness

  10. Meditation

  11. Living

  12. Health

  13. Qigong

  14. Attitude

  15. Learning

  16. Teaching
     

Taijiquan

3-D
4 ounces
5 animals
8 active ingredients

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

Advanced martial art
Authenticity
The beauty of tai chi
Beginner
A beginner forever...
Belts
Bruce Frantzis
Cat
Central equilibrium
Centre
Chang treatise
Common misconceptions
Confusing internal & external training methods
Dance

Dynamic
Ease
Easy tai chi?
Emotional content
Energy and tai chi
The essence of the Art
Expert
External to internal
Exuberant play

FAQs
Fa jing
Finding a tai chi class
Fluid
Force

Games
Gaps & deficiencies

A gentle approach
Grades
Groundpath
History
Home training
How?
Intention
Internal/external ratio
Jing (internal/whole-body power)
Jutsu & do
John Lash quotes
Key points
Knowledge base
Kung fu
Kung fu fitness
Learning tai chi
A life less ordinary
A living art
Lineage
Listening
Martial arts fitness
Martial routine
Martial theory
Mastery
Mirroring
Monkey
Nervous system
Nimble
Over 50
Partner work
Power
Practical yielding
Pushing hands
Range & reach
Scientist
Sensitivity
Shen
Sifu
Simplicity
Small circle
Soft option
Spontaneity
Sticky
Sword
Sung
Tai chi class or school?
Tai chi is not sport
Taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist)
Taijiquan as a supplement
Taijiquan fighting method
Taijiquan grades
Taijiquan & piano lessons
Taijiquan principles
Taijiquan syllabus by grade

Taijiquan syllabus (summary)
Types of tai chi
Wang treatise
Weak
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?
Dead forms
Form (whole-body movement)
Form applications
Form is movement
Form pattern
Form without function

Free the movement
Similarities & differences

Slow
Square form
Tai chi without forms?
Understanding form



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
Internecine
Kung fu suit
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

Understanding fighting
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

Whole-body?



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
The seeker
Steal my art
Stealth
Using the mind instead of force
Warrior/sage
Wisdom
Wonder



The Tao/dao

Embodied Taoism
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

Imperfect
Mushin
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
Fit for combat
Fitness level
Full strength
Health or fitness?
Keep fit
Lower body strength
Massage
Mobility
Motor skills
Muscle
No pain, no gain
Over-taxing the body
Physical education
Rachel's routine
Rejuvenation
Running
Shoulders
Sport
Stretching
Tai chi for fitness
Tai chi for fitness syllabus
Tension
Use it or lose it
Vitality
Yoga
Youthful



Meditation

Attachment
Attention
Bear witness
Belief
Breathing
Choice
Clarity

Composure
Concentration
Conflict
Consciousness
Constructive rest
Contemplation

Detachment
Emotional awareness
Empathy
Engage
The exchange
Exponential development
Hearing or listening?
Insights
Inspirational quotes
Krishnamurti
Krishnamurti's descriptions
Meditation
Metacognition
Mind power
Mindful
Mirror
Not knowing
The Outward Show
Perception
Presence
Seeing & looking
Self
Self-awareness
Reality
Silence
Stillness
Tranquillity
Truth
Vulnerability
Words



Living

90%
Animals
Art & culture
Arthritis
Books (shortlist)

The Emperor's New Clothes
Fatigue
Friendship
The future
Growing

Hope
Hurry
Life coach
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
The Science of the Essence in popular culture
Sleep
Solutions
Time
Toys
TV
Value
Work in progress
Worrying



Health

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

Biological organism
Brain health
Calm
Cherry blossom
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
Neuroplasticity
Panacea
Pelvis
Pregnancy
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



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




Attitude

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

Humility
Humour
Jedi Knight
Laziness
Learned helplessness
Macho
Manners
Over-analysing...
Over-confidence
Passive aggressive
Patience
Procrastination
Respect
Responsibility
Security
Self-help
Self-reliance
Sincerity
Standing in your own way
Strong mental attitude
Tai chi charlatans
Vulgarity
Whole-hearted



Learning

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

Habits
Induction course
Inner teachings
Intelligence
Introduction
Joining
Just do it
Knowledge
Knowledge & wisdom
Lazy
Learner driver
Making mistakes
Meaning
Means and ends
Mental representation
New...
Opinion
Pay-as-you-go
Practice
Prices
Private lessons
Proof
Refinement
Questions
Recommended reading
Reviews
Self-differentiating
Simplistic
Skill level
Syllabus
Tailored learning
Tradition
Understanding
Verbal understanding



Teaching

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

Teacher training course
Teaching levels
Teaching tai chi


Page created 13 January 1995
Last updated 29 August 2018