Martial eligibility

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To train taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist), weapons training, self defence, chin na, shuai jiao or baguazhang you must be a school member paying by monthly standing order.

Mandatory factors

To ensure personal safety and meet our insurance requirements certain factors must be taken into account:

  1. No medical/health problems *

  2. Age (over 18)

  3. Good attitude & humour

  4. Weekly attendance

  5. Prepared to practice at home between classes

  6. Not studying another martial art

* this includes being notably overweight

If you’re looking for something easy, then kung fu is probably not for you.

(Anna Spysz)

Asking to do martial training

There are 3 steps: an aptitude test, a questionnaire and a physical:

Step 1 - Show aptitude

Martial candidates are given a ticksheet containing all the basic qigong exercises.
Each week they are taught a new exercise.
The following lesson the student will be expected to accurately demonstrate the exercise.
Good progress will lead to martial consideration and step 2.

Step 2 - Liability q

Candidates complete a liability/health questionnaire before being considered for the physical.

Step 3 - The physical

Candidates are offered the chance to undertake 'the physical' - subject to attendance, attitude and performance.
If a student can pass their physical they can start learning taijiquan.

If the answer is No...

Do not be offended if we say "No".
Not everyone is offered martial tuition and not everyone passes the physical.
If you have a notable medical/health problem, we are not allowed to do combat with you.
If you have are just out of shape, we will help with this (but you will have to do the work).

Kung fu

Martial training is entirely different to tai chi for health.
You will be roughed-up in the course of training. There is no way to avoid this.

Cross-training in our school

All martial arts require the student to be fit for combat.
Taijiquan students train: core strength, massage, leg stretches, cardio work (HIIT), yoga, qigong, neigong, form, partnered work, martial sets & drills, combat and weapons.
The training is done carefully, gently - in a controlled manner - without exertion or strain.

Fitness & attitude

We reserve the right to decline martial tuition:

• if we feel that a student is physically unable to study taijiquan safely
• if an individual demonstrates the wrong attitude for taijiquan study

Rachel will always act with the
wellbeing of the student in
Insurance regulations prohibit a student from training material that is unsuitable for their fitness/ability level.

Having never had any martial arts experience I was really interested in starting classes with Newcastle Tai Chi. The classes are so well organised and structured that you feel each week you are making progress and developing. Sifu Waller's level of skill in martial arts is astounding and learning from someone of such advanced knowledge is humbling. The work is challenging but incredibly rewarding and you can supplement the weekly lessons with workshops to really enhance the experience. I am really excited to keep training each week and would recommend the classes to anyone interested in martial arts.

(Amelia House)

Worth reading

• Adult learning
Are you a martial artist?
• Are you strong enough?
• Common misconceptions
• Differentiation
• Learning an internal martial art
• Martial expectations
• Self-differentiating
• Strong mental attitude
• Tailored learning

Page created 2 March 1995
Last updated 12 May 2017