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Membership

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


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
uestionnaire

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.
 

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)

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.


Gym

Some people like going to the gym and expect to be able to train taijiquan alongside the gym.
This will not work.


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
mind.
Insurance regulations prohibit a student from training material that is unsuitable for their fitness/ability level.


Worth reading

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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 27 March 2017