Frequently asked questions

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Common questions

People send
e-mails with a variety of questions.
This is a sample:

  1. What kind of tai chi do you teach?

  2. Who can study tai chi?

  3. Why are your classes more expensive than the guy down the street?

  4. Do you allow spectators?

  5. Do you offer discounts?

  6. Do you only teach on a Monday night?

  7. Can you offer medical guidance?


Most students ask too many questions too soon. An inquisitive mind is not wrong, but too much questioning often signifies that the student failed to practice enough or didn't take time to analyse and investigate the problem on his own.

(Adam Hsu)

What kind of tai chi do you teach?

We offer 3 Yang style approaches:

  1. Taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist)
    - a Chinese martial art

    - Sifu Waller teaches this

  2. Tai chi for fitness
    - for fitness & wellbeing
    - Rachel teaches this

  3. Tai chi for health
    - for wellbeing

    - Rachel teaches this

Please note that our classes are not tailored for the elderly or for medical treatment.

Who can study tai chi?

(i) Tai chi for health

Qigong & tai chi for health can be practiced by anyone who can perform the movements. The exercises are low impact and do not strain the body. Fitness and age are not so important.

(ii) Tai chi for fitness

Tai chi for fitness requires the student to be adept at tai chi for health and fit enough to be improving their whole-body strength, flexibility, coordination, cardiovascular fitness and core strength.
The somewhat more challenging level of exercise is not suitable for everyone.

(iii) Taijiquan

Taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist) is not suitable for everyone. If you fancy discovering kung fu you need to be realistic in terms of expectations. We reserve the right to decline tuition:

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

Why are your classes more expensive than the guy down the street?

Print off these pages:

  1. Authenticity

  2. Chang treatise

  3. The essence of the Art

  4. Fit to teach?

  5. Teaching tai chi

  6. Wang treatise

  7. Wu treatise 

Take the sheets to another class and ask the instructor to explain and illustrate/demonstrate each facet to you. This will answer your question.

Do you allow spectators?

Being a spectator is problematic:

On what basis is the new starter assessing the tai chi?
How are they measuring the skill?
What criteria is being applied?
Which qualities do they consider to be valuable? And why?

Most people are motivated by self-gratification or by values/standards that they personally consider relevant and meaningful.

Watching a tai chi class is pointless. This is not TV. Participate, study, learn. Deep your understanding. Gain some context. A spectator in a tai chi class is a time waster.

Do you offer discounts?

The induction course is cheaper than regular lessons.
School members get a major discount on private lessons.

Do you only teach on a Monday night?

We teach throughout the week:

(i) Private tuition

Most of our classes are private lessons.

(ii) Workshops

We offer workshops for school members most weeks.

(iii) Boot camp

Boot camp takes place several times a year.

Can you offer medical guidance?

We are not medical professionals. We cannot ethically claim expertise in medical matters. Nor can we commit one-to-one time within a lesson for individual medical guidance.


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Page created 26 August 1997
Last updated 07 November 2018