Rachel
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Indoor student

Rachel is an indoor student, studying directly with Sifu Waller.


Instructor


The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain gave Rachel an 'instructor' qualification in 2014. She is qualified to teach tai chi for health, qigong and taijiquan beginners.


Taijiquan

Rachel has completed all non-martial material right up to black belt level.
She cannot commence black belt until the Government regulations change and contact training is permitted. At that stage, Rachel will need to pass all outstanding martial topics.


Baguazhang

Rachel is working through the baguazhang black belt (1st dan) syllabus.


Tea Club

Rachel is the founder of the Tea Club.
 

As they dragged him away, Rorschach spoke to the other inmates.

He said, "None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with me."

 (Watchmen)
 


Taijiquan syllabus


White

Qigong

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette


Yellow

The ball game
Monkey paws
Partner work
Psoas exercises
Pushing legs
Single pushing hands


Challenge – full circle qigong (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – standing qigong (4 postures) (20 minutes x 4 weeks)
Challenge - yielding exercise challenge (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #3 - Q & A
Assignment #4 - Attitude & etiquette


Orange

Long Yang form (section 1) (regular)
Constructive rest
Fear of falling
Horse stance
How to escape from a hold
How to punch
Knife drills
Leg stretches (2 sets)
Partner work mistakes
Playing the attacker
- commitment
- range & reach
Punching rehab
Shuai jiao applications (set 1)
Yielding basic skills


Challenge - form challenge (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - knife drilling (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - yielding basic skills challenge (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - A & E
Assignment #3 - The Sword Polisher's Record


Green

Long Yang form (section 2) (regular)
Bracing
Cardio work (2 sets)
Cat-stepping
Chin na applications (set 1)

Floor work
- basics
- back-to-back
Hitting a focus mitt

Horse stance qigong
How to slip a hold
Loose striking
Penetrating defences (intro)

Standing post with arms

Challenge - chin na applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 2) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - horse stance qigong (5 mins x 12 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Cat stepping
Assignment #2 - There Are No Secrets


Blue

Long Yang form (section 3) (regular)
4 directions with a partner (no contact)
70/30 stance
Countering
- 3 B's: blocking, blending & balance
- 4 stages
- fence
- X-shape
Monkey paws (5 hands)
Shuai jiao applications (set 2)
Silk arms

Qigong development
Tao yin/Taoist Yoga (3 sets)

Challenge - form challenge (section 3) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - qigong development (40 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – silk arms (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Martial concepts theory
Assignment #2 - The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan - The Literary Tradition


Purple

Long Yang form (revision & corrections)
Chin na applications (set 2)
Floor work
- kicks
- tackling

Martial concepts & qigong
Penetrating defences
Silk arms #1
Square on the inside, round on the outside
Stick drills (3 sets)

Stretches & joint work
Yielding exercise - finishing off

Challenge - chin na applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - penetrating defences (30 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge - stick drills (30 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge - yielding exercise - finishing off (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment - The Art of War


Brown

Long Yang form (mirrored)
3-D
Biomechanical advantage
Central equilibrium
- fixed feet
Chair game
Chin na applications (set 3)
Core strength (3 sets)
Crescent moon
High circle qigong

Immovable elbow
Kicking game
- evasive body focus
- sustained & varied kicking

Martial sets: a precursor to form application
Massage
Monkey paws (stepping)
Moving qigong (complete set)
Qigong on one leg
Qigong revision
San sau
Slam ball challenge
Strategic stepping
Striking pads
- focus mitt, squashy pad, round pad
Yielding exercise
- take to the ground


Challenge - chin na applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – san sau (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment #1 - The Book of Five Rings
Assignment #2 - The Way of Chuang Tzu   


Black (1st dan)

Sabre form (regular & mirrored)
2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored)
3-tier wallbag

5 bows
5 bows exercise
5 elements
6 balanced pairs
60/40 stance
Anti-sparring
Being hit
Biomechanics (qigong)
Breath meditation
Chops
Combat stance
Countering punches, kicks & grapples
Countering/pushing peng
Cultivating peng
Da lu
Double pushing hands
Dying ground
Everybody falls
Fa li
Floor work
- control
- expedience
Form applications (section 1)
Gravity striking
Keeping the pressure on when attacking
Long Yang form (lines of force version)
Loose striking
The power/function of 'li'
Pushing peng exercise
Pushing peng (partnered)
Pushing peng (striking)
Qigong revision
Silk arms (peng)
San sau (peng)
Speed striking
Sustaining peng throughout your counter
Sword drills
Tactics used by other arts
Using 3-D to gain optimal power


Challenge - 2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - da lu (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - double pushing hands (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - floor work endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - lines of force form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - sabre form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - section 1 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - san sau (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - sword drills (30 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment - Moving Zen
Assignment - The New Lao Tzu
Assignment - Zen in the Art of Archery


Black (2nd dan)

Walking stick form (regular & mirrored)
4 ounces exercise
5 animals
5 centres
5 elements stepping
8 powers striking
13 postures
Chin na applications
Crude fa jing
Cultivating sung
Elbow
Finishing-off
Floor work
- chin na
- dying ground
Folding
Form applications (section 2)
Freeform triangle
Groundpath
Holding down the pillow
Kicking
Meditation on body sensations
Meditation on emotions
Moving with kwa
Neigong (1-10)
Neigong (extras)
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Punching from the centre
Pushing hands development
Reverse breathing
San sau (variations)
Shuai jiao applications
Silk arms (
variations)
Small stick drills
Small stick flexibility drills
Spiral body
Yin

Challenge - chin na applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - s
an sau (variations) (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - section 2 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (variations) (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - small stick drills (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - walking stick form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment - 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
Assignment - 36 Strategies
Assignment - Commentaries on Living volume 2


Black (3rd dan)

Jian form (regular & mirrored)
Biomechanics (chin na)
Biomechanics (drills)
Biomechanics (form)
Biomechanics (shuai jiao)
Countering a knife
Escapes/knife
Floor work
- multiple opponents
- tactics

Form applications (section 3)
Improvised weaponry/knife
Jing
Long & short jing
Long Yang form (round version)
Melee:
– yielding/shuai jiao
– yielding/chin na
– yielding/countering
Neigong (11-20)
Obvious power (ming jing)
San da stage 1: freeform application
San sau (jing)
Silk arms (jing)
Yielding/chin na

Yielding/countering
Yielding/knife
Yielding/shuai jiao


Challenge - 10 minute freeform application endurance challenge
Challenge - improvised weaponry (5 minutes)
Challenge - jian form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - round form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - san sau (jing) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - section 3 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - sections 1, 2 & 3 form applications (120 mins x 48 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (jing) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - yielding/chin na endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - yielding/countering endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - yielding/shuai jiao endurance (10 mins)

Assignment #1 - Peak
Assignment #2 - Tao of Being
Assignment #3 - The Little Zen Companion


Baguazhang syllabus


Blue

6 direction changes
8 mother palms
9 palaces
Body overturning drill
Circle walking
Crane stepping
The crouch
Figure of 8
The gaze
Lion stepping
Partnered circle walking

Challenge – 6 direction changes drilling (20 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge – 8 mother palms drilling (20 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge – 9 palaces drilling (20 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge – circle walking drilling (60 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge – figure of 8 drilling (60 mins x 6 weeks)

Worth reading:

• Chinese Boxing by Robert Smith


Purple

8 directions stepping
16 elbows
60/40 stance

Drilling (spiralling forward)
Kicking exercise
Mud stepping
Pressing (splitting)
Rolling (circular coiling)
Plate exercise (baguazhang version)
Toe in, toe out
Wrapping (embrace)
Yielding/chin na
Yielding/shuai jiao

Challenge – 8 directions stepping (120 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge – 60/40 stance circle walking drilling (120 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge – 60/40 stance figure of 8 drilling (120 mins x 6 weeks)

Challenge – yielding/chin na drilling (5 minutes)
Challenge – yielding/shuai jiao drilling (5 minutes)

Worth reading:

• Bagua Linked Palms by Wang Shujin


Brown

Single palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Double palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Striking palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Piercing palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Flicking palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Body overturning palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Shaking body palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Turning body palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)

Challenge – body overturning palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – double palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – flicking palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – piercing palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks) 
Challenge – shaking body palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks) 
Challenge – single palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – striking palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – turning body palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)

Challenge – self defence relay (against all baguazhang students)

Fitness requirement:

• Cardio work (2 sets)
• Core strength (3 sets)
• Leg stretches (2 sets)
• Psoas exercises
• Taoist yoga (3 sets)


Worth reading:

• The Power of Internal Martial Arts by Bruce Frantzis


Black (1st dan)

3-D
5 animals
Balance, rhythm, timing
Becoming the centre
Chin na applications (misplacing the bones)
Countering punches, kicks and grapples
Dying ground
Elbow
Entry methods
Escape from a hold
Everybody falls
First hand/second hand
Folding
Kicking
Monkey
Monkey paws
Mutual arising
Shuai jiao applications
The way of the bear
The way of the bird
The way of the monkey
The way of the snake
The way of the tiger
Yielding/countering

Challenge – 5 animals palm change drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – chin na applications (30 minutes x 12 weeks)
Challenge – countering punches, kicks and grapples (30 minutes x 12 weeks)
Challenge – escapes relay (5 minutes)
Challenge – form drilling (monkey)  (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – monkey paws (30 minutes x 12 weeks)
Challenge – shuai jiao applications (30 minutes x 12 weeks)
Challenge – yielding/countering drilling (5 minutes)

Worth reading:

• Effortless Combat Throws by Tim Cartmell


Greyed out items meet the required standard of skill.


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Last updated 04 September 2020