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A school

Newcastle Tai Chi is a school, not a drop-in class. Our students attend most weeks throughout the year and take advantage of a variety of training opportunities.


Lessons for members start at 7:00 PM.

2 classes

We offer 2 classes. One is taught by Rachel the other is taught by Sifu Waller.

Rachel's tai chi classes

Everyone starts out training with Rachel:

  1. Induction course

  2. Qigong & tai chi

  3. Tai chi in the park (optional)

  4. Fitness (optional)

Students may train at whatever level they are capable of doing. Our program is entirely self-differentiating. Qigong & tai chi is the default curriculum in our school.

Sifu Waller's kung fu classes

Students who qualify for
martial arts practice train:

  1. Old/classical Yang style tai chi chuan (dynamic balancing boxing)

  2. Chin na (seizing)

  3. Shuai jiao (take downs)

  4. Neigong (whole-body strength)

  5. Jing (whole-body power)

  6. Weapons

  7. Self defence

  8. Workshops

  9. Fitness

  10. Tai chi in the park (optional)


Members of our school have access to training opportunities, knowledge, skills and resources that are not widely available at other tai chi schools.
We explore an advanced version of the old/classical Yang style tai chi.

Benefits of membership

Opportunity to purchase school DVDs
Address individual health concerns & training requirements
Tips & pointers, refinement & corrections
 One-to-one assessment/feedback/guidance available
New material every week
Access extra web pages via the school database 
 Workshops, boot camp and class social events
 All the famous health benefits of tai chi
Fully-differentiated teaching 
13 areas of study
Complete biomechanical understanding of form
Exploration and application of The Tai Chi Classics
 A wide variety of qigong exercises
Taoism & Zen
Brain work
(meditation, awareness, metacognition)
Cheaper private lessons
Option of joining Rachel's Tea Appreciation Club

Do you only teach on a Monday night?

No. We teach throughout the week. Monday night is simply our main public class.
Most of our sessions are private lessons. Sifu Waller offers workshops for school members every Wednesday night.
We teach indoor students on a Saturday morning. Sunday morning is tai chi in the park. We also offer boot camps. These take place several times a year. 

I learned more from Sifu Waller in 6 months than I did in almost 2 years with my previous school.



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Page created 8 May 1996
Last updated 23 October 2023