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Please read this feedback from people who have recently joined our school:
I love classes/the school. I feel I belong. Even in
the moments when I have felt clumsy, or have made
mistakes, out of the
vulnerability I have got the impression that
actually itís ok, just being human. People have
been really accepting. The workshops and boot camps too have been very
humbling. Seeing Sifu Wallerís
baguazhang blew my mind.
Sifu Waller is one of these men that you respect as soon as you meet him just by his behaviour. I remember the first time I entered his school I had been in the UK for 2 days, Rachel was very comprehensive and I felt very-well welcomed. Sifu is very invested in his art and knows what he is talking about. Going to this school is one of the most enriching experience I had so far. Many thanks to Rachel and Sifu.
I find the Classes and the School educational, entertaining and an excellent vehicle for creating change in myself. I appreciate the following about them: Relaxed, friendly and good-humoured feel to them along with an attitude of letís get on and practice. All this within a clear structure that encourages attention to task and a sense of safety. Each class I have attended has given me very specific feedback about what I need to do differently. The class is split into either groups of similar ability or individuals working on their own set goals. I like that. There is a clear and detailed syllabus outlining progress through the grades. I have become seriously "hooked" in the best possible way!
I like that there's no macho, aggressive attitude in the class, and that everyone is helpful and respectful of one another. I also like the structure of the class, and the clear syllabus that lets you see how you're progressing.
Sifu Waller and Rachel treat everyone in the class with great politeness and respect.
I'm thoroughly enjoying the training; it is on a completely different level to anything I've done previously.
What I really like about the class is its friendly atmosphere with excellent teaching and a clear syllabus that means everyone makes progress. Itís challenging but accessible. Everything is explained to the level you want and obviously Sifu Waller really demonstrates what is possible in the art. What I find most amazing about the syllabus is how everything is interlocking and interconnected.
We asked new members to offer advice/suggestions for newcomers:
Top tips for new starters:
- Expect to be somewhat confused initially and accept that the confusion will fade as you learn more material and gain a sense of perspective.
- Spend time reading the website. Especially the pages highlighted for beginners.
- Read "Peak" and "Grit" early on and start with the mindset of being in for the long haul.
- Do "deliberate" practice between classes from the beginning
- Buy the "Qigong: follow along with Rachel" DVD.
- Talk to students who are more experienced.
- Bring along your senses of curiosity, humour and wonder, and use them.
My tips for new starters:
Seek your deep inner core that calls you to practice the art.
Dedicate yourself to practice every day.
Aim higher than what you expect you can achieve.
Read the website well and often... select some books from the recommended reading list... let yourself be inspired.
Sometimes you may feel out of your depth, and thatís healthy.
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18 April 2005
Last updated 27 August 2018