Terms of membership
Written by Rachel

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Our membership is simple. We have kept things as plain as possible:

there is no joining fee or grading fee
a single fee is paid by monthly instalments of 40 by standing order
the 40 fee is just for Monday night tuition
all other training opportunities are extras
there are no lessons on Bank Holidays
if you go on holiday, are off sick or can't make class for whatever reason, we won't give a refund or transfer your booking

Rachel's class

Rachel's 'Newcastle Tai Chi' class is the default for the school. It teaches qigong and tai chi.

What is required of school members?

The terms are quite clear:

  1. Pay membership fee by standing order on the 1st of the month

  2. Students pay fees regardless of attendance

  3. We do not offer refunds

  4. Fees are not transferable*

  5. Everyone must adhere to the Code of Conduct

  6. Students must wear the required uniform

  7. People who want to learn tai chi must meet insurance policy requirement criteria


The membership terms exist to keep the school up and running. We expect all school members to abide by the terms.

As you like it...

If you don't want to pay monthly fees by standing order and desire pay-as-you-go (or object to any of our policies), this is fine. You'll need to look for a different class...


The standing order covers Monday night tuition only. It cannot be used towards workshops, the purchase of DVDs or private lessons.
If you fail to attend a Monday session, the fee cannot be transferred.

Payment policy

If you want to attend a class, workshop or private lesson, please pay up-front in cash in class or on-line.
We do not offer refunds. If you cancel or do not attend, your place is forfeit. Your booking cannot be transferred to another date.
Once a booking has been confirmed, please transfer payment within 24 hours.

Bank Holiday Monday

Newcastle Tai Chi is always closed on Bank Holiday Monday. Bank Holiday Monday fees cannot be transferred to another night or event.
If students don't like this policy, ask yourself: should we charge you extra when it's a 5-week month?

Refunds & cancellation

Our membership policy is akin to a gym membership. We request 7 days notice if you are planning to
quit. That way the student has the time to cancel their standing order in advance.
Should the standing order be inadvertently sent after notice has been given, we will immediately refund the amount.
If you fail to give notice, don't attend classes or decide to cancel after the first of the month we will not refund the monthly fee.

Sifu Waller
's class

Sifu Waller's class within Newcastle Tai Chi is called 'Dynamic Balancing Boxing' (which means 'tai chi chuan'). Membership is subject to qualifying criteria.

Working with Sifu Waller

Tai chi chuan students who work directly with Sifu Waller pay 50 a month instalments by standing order, rather than 40.


Please do not ask for special treatment. We will treat all students equally and refuse to make exceptions

Health problems

Should any new problems develop (which might affect your ability to do tai chi), please let us know at once.

Change of circumstance

If your circumstances change, please let us know by e-amil. e.g. change of address, new mobile number, different next of kin.
If it directly affects your ability to train/attend lessons e.g. an injury, then please summarise (by e-mail if possible).


People sometimes quit and then want to re-join the school at a later date. This is fine providing you left on good terms.

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Page created 8 April 1995
Last updated 16 July 2020