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What is the point of workshops?
A beginner's class is not an intensive session. Sifu Waller must spread his time and attention across the entire hall. Topics are introduced, explained and practiced. But we could go deeper...
A workshop is an opportunity to look further into the art. To work directly with Sifu Waller. To receive individual corrections. To explore future topics in advance of your grade.
8 workshops a year
In order to gain the necessary level of practice and exposure to relevant material, a taijiquan student training the beginner's or intermediate syllabus must commit to 8 workshops/boot camp/private lessons each calendar year.
Experienced students require 12 workshops/boot camp/private lessons each calendar year. Skilled students attend 16 per year.
It was truly a case of "A day with the master is
worth 10,000 on your own".
It was one of those wordless transmissions that changes everything.
(Scott M Rodell)
Workshop places are sought after - as this is a first rate opportunity to train closely with Sifu Waller. Although, we try to accommodate as many students as we can, we must be practical in terms of space.
7 students is ideal. Any less, and we will not offer the workshop. Any more, and there is not enough room.
You have the opportunity to focus on one subject for 90 minutes. After a brief introduction, you explore a range of drills gradually building towards the complete skill.
Each exercise serves to challenge and extend your knowledge and ability. As the evening progresses, you are called upon to grow, adapt and change as the material broadens in scope and application.
By the end of the session, everyone has gained a sense of the topic being studied.
It is good to try a taster session for more advanced material. The experience will give you a sense of things to come, and the opportunity to see how different skills knit together as the syllabus unfolds.
However, the mainstay of your training must be suitable for your current grade.
Workshops are a chance to try out something new. Many subjects are unique to workshops and will never be taught in the beginner's class.
I think workshops most
definitely provides the best opportunity to develop and enhance a student's
understanding and practice. The format allows the student to work more
closely with Sifu which I feel is invaluable. Personally, I always find all
the workshops very interesting and challenging irrespective of their theme.
For the benefit and opportunity they provide, I think that it would be good for all taijiquan students to attend a set number of workshops per grade and I believe most of them will be happy to do so.
Time & cost
Workshops start at 7:00 PM, last for 90 minutes and cost £10. The topics on offer are typically ones that have yet to be fully addressed in class.
Please note that if you pencil in a workshop or a private lesson, I require payment within a week. Otherwise, the place may be offered to anyone else who wants it.
Smaller workshops are contingent upon interest. If numbers are low, the pricing will be adjusted e.g. if only 3-5 people attend, a workshop is possible but would cost £15 not £10.
Tai chi for health
Workshops are typically targeted at taijiquan students, but some are suitable for tai chi for health students.
Monthly workshops take place at our house.
I try to attend as many workshops as I can because they are always
enjoyable and offer a chance to learn from Sifu Waller in a way not possible
on a Monday night. I have come to see them as essential to compound the more
general skills learned on class nights.
Between 6:45 - 6:55 PM please.
Tea club members may arrive from 6:30 PM onwards in order to have some tea before the workshop.
Providing the nights aren't dark and it isn't raining, students may study the 3-tier wallbag with Sifu Waller @ 6:30 PM. To qualify, you need to have your own wallbag up at home.
Bring your bag gloves to the workshop with you. No time wasters please.
All students wear:
• Cotton crew-neck T-shirt
• Black cotton martial arts trousers
• Socks for men
• Female students wear thin tights
Please note that 'leggings' and T-shirts with pockets are not appropriate attire for workshops.
Please bring bottled water and any weaponry relevant to your grade.
If you cancel or fail to attend, your fee will not be refunded.
Workshop places are not transferable: the fee paid for one workshop cannot be shifted to another.
Request a workshop
If you want us to offer a workshop on a particular subject, then ask. Providing there are 6 students interested, we can proceed with the planning.
Good morning Rachel,
I just wanted to again express my thanks to you for inviting me into your home and to Sifu Waller a truly inspiring workshop. I can say that it was one of the most educational and enjoyable workshops I have ever attended, and I've been doing martial arts since I was 15!
Please pass on my thanks to Sifu Waller for allowing me to attend even though I am ungraded, I really appreciated the opportunity.
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Page created 2 March 2008
Last updated 29 August 2019