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52 years old
46 years martial arts experience
Professionally qualified teacher (Postgraduate Certificate in Education)
The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain advanced-level instructor
Teaching since 1995
Committed 17 years to full-time teaching and practice
Kung fu instructor
Sifu Waller is an experienced kung fu instructor. He has a background in ju jitsu, karate and wing chun, and offers a very pragmatic taijiquan syllabus. His sessions are stimulating, fun and non-macho.
He only teaches martial students and has no interest in 'qi'.
Sifu Waller is not only an
exceptional martial artist, he's also a skilled and very patient teacher.
What does Sifu Waller teach?
Sifu Waller offers a wide variety of skills:
An advanced version of Yang style taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist)
Jiang style baguazhang (8 trigrams palm)
Chin na (seizing)
Shuai jiao (take downs)
Neigong (whole-body strength)
Jing (whole-body power)
Brain work (meditation, awareness, metacognition)
How it all started...
Sifu Waller's interest in martial arts began with the 1972 TV series Kung Fu (starring David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine). He was intrigued by the quiet, contemplative way of life, the polite manners, ancient philosophies... and of course the martial arts. His lessons began in 1975. In 1983 the TV documentary The Way of the Warrior introduced Sifu Waller to taijiquan and baguazhang, inspiring him to seek out instruction with the best instructor in the region.
A lot of practice
In the mid 1970's Sifu Waller started martial arts training; both in class and daily at home. During the 1980's and 1990's Sifu Waller attended up to five different lessons a week, sometimes travelling over 40 miles for tuition. He also attended a considerable number of workshops around the UK.
Martial arts experience
As a boy and a young man, Sifu Waller trained a lot of wing chun, judo and ju jitsu. He became very fond of the grappling arts. He enjoyed learning many different kinds of martial arts before focusing on the advanced version of Yang style taijiquan. His studies included judo, karate, ju jitsu, aikido, iaido, pencat silat, tangsoodo, wing chun, shuai jiao, chin na, pak mei, yiquan, xingyiquan, baguazhang and various styles of taijiquan.
Sifu has an air of quiet,
lethal confidence. A bit like a cat, sitting looking at you calmly and
apparently friendly, but just as likely to attack and do serious
damage....anyone with any sense should pick up on it.
For 20 years Sifu Waller was the lineage student of the renowned teacher Peter Southwood; undertaking his bai shi and tea ceremony in 1990. He had more than 500 private lessons with Peter, along with weekly classes and workshops.
In 1995 Sifu Waller became an instructor in Peter's class. The following year he obtained a post-graduate professional teaching qualification from The University of Leeds. Sifu Waller registered with The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain when he offered his own classes.
What does Sifu mean?
Sifu means instructor/teacher. It is akin to the Japanese title 'sensei' but more informal and friendly.
The practical fighting skills of taijiquan will not work without the requisite principles underpinning the art. Taijiquan is based upon a complex theoretical foundation, and an instructor must have considerable understanding of the background material, anatomy and other martial arts. Sifu Waller holds an honours degree in literature and a post-graduate certificate in education. He is particularly adept at metacognition.
Sifu Waller is married to Rachel.
Body work professional
Sifu Waller also has decades of experience with yoga, Alexander Technique, Pilates, core strength, partnered massage and self-massage. He has trained yoga every day since 1982.
Sifu Wallers skills are immense and it is a privilege to be taught at such a high level.
Sifu Waller is responsible for designing, building and writing the content of this website. He manages all aspects of the site; including hosting, marketing and keeping the material accurate and up-to-date.
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Author: Rachel Waller
Page created 8 May 1996
Last updated 02 September 2021