Traditionally, mastery was confirmed by the production of some proof of skill.
In terms of tai chi this can be demonstrated in a wide variety of ways.
After a 20 year Master/disciple relationship, Peter Southwood
Waller advanced-level 'Master' status in the Year of the Tiger.
He said that Master Waller should start wearing the red
sash instead of black.
Master Waller began as an apprentice, proceeded through the journeyman
stage, culminating in the production of a masterwork/masterpiece.
Peter Southwood felt that Master Waller qualified as a Tai Chi Master on the basis
of the following accomplishments: