The aim of every beginner is to gain a reasonable grasp of the foundation exercises found in the taijiquan syllabus.
In taijiquan, a student does not start learning how to kick, punch and grapple.
First they learn how to stand and move without using tensed muscles.
They learn how to perceive things differently and recognise the limitations of their current physical habits.
Although beginners are not formally assessed, progress requires regular consultation with Rachel, along with feedback and corrections.
Familiarity with the preliminaries will enable the student to join the intermediate group and start working directly with Master Waller.