I am so glad to have found such a fantastic club to learn and train in tai chi. Both the teachers, Sifu Waller and Rachel, not only possess significant martial skills and knowledge regarding tai chi, but are also very patient with beginners like myself. I like the fact that in this club, tai chi is taught in a structured method ensuring beginners develop a solid foundation as they progress further. I like that even though there may be a lot of students training, the teachers have time to see how one’s own practice is developing and have time to make suggestions, give explanations, correct any bad practice and give encouragement. I like the fact that the club caters for students of all abilities with beginners like myself to highly experienced individuals who also help beginners.
I would recommend this club to any one interested in tai chi not only as a martial art but also for its health benefits. It is really a superb club.



I feel fortunate to have found the Newcastle Tai Chi School. Its membership is diverse in age, background and experience. Students are friendly and respectful, and the teachers, positive and supportive. This safe learning environment - testimony to Sifu Waller’s authentic leadership – offers generous access to truly uncommon knowledge.

I study Qigong with Rachel whose teaching of form is comprehensive with elegant explanations and adjustments. Recently, as a beginner Taijiquan student, I have also experienced Sifu’s incisive teaching. Sifu is an engaging teacher who openly imparts his hard-earned knowledge through deft demonstrations and lucid instruction.

The classes are excellent value for money and time well-spent. In my short time at the school, I’ve noticed improvements in my physical ability and mental awareness. I’m learning how to use my body optimally and as a result, glimpsing the vastness of its capabilities.



Isn't tai chi just slow motion exercise?

No. Some of the training methods are slow, and some are not. As the student gains greater skill, their movements become fluid and dynamic. They move at whatever speed the situation demands.

Slow motion movement, chilled out exercise or dance cannot be considered tai chi. Tai chi is more than this. It adheres to certain parameters, guidelines and rules of practice.


Sustainable exercise

In the longevity book The Blue Zones, Dr Robert Kane emphasised the fact that many forms of exercise, especially sport, have adverse side effects that impede long-term practice. 
By contrast, as a milder form of exercise, tai chi can be practiced throughout your entire lifespan, making it a safer, sustainable choice.