Shibashi Instructor Course

Next scheduled course – Spring 2023

The Spring 2022 course is fully booked and we have opened the next Shibashi Instructor course for bookings. This, live streamed course, will commence on 27th February 2023 and provisional dates are listed below.

Edit: 2022.05.01 – Only four spaces left on this course.

Class size: –

Shibashi Instructor course - 2017
  • Des only teaches small groups ensuring that the tuition can be tailored for the group.
  • This means that numbers are limited.
  • These courses are usually fully booked months in advance.
  • Not everyone does this course in order to become a teacher. Many people enrol on this course in order to understand Qigong at a more profound level. By doing so they experience the Shibashi as true Qigong.

The layout is:-

  • Fifteen two-hour lessons (via Zoom) on Monday evenings from 19:00 till 21:00 (London). Commencing on February 27th 2023.
  • The lessons will be recorded and students will have access to these on the San Bao School website.
  • Course notes will be provided electronically.
  • The, practical, assessment will be online with lessons 13, 14 & 15 making up the assessment.


2023 Dates: –

  • February 27th
  • March 6th, 13th & 20th (N.B. there will not be a lesson on the 27th)
  • April 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th
  • May 1st, 8th,15th & 29th (N.B. there will not be a lesson on the 23rd)
  • June 5th, 12th & 19th

Participant requirements: –

  • Access to broadband that is capable of streaming video.
  • A webcam and microphone, where the camera can see the entire body from top to toe.
  • Enough space to do the exercises.

The Taiji Qigong Shibashi Instructor course provides a profound, experiential, knowledge of the Shibashi as well as all the tools and information needed to teach these exercises as true Qigong. Most qigong taught today is no more than mimicry of physical movements. Let’s face it, anyone can mimic the movements of these exercises and then pass it off as the real thing. It is the Internal work that makes it Qigong, Neigong, Dao Yin, or whatever other name is used for working with the Qi.

You do not need to be, or want to be, a teacher to enrol on this course. About 50% of the people who have enrolled did so in order to deepen their understanding of Qi and Qigong.

As most of the “qigong” being taught now is no more than physical movement it increasingly difficult to find genuine tuition. This spread of purely physical qigong has prompted many masters to stop using the term and revert to the older names of Dao Yin and Neigong. What you call these methods is of little importance as long as you are truly working with Qi. That’s what we do……………

There is guidance in the name. The Eighteen Posture Taiji Qigong, also referred to as the Shibashi, is a set of Qigong exercises that utilise Taiji stances and movements. To practice correctly you must follow the rules that govern them. These stances are fundamentally important if the practitioner wishes to get the most out of the Qigong.

Since this set of exercises was introduced, in the early 1980’s, in many cases the adherence to the Taiji fundamentals has been lost and their true use as Qigong has been diluted to being no more than slow aerobics. This has led to the depletion of the true beneficial qualities of these exercises. The Yi guides the Qi through focus (Jing) and it is only when this happens that “slow aerobics” become Qigong.

If there was no need for the focus and the listening then every exercise, no matter how it is done, could claim to be a Qigong exercise.

A Completion Certificate, from San Bao School, will be awarded to participants who successfully complete the course.

The Shibashi Qigong Instructor course is suitable for anyone who wishes to learn the Internal workings of these exercises. For those who intend to teach, it is beneficial if you have already gained experience in working with Qi, including: –

Shibashi Instructor course - 2019
  • Taiji teachers/practitioners
  • Qigong teachers/practitioners
  • Reiki teachers/practitioners
  • Shiatsu teachers/practitioners
  • All Energy Work practitioners

Next Shibashi Instructor course: –

Spring 2023 dates: Commences 27th February 2023
Times: 19:00 – 21:00 (London)
Location: Online
Cost: £620.00
A deposit of £130.00 is required, with the balance to be paid on or before 31/01/2023.
Bookings made before 31/12/2022 get free access to our online Shibashi Course.
Bookings made after 31/01/2023 must be paid in full.
Advanced booking is essential.
Guidelines: Can be viewed here
Terms & Conditions: Can be viewed here

Please fill out our course application form prior to booking the Shibashi Instructor course as this helps us understand your qigong experience prior to the commencement of the course.  On completion, you will be forwarded to our booking page.

Feedback from previous Shibashi Instructor Course

Shibashi Instructor course - 2017
  • Did the workshop meet your expectations? – 100% Yes.
  • Did the workshop cover the syllabus? – 100% Yes.
  • Were the methods taught useful? – 100% Yes.
  • Would you recommend this workshop? – 100% Yes.

Did you discover any new insights regarding Qigong?

  • “I have found that the information from the course is going to enhance my therapies from the perspective of movement of energy. Also, although it is a massive subject I realised that it is accessible to all, thanks to Des. It makes me eager to find out more. “
  • “Yes, very interesting working with energy movement rather than physical movement.”
  • “My own energy.”
  • “Yes. The reasoning, the stance.”
  • “Importance of the stance.”
  • “Yes. Internal exercises. Linking the exercises.”
  • “I discovered that qigong was more powerful than I had ever imagined.”
  • “……………… just wanted to thank you for a wonderful weekend.  It was brilliant, I really enjoyed it.  I gained much more than I expected to.  Thanks for opening my eyes.”
  • “I would like to say a massive thank you to Des for passing on his great depth of knowledge in a very accessible way. The videos available to students have been a great bonus and the amount of information on the site reflects Des’ experience. I feel honoured to have had an introduction to such an extensive discipline from someone with such a great reputation all done in a very generous but humble way. “
  • “Really interesting weekend – it has inspired me to continue on my path for which I thank you so much.”
  • “I am so glad that I made the decision to attend a truly inspirational workshop and to have benefited from an introduction to the amazing powers of QiGong. I am aware that we only experienced an ‘insight’ but even so I consider that I am now in a better position to pass on quality teaching to my students, and having been an FE Lecturer for many years, I believe delivering quality is of paramount importance.
    I also thank you (and your wife) for your hospitality in providing delicious lunches and snacks – greatly appreciated!”
  • “I liked Des’ style of teaching, very relaxed but with a huge knowledge base which he was prepared to share with us.”
  • “Attending this Workshop was a very motivational experience; an exercise of discovery providing a brief insight into the amazing power of QiGong. I would recommend this inspirational workshop to all who have an interest in QiGong”
  • “Thanks des. Really exceeded expectations. Will take time to assimilate the information properly before introducing to my classes.”
  • “Just thought I should send you a wee message to let you know how much doing the Qigong instructors course has helped me personally. I had just started 4th year at Uni when I came on the course. Uni has been horrendous and a few times it has been bad enough to make me consider leaving but doing Qigong has been a life saver. It has got me through some very tough times.
  • Big thank you to you for teaching me this beautiful art. Qigong had definitely came into my life at the right time.”
  • “An excellent weekend and I learned so much more about myself that can be brought into my classes, I now feel more confident that I can deliver qigong more effectively to my students and also enjoy the benefits for myself, thank you so much.”
  • “Learning about Chi and feeling the Chi was an experience.”
  • “Really enjoyed the course, very interesting. Taught at a good pace to let all the info sink in, good to have the notes away to refer back to, and the website for continues support.
    Thanks Des.”
  • “Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.”
  • “Thank you Des. Really enjoyed the workshop and your style of teaching the group.”
  • “Excellent instructor, easily understood, good analysis, some helpful tips and suggestions. Thank you.”
  • “Really interesting course. Made me want to learn more about he background and how move have different effects on the various parts of the body.”
  • “Felt better about the postures and learning to be aware about the postures.”
  • “This has been a truly wonderful course.”
  • “A brilliant training course.”
  • “Looking forward to seeing you and doing the course in November, one of my colleagues in BHQA was with you earlier this year and recommended it to me, to quote her words ‘it was superb’….”