Shibashi Course

Taiji Shibashi Course

The Shibashi course provides a firm grounding in the Taiji Shibashi Qigong system, including how variations in breathing patterns affects the Qi flow and the focus of the Yi (Cognitive Mind).

The Taiji Qigong Shibashi, or the eighteen postures of Taiji Qigong, is a set of Qigong exercises that utilise Taiji stances and adhere to the rules governing them. Although this set was brought together in the 1980′s the individual exercises themselves date back centuries, even millennia.

The purpose of this workshop is to put the Taiji back into the Taiji Shibashi, to put the Qi back into this Qigong set and to put practitioners in touch with their Qi.

The Shibashi Qigong focus on health and well-being, directing and promoting the flow of Qi through the meridians. Although each of them can be practiced individually, or in any variation, the set flows beautifully, from one posture to the next, producing a feeling of inner calmness and wellbeing.

The health benefits from the Shibashi become clear when they are practiced regularly and, in effect, you are being proactive with your health and wellbeing. The Shibashi are easy to learn and can easily be practiced in a restricted space where the Taiji forms would be impossible

The Shibashi are a set of 18 Qigong exercises that focus on health and well-being. Each of them can be practiced individually, or in any variation, but the set is designed so that each exercise blends and flows into the next. The set is as follows: –

  • shibashi courseThe Commencement
  • Broadening the chest
  • Painting rainbows
  • Circling the arms to part the clouds
  • Pushing to the diagonals
  • Rowing the boat
  • Holding the ball in front of the shoulders
  • Turning to gaze at the moon
  • Twisting the waist and pushing the palms
  • Waving hands like clouds
  • Scooping from the sea to look at the sky
  • Playing with waves
  • The flying dove spreads its wings
  • Punching with outstretched arms
  • The flying goose
  • Spinning wheels
  • Bouncing a ball with steps
  • Pressing down in calmness

Shibashi Course – feedback from previous workshops

  • 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.
  • Is there anything you would like to see added to the syllabus? “Perhaps guidelines about how best to practice with a view to building confidence to teach others” *This is included in the Instructor Course.

This course, which can be used towards our certificated Shibashi Instructor course, provides a firm grounding in the Taiji Shibashi Qigong system.

Course syllabus:-

Workshop 1 – Dao-yin exercises, stances and the first 9 Shibashi Qigong exercises.

Workshop 2 – Reprise of Workshop 1 and the remaining 9 Shibashi Qigong exercises.

The Shibashi course instructor, Des Lawton MRSS is a Taiji and Qigong teacher who has been a practicing martial artist for over 35 years, he is a fully qualified Shiatsu Therapist (a Member of the Register Of the Shiatsu Society ) and practitioner of Healing Qigong . Des has been teaching the Taiji Shibashi Qigong since 1989. Through daily practice, and with the in depth knowledge of the meridian system and Five Element Theory that he attained while studying Shiatsu and Healing Qigong, Des has achieved a profound understanding of the Shibashi.

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Times: 10:00 till 17:00
Location: East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire
Cost: £
A deposit is required, with the balance to be paid on the first day of the course. Advanced booking is essential.
Guidelines: Can be viewed here

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Taiji touchstones

When practicing Push Hands, as you move forward and backward the internal energy should attach to your back and condense into your spinal column. (Master Wu Yu-hsiang).