Taiji Shibashi Qigong Course

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the live course is cancelled until further notice. The online version of the course can be found here: Taiji Shibashi Course

The Taiji Qigong Shibashi course (or the eighteen postures of Taiji Qigong) teaches a set of Qigong exercises that are based on Taiji stances.  Unfortunately, most of the Shibashi that is now being taught no longer adheres to the basics of Taiji and the Taiji element has been disregarded.  This has led to these exercises being taught improperly, turning them into slow aerobics where the movement of Qi is minimal and weakening their power to heal and bring well-being.

Although this set was brought together in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, most of the exercises were developed from Taiji with others dating 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, properly, regularly and, in effect, you are being proactive with your health and well-being. The Shibashi are easy to learn and can easily be practiced in a restricted space where the Taiji forms would be impossible.

Feedback from previous workshops

Des Lawton teaching the Taiji Shibashi during a Pro-Holistic course
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  • 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 guidlines about how best to practice with a view to building confidence to teach others” *This is included in the Instructor Course.

“Really enjoyed this workshop – couldn’t have been better, fantastic day and I feel like I learned an enormous amount and had fun doing it!”
“I really liked that the meridians were mentioned within the exercises and found this useful.”
“I felt very well lead throughout the exercises and supported – thought it was a great course.”

One example of health benefits related to the practice of the Shibashi is: –


This is effective for alleviating arthritis of the shoulder or knee, muscular fatigue of the groin (psoas, etc.), asthma and bronchitis.

The Shibashi Qigong course is suitable for everyone including: –

  • Beginners
  • Taiji practitioners
  • Qigong practitioners
  • Reiki practitioners
  • Shiatsu practitioners
  • Physiotherapists
  • Rehabilitation therapists
  • Exercise instructors
  • Group leaders

This course, which can be used towards our certificated Shibashi Instructor course, provides a firm grounding in the Taiji Shibashi Qigong system.  A Certificate of Attendance is provided for this course.

Shibashi Course syllabus:-

Workshop 1

  • Dao-yin exercises
  • Stances
  • The first 9 Shibashi Qigong exercises

Workshop 2

  • Reprise of Workshop 1
  • The remaining 9 Shibashi Qigong exercises.

The course instructor, Des Lawton MRSS is a Taiji and Qigong teacher who has been a practicing martial artist for over 35 years. He qualified, in 1997 as a Shiatsu Therapist (becoming 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 Taiji Shibashi.

The Shibashi set is as follows: –

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  • The 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

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Next course: –

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

If you wish to organise a Taiji Shibashi Qigong course, or are interested in any of our Qigong courses for your group, please use the form on the Contact Us page.

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