Self Defence and Taiji Classes in Lanarkshire

Self Defence and Taiji Classes in Lanarkshire

San Bao Martial Arts provide Neijia, Self Defence, Qigong and Taiji classes in Lanarkshire and the surrounding areas.


Self defence and Neijia Quan at the John Wright Sports Centre, Lanarkshire G74.


  • Self defence and neijia classes in east kilbrideLocation – John Wright Sports Centre, Calderwood Road, Lanarkshire G74.
  • Day – Tuesday.
  • Time – 9.00 till 11.00 pm.
  • Type – Neijia Quan (Chinese Internal martial arts) and Taiji Quan
  • Details – This class is purely geared towards the martial side of Taiji and the internal arts. Participants are required to be reasonably fit.
  • Instructor – Des Lawton
  • Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us page.

YANG FAMILY TAIJI SHORT FORM taught at this class

  • Preparation.
  • Catch moon and ward off left.
  • Catch moon, ward off right, roll back, press and push.
  • Single whip.
  • Raise hands to play guitar.
  • Shoulder stroke.
  • White crane spreads its wings.
  • Brush left knee and push.
  • Play guitar.
  • Brush left knee and push.
  • Step up, parry and punch.
  • Apparent close-up.
  • Cross hands.
  • Take tiger to mountain.
  • Roll back, press and push.
  • Diagonal single whip.
  • Fist under elbow.
  • Step back and repulse the monkey.
  • Diagonal flying.
  • Brush left knee and push.
  • NNeedles at sea bottom.
  • Iron fan.
  • Fan through back.
  • Turn, chop with fist and push.
  • Step up, parry and punch.
  • Kick with right heel.
  • Brush right knee and push.
  • Brush left knee and punch down.
  • Raise Hands then ward off right, roll back, press and push.
  • Single whip.
  • Fair lady weaves at shuttle.
  • Ward off left.
  • Ward off right, roll back, press and push.
  • Single whip.
  • Snake creeps down.
  • Step up to form seven stars.
  • Retreat to ride tiger.
  • Turn round to sweep lotus.
  • Bend bow to shoot tiger.
  • Step up, parry and punch.
  • Apparent close-up.
  • Cross hands.



Taiji Classes in Lanarkshire

Taiji at the United Reformed Church, Lanarkshire G74.

This afternoon class caters for people who wish to learn the Taiji form and Qigong  (Chi Kung) in a relaxed atmosphere.

Taiji Classes in Lanarkshire

  • Location – United Reformed Church, Old Coach Road, The Village, Lanarkshire G74.
  • Day – Monday.
  • Time – 12.00 till 1.00 pm.
  • Type – Taiji and Qigong
  • Details -Teaching the Yang Taiji Short Form, 16 Posture Taiji, & Qigong.
  • Instructor – Des Lawton
  • Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us page.





Qigong and Taiji Classes in Lanarkshire


Taiji and Qigong at the Stewartfield Community Centre, Lanarkshire G74.

Qigong and Taiji classes in Lanarkshire

  • Location – Stewartfield Community Centre, Lanarkshire G74.
  • Day – Thursday.
  • Time – 8.00 till 10.00 pm.
  • Type – Taiji and Qigong
  • Details – Teaching the Yang Taiji Short Form, 24 Posture Taiji, 16 Posture Taiji, Da Lu, the Taiji Shibashi Qigong & a variety of other Qigong exercises. This class concentrates on learning the Taiji form in depth. Along with this, students are taught various Qigong sets and Qi awareness, push hands and some basic applications from the form.
  • Instructor – Des Lawton
  • Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us page.


Pro Holistic is based in Lanarkshire G75 from where we provide our services to the East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, Galsgow and Lanarkshire areas.


What is Taiji Quan?

Taiji Quan (pronounced Tai Chee Chwan) is said to have been created by Chang Sang-Feng, a Taoist priest, during the T’ang dynasty in China about 700 years ago. It is sometimes described as “Shadow Boxing” or “Active Meditation. Funamentally, it is a martial art not only embraces philosophy and self-defence but also consciousness, psychology and medicine. Taiji is a Chinese Internal martial art – Neijia – where the emphasis is on exercising body, mind and spirit.

However, the Quan, or martial, aspect of Taiji Quan is, probably, studied by less than ten percent of those who practice Taiji, with the vast majority focussing on the health and wellbeing that continued practice, of the forms, can bring.

Taiji Quan is the most popular of all the Internal martial arts forms around the world with Yang Family Style being the most prolific. The meaning of Taiji is Grand Ultimate Fist or Supreme Ultimate Fist – this is not an egotistical claim to be the best martial art, it refers to the Taiji symbol, (more commonly known as the Yin/Yang symbol), which itself symbolizes the Universe (past, present, and future). As with all other arts, Taiji has become much more diverse as it different families and teachers, through the millennia, have influenced the moves/application/style. But through all this, even with the diversity of styles, the essence of the Internal Art must remain for any of these styles to be truly called Taiji.

The natural way of movement of Taiji is only achieved when there is harmony between the movement of the body, mind and spirit. The carefully structured patterns of the Taiji form reflect the Taoist views of the universe. Throughout the form, and indeed throughout life when one lives within the principals of Taiji, the Shen is lifted, making the upper body light and flexible, while the Qi is sunk, and feet are planted solidly on the earth. In Taoist philosophy, this is seen as symbolizing mans’ position standing between the heavens and earth.

For centuries the Chinese have recognised the incredible health benefits of Taiji. Its effects can be categorized into three separate but interconnected groups: –

  • The effects on internal physiological balance and equilibrium.
  • The effects on postural balance.
  • The effects on psychological balance.

Although some of these effects are seen quickly, it may be some time before others are appreciated. The initial effects of Taiji are usually observed in the relaxation of the  muscles and deeper, more relaxed, breathing.  This then lead to better circulation, healthier blood pressure, and also to a change in brain-wave from beta to alpha (this often occurs more quickly through Qigong) that occurs during the practice of the form.  This, in turn, sets up a feedback loop encouraging deeper relaxation and awareness.

Taiji constitutes a holistic approach to health and it is now being advised along with Qigong by some doctors for people with stress disorders, angina and is now being recommended as a post heart bypass exercise. It seems that the West is beginning to appreciate the centuries of accumulated knowledge of the East.

The emphasis, in the main, is now on the health aspects of the art, but this is only one facet and by ignoring the other facets, it is important therefore to find a teacher who can not only “do the form” but who also has knowledge and experience of Qi, the healing aspects, the spiritual (Shen) aspect, and the martial aspect of the art.


Pro-Holistic provides ShiatsuHealing Qigong therapy, on-site massage, Stress Mangement courses, and Stress Mangement workshops. We also provide tuition in Qigong, Taiji, Neijia, and self defence.