Taiji classes in Glasgow – Qigong classes

Information on the San Bao Taiji classes in Glasgow and the surrounding area

Teaching Qigong, Taiji Quan and Neijia (Chinese Internal Martial Arts) in Yang style Taiji classes in Glasgow. These classes range from Taiji for relaxation and health to Taiji Quan as a martial art. If you are interested in learning Taiji, feel free to visit any of our classes to find out more. Your first lesson is free of charge.



Taiji For Relaxation – Glasgow G74

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

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  • Location – United Reformed Church, Old Coach Road, The Village, Glasgow G74.
  • Day – Wednesday.
  • Time – 12.00 till 1.00 pm.
  • Type – Taiji and Qigong (Chi Kung)
  • 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.

Taiji and Qigong Classes in Glasgow – East Kilbride

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  • Location – Stewartfield Community Centre, Glasgow G74.
  • Day – Thursday.
  • Time – 8.00 till 10.00 pm.
  • Type – Taiji and Qigong 
  • Details -This class is geared towards retired people who wish to learn the Taiji form and Qigong in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • 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 (Chi) 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.


  • Location – John Wright Sports Centre, Calderwood Road, East Kilbride, G74 3EU.
  • Day – Tuesday.
  • Time – 7:00 till 8:00 pm.
  • Details – Teaching various Qigong sets in depth. Including the Five Taoist Yin, the Shibashi, the Embroidered Brocade, the Ten Fundamental Treasures and the Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.
  • Instructor – Des Lawton
  • Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us page.


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.


Neijia Quan

China has produced a myriad of martial arts and styles (some of these are “family” styles that are hidden treasures, still to be discovered by the West). The commonly used generalisation states that the Internal arts originated on Wudang mountain and are linked to Taoism and the Taoist sages/monks, and that the External arts originated at the Shaolin Monastery, being linked to Buddhism. However, where the External styles can be traced back to Shaolin, there is only myth with very sparse evidence that the Internal arts came solely from Wudang. It is more likely that, just as in the case of the External arts, development of styles came as teachers integrated their own ideas and methods with each generation.

Two “sects”, External/Internal, each with similar movements……….so how do you identify neijia? Thankfully, Sun Lutang has made this task relatively easy:

  • Neijia stresses the use the of the Yi (mind) to coordinate movement, leverage and structure while keeping the muscles relaxed rather than using Li (strength) alone. It is said that the Yi guides the Qi and that a state of Sung should be maintained.
  • Neijia utilises the internal development, circulation, and expression of Qi.
  • In Neijia, the practice and application of Dao Yin, Qigong, and Neigong is used to enhance the practitioner’s Qi and their ability to “listen” to the Qi.

Within Neijia, rather than using strength (Li), the emphasis is on lifting the spirit (Shen) and using the Yi (cognitive, reasoning mind) to guide the Qi, producing Jing. The training method of push-hands that is used within Neijia is often underestimated, or completely misunderstood, by outside observers (including martial artists who practice the external arts). These exercises teach the practitioner, through experience of contact with an opponent, how to remain relaxed, sensitive, and alert (sung) while having the ability to generate Jing.

Slowness is also another aspect of some Neijia training. For example, the Taiji forms are practiced slowly (with the exception of the explosive movements when Fa Jing is being used) with intense precision. External arts also have “forms” within their training regimes but they are usually practiced at a much faster pace………. it is much harder to hide/miss errors when the movements are slow. From the slow comes the fast. The body learns it’s root, it’s limitations, the exactness of each movement and when the movement is accelerated the precision remains.

Neijia/Waijia, Internal/External……………..sometimes described as Soft/hard. This Soft/Hard description is very misleading as within both Neijia and Waijia there are soft and hard aspects. It is possible that Neijia was given the “Soft” tag because the applications are done without undue strength and appear effortless. Taiji Quan is often described as steel wrapped in cotton…………looks soft enough on the outside but beware of the sharp steel within. Clouds are soft………….clouds produce lightening! Xingyi Quan is observed as being hard on the outside but the power is generated from “softness” on the inside.

The combat methodology used within Neijia is that you should be in a state of Sung, being relaxed, alert, centred and rooted. In this state you can afford to be patient and await your opponent’s move. As they attack, you adapt to their move with spontaneity (never attempting to anticipate or analyse) leading them to a vulnerable position and counter-attacking. Evading, controlling, and defeating. As they change, you change spontaneously. In training with a partner it is often observed that the same attack can be met with the same initial defence, over and over, but the outcome varies with each merging. This is because no two attacks are actually identical (with slight differences in speed, angle of attack, balance, etc.) and even if the same defence is used the outcome will be changed.

  • Location – John Wright Sports Centre, Calderwood Road, East Kilbride, G74 3EU.
  • Day – Tuesday.
  • Time – 8:00 till 9:00 pm.
  • Instructor – Des Lawton
  • Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us page.

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