Tai Chi Qigong Session Leader Course

Certification to lead your own sessions

To book & Pay click here


the course

  • Detailed practical exploration of an 18 Qigong movement set


  • Introduction to Posture, Body Alignment & Stance Structure

  • Learning to harmonize the breath, body and mind

  • Introduction to Qi Energy in relation to Qigong 

  • Exploration of the essence of Qigong as moving meditation


  • How to deliver & lead effective sessions


  • Essentials such as insurance & developing your own sessions​


  • Comprehensive course materials including, training manual & video

  • One to one on-line, tuition & support between course days



The course is 6 days, usually spread over 3 non-consecutive weekends, in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

On successful completion of the 6-day course, and the post course case study work, you will become a qualified Session Leader of a set of 18 movements, based on the Shibashi Qigong Set 1, which is the basis for a 45-60 minute session.

To see our Session Leader certification levels please click here


This is an intensive course which requires a great deal of commitment to practicing the movements every day, not only on the 6 course days themselves but also during the intervening days and weeks.


We explore the foundation and essence of each movement. Practical and theory sessions cover body alignment, breathing techniques, energy, an introduction to Qigong related Traditional Chinese Medicine, instructing theory & practice and setting up and running sessions.


This course does not cover the 'martial' or self-defence aspect of Tai Chi Qigong, and concentrates only on the health and relaxation benefits.


Student numbers are restricted to enable the teaching to be tailored to individual needs. 


  • You do not need to have any previous experience of Qigong to attend this intensive course, only a passion to learn and a willingness to work hard and to practice.

  • There is no pre-course work.

  • You should be reasonably fit

  • You should have a good understanding of the English language, written & spoken, as this is the language the course will be taught in.

  • Should you require additional support then please contact us before booking onto this course.

  • Sports Therapy Associations pre-requisite is Level 3 in Sports Massage

Who is this course for?

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This course is open to everyone, from complete beginners to those with years of experience of various styles of Tai Chi or indeed, any form of Martial Arts, who would like to establish their own Tai Chi Qigong sessions to improve health, relaxation and well-being of others.


Reiki Healers, Reflexologists, Holistic Therapists, Yoga and Pilates teachers, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors will find that Qigong complements what they already offer their clients and may well find that they already possess many of the skills needed to learn and teach Qigong effectively.


Members of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) can complete this course and earn 30 CPD points.

Members of the Sports Therapy Association with Level 3 Sports Massage or above, can complete this endorsed course as part of their ongoing development, earning 16 CPD points.

Tai Chi Qigong, practiced as a health art, is becoming more in demand as people are being made aware through TV, radio and newspaper articles that it is excellent way to reduce stress levels and relax the mind and body whilst improving and maintaining mobility in the joints and muscles


It is deeply rewarding for those who practice it regularly

Completing this course will improve your own health and well-being as well as helping to spread the health benefits to others


Dates & Times

This is not an on-line course. It is held at our studio in Hinckley Leicestershire.

The course starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm, each day.

There are only 6 places available on each course.


COVID-19: To see the latest information please click here


Autumn 2022

Saturday & Sunday

22 & 23 October 2022

5 & 6 November 2022

26 & 27 November 2022

0 places available

Please ask if you would like to be placed on the cancellation list


Winter 2023

Saturday & Sunday

21 & 22 January 2023

4 & 5 February 2023

25 & 26 February 2023

3 Places available

Spring 2023

Saturday & Sunday

18 & 19 March 2023

1 & 2 April  2023

22 & 23 April 2023

5 places available

Summer 2023

Saturday & Sunday

3 & 4 June 2023

17 & 18 June 2023

8 & 9 July 2023

6 places available

Autumn 2023

Saturday & Sunday

30 Sept & 1 October 2023

14 & 15 October 2023

4 & 5 November 2023

6 places available



Book Your Place

To book your place, complete the booking form and pay £100 deposit

Thank you, you will hear from us shortly.

Paying for your Course


£100 non-refundable deposit is required to book your place.

The course is to be paid in full 30 days before the start date.

1. Cheque

 Payable to Deborah Gannon & post to:

The Holistic Tai Chi Training Academy UK

3 The Horsefair, Hinckley, Leics, LE10 0AN

2. On-line banking

Deborah Gannon, 60 11 06, 16126645

3. Credit/Debit card or PayPal

Please use the buttons below

We use PayPal to process card and PayPal payments. You do not need to hold a PayPal account; you will be given the option to pay by card. PayPal charges us to process these transactions. The PayPal charge will be deducted from your refund should you decide to cancel. 


You can see our cancellation policy here

Deposit £100

Balance £595

Venue & Parking

The Holistic Tai Chi Qigong Training Academy UK

3, The Horsefair



LE10 0AN

There are several car parks within 5 minutes walk.

Please look for 'Long Stay' car parks


Hinckley is an ancient market town offering lots of cafes. restaurants, independent shops and a great market.

See more about Hinckley here




By Car

Hinckley is ideally situated off the A5 in the Midlands and can also be accessed from M6, M69 if travelling via Birmingham, or the M1 and M69 if travelling via Leicester

By Rail

Hinckley railway station is 5 minutes drive or  15-20 minutes walking distance from The Shibashi Training Academy.

Where to Stay?

There are several hotels to choose from. Please contact us if you would like information about local accommodation.


Accreditations & Endorsements

Complementary Medical Association

Accredited Training Provider

Federation of Holistic Therapists

 Accredited Training Course: 30 CPD points
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​International Guild of

Complementary Therapists

 Accredited Training Course Provider
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Sports Therapy Association

Endorsed by PD:Approval.
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Frequently Asked Questions


What on-going support will I receive?

In addition to the refresher days and further training modules that we run through the year, we are here to support you via email, social networks, by phone as needed. Your contact details will also be listed on our website, so you can be recognised as certified Session Leader.

Will I be able to learn & offer more than the 18 Movement Qigong Set?

Yes, the 6-day Qigong course is the initial qualification. You can attend other training modules to learn additional Qigong sets and/or explore Qigong deeper to gain  higher levels of certification.

To see the further training modules click here

To see the certification levels please click here. 

Some of your movements look different to what I have seen before, why?

We will not teach you how to place your arms and legs into positions. We teach you how to stand and move in a Tai Chi Qigong way. You may not yet have the flexibility to reach the bigger movements. In time, after lots of practice you may achieve bigger movements but we are all unique and you will move in a way that is unique to you and your body. We aim to help you find the way your body moves.


Will I need Insurance?

You should be insured to lead your own sessions. We do not sell or provide insurance but we will discuss the options available to you during the course. If you are an existing heath professional or therapist you may be able to add Qigong to your existing policy.

We only display insured instructors on our 'Qualified Session Leaders' page


We try to adapt each course to accommodate the training needs of those attending, but we also ask for feedback on the last day. We need to know what the instructors experienced, so we can continue to evolve to meet the demands of this ever changing world.

What they said about our course ......

We asked for their overall impression of the course..........

Without a doubt the most informative, well run, course I've been on since 2005. I am on a lot of courses being a teacher and tennis coach

Very supportive throughout the course. Excellent. Very well balanced theory and practical. Constructive feedback. Thank you 

The whole course has gone above and beyond my expectations. Thank you Debbie & Mark 

Taught with passion and a great deal of care, instilling confidence and a lot of knowledge. I've loved every moment & thank you so much 

Extremely well planned and thought through. Professional. Would absolutely recommend

What they said about our venue and resources.............

 The venue was excellent and ideal to deliver the training. The resources were of the highest quality 

Easy to find with easy parking nearby. All needs met. Couldn't have asked for more. Abundance of food/snacks and drinks available all day

Great venue, lovely space, easy to find and get to, facilities good- more nibbles than we could possibly finish off​

A lovely room with lovely energy. We had everything we needed of resources

The venue was calm and peaceful. It was very clean. Plenty of drinks and snacks provided. Great course material   


To what extent did the course meet your training needs?

 It has exceeded all of my needs as the content was clear and in depth to a level I fully understood 

The training has  excellent for my own practice and helping me understand the importance of working to your own body, softening movements and feeling relaxed with breath 

The training was delivered at exactly the right level and pace 

Comprehensive with just enough of everything plus some extras that this group was keen to hear and tailored to our backgrounds

The course covered all requirements. The level of work was set hard enough to be challenging but not overwhelming. There was a good balance between practical and theoretical 


What parts of the course did you learn from most? 

With  excellent ratio of 2:6 individual practice could be easily corrected along the way. Having 2 people leading the course gave us 2 different approaches 

The energy work 

I think the learning was continual throughout the course 

Practical & tutorial equally great

Practical exercises! Especially one on one personal advice and suggestions for corrections. As nerve wracking as it was, getting up in front of people and being able to make mistakes in a safe environment. ​


What parts of the course could be improved?

Can't think of any 

There are no areas that need improvement. All objectives were met and then some 

Nothing that I can think of 

None- honestly! 

Can't think of anything