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Tai Chi Qigong Session Leader Course

Certification to lead your own sessions

Tai Chi Qigong Session Leader Course UK

  Most people start by attending our 6-Day Qigong Session Leader Course, which teaches, not just the movements but a completely inclusive way of delivering them to create a session that is suitable for people of all ages & abilities, in a structured format which allows for beginners to start at any time while providing an informal interesting learning environment alongside a deeply relaxing therapeutic moving meditation.


Those who are already leading sessions may find that our course provides an alternative way to deliver      

   Tai Chi Qigong to reduce stress and boost physical, mental and emotional well-being. 


To find out more about certification levels and what to expect from a typical qigong session click here


  ​We also run Season Tai Chi Qigong Weekend Workshops, which are ideal if you are interested in Qigong but do not want to lead sessions or you would like to come along and train with us before you commit to booking a course​​​​​​​​

Attend the 6-day

Tai Chi Qigong Session Leader Course

 which is in 2 parts

part 1

Successful completion of the 6-day course leads to the temporary certification  

Tai Chi Qigong Foundation Session Leader

part 2

Successful completion of the post course work will achieve full certification

Tai Chi Qigong Session Leader


Once you have achieved Session Leader Certification you are able to lead your own sessions

for relaxation, to de-stress and improve well-being

When you feel inspired to learn more we offer, on-line & in-person,

further training modules 

  • 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


Tai Chi Qigong Instructor Course

the course

The 6-day course is £795 usually spread over 3 non-consecutive weekends, in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

On successful completion of the 6-day course, and the post course session reflection work, you will achieve Session Leader Certification for an energetically balanced set of 18  Tai Chi Qigong movements, which is the basis for a 45-60 minute session. The way we teach you to deliver the movements and the way that the movements can be adapted create sessions that are suitable for almost everyone.


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.


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

Additional Learning, the 7th Day

We offer an additional day as sometimes life gets in the way and our course attendees cant always manage the required practice, or some prefer extra time to enjoy and embed the course learning to achieve their Session Leader Certification. 

This day is also for those who receive a 'refer' decision during the 6-day course, giving them time for the additional practice required to gain certification.

The additional £100, payment for this day is payable at the end of the 6-day course.

Please add this date into your diary, just in case. 


  • 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?

This course is open to everyone, from complete beginners to those with years of experience of various styles of Tai Chi, Qigong 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.


Mindfulness Practitioners, 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 lead Qigong sessions 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

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Dates & Times

This is not an on-line course.

The studio is in Hinckley Leicestershire

The course runs on Saturdays & Sundays

We start at 10am and finish at 5pm

We limit places to 6 on each course.


Spring 2025

8 & 9 February, 22 & 23 February,  15 & 16 March 2025

(Extra Learning Day 29 March 2025)

3 places available 

Autumn 2025

4 & 5 October, 18 & 19 October, 8 & 9 November 2025

(Extra Learning Day 29 November 2025)

6 places available


Book Your Place

book & pay

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss the course and ask us questions, before you book

The 6-Day Course is £795

To book your place, please complete the booking form and pay the £100 non-refundable deposit

The remaining £695 is due on or before 30 days before the course start date

The additional learning day, if required, is £100, payable at the end of the 6-day course

You can see our cancellation policy here

On-line banking

Deborah Gannon, 60 11 06, 16126645

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Venue & Parking

The Holistic Tai Chi Qigong Academy UK

3, The Horsefair



LE10 0AN

There are several car parks near to the studio

Please look for 'Long Stay' car parks

See all Hinckley car parks here


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.

Additional Day

Frequently Asked Questions


What on-going support will I receive DURING the 6-Day Course?

You will have your course notes and detailed explanation videos for each movement. You can also contact us by phone, email or social media, should you have any questions. In addition we offer one to one support sessions between the course dates via video platforms such as Zoom, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, it is often easier to talk through movement together via video.

What if I receive a 'Refer' rather than a 'Pass' decision?

The assessment process is continuous, there is not a final exam. This is an intense course and we ask that you practice every day between course dates. Those who are able to practice as required usually pass the course. Sometimes unforeseen life events happen and you may not be able to practice as much as you hoped so do not reach the required standard to 'pass'. We offer an additional day, about 2 weeks after your course, to return to gain certification. This day is also for those who are unbale to attend all of the 6 course days offering time to catch up.

The cost of this additional day is £100

What on-going support will I receive AFTER the 6-Day Course?

You will continue to have access to the explanation videos. You can contact us via email, social networks or by phone as needed,. We also offer further training modules to refresh what you know, explore deeper to gain Advanced Session Leader Certification or learn additional Qigong Sets to deliver in your sessions.

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

Yes, the 6-day Qigong course is the initial certification. 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.

Certification Guide

Foundation Session Leader

A Foundation Session Leader is a probationary Session Leader who has successfully completed the 6-day course and is undertaking the required post course training to gain full certification


Session Leader

A Session Leader has successfully completed the 6-day course & post course session work & is able to lead sessions which focus on relief from stress, relaxation providing a gentle but effective form of exercise, which may also help to improve well-being, balance & confidence


Advanced Session Leader

An Advanced Session Leader has gained experience in leading Qigong sessions and has undertaken the further training modules,

 Body Alignment & Tai Chi Qigong Techniques & Energy Within Qigong training modules to enhance their understanding

cetification guide

What is a typical Shibashi Qigong Session?


We want all session attendees to feel welcome, and to know that the session will support them through all stages of life

Everyone is accepted for who they are and how they on on the day

Everyone is encouraged to listen to their own needs and to only do what is comfortable and to stop or sit when needed. 

Nothing should hurt and the movements we deliver are flexible to accommodate everyone regardless of experience or ability


When attendees  relax when they are able to be themselves,  which has a deep relaxing and healing affect on the body and mind bringing about a deeper sense of well-being. The following Golden Guidelines are the heart of every session.




Do only what is comfortable

Stop if there is any pain for discomfort

Rest or sit down at any time and join in again if and when you feel ready

Move at your own pace

Move within your own comfort zone

Breathe in a way that feels comfortable to you and breathe normally if you can’t match the breathe to the movements

Don’t worry about getting the moves right. You cannot get YOUR Qigong wrong. If there is no pain then it is right, no matter what your arms and legs are doing!

Relax and enjoy the session


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 attendees 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

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