Training Guide
All of our training is in-person at our Hinckley studio

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Attend the 6-day

Shibashi Qigong Session Leader Course

 which is in 2 parts

part 1

Successful completion of the 6-day course leads to  

Foundation Session Leader Certification

part 2

Successful completion of the post course work leads to

 Session Leader Certification

You are able to lead your own Qigong sessions at this stage

Once Session Leader Certification is achieved, there are two options

Option 1 - MAINTAIN LINKS WITH THE ACADEMY

Continued support and advice

Listed on the Academy Certified Session Leader page

Access to further training modules and Masterclasses

CPD attendance required every 2 years

Option 2 - INDEPENDENCE

 Independence, no ties

Not listed on our website

No further support from the Academy

Further Training Guide Summary

SESSION LEADERS

 We have provided a short outline of each module below but click the module title for more information, dates, places and cost.

Higher Certification & Deeper learning of the Shibashi Qigong Set 1

Complete all 3 'B' Modules, in any order, to gain Advanced Session Leader Certification.

Qigong Module B

Exploring rooted stances, spirals, yin/yang hands, the breath & stance creating movement, 2 Days

Body Alignment B

Exploring your correct body alignment and common posture issues. 2 Days

Energy Module B

Exploring energy & energy field sensitivity and applying knowledge to the 18 Qigong movements, 2 Days

 

 

Additional Sets

 

Acupressure Qigong

A whole body tapping & self-massage routine. 2 Days

 

Daily Tai Chi Exercises

21 Movements to loosen the body from top to bottom, 2 Days

Six Steps Qigong

A short detoxing qigong set, working with the seasons and the 5 Elements, 2 Days

 

Supporting Modules

 

Delivering an Effective Session

How to add variety, mange attendees of different levels & keep the session interesting. 1 Day

Advanced Session Leaders

 We have provided a short outline of each module below but click the module title for more information, dates, places and cost.

 

Additional Sets

8 Pieces of Brocade

An ancient physically & mentally demanding set, originally designed to keep an army strong. 4 Days

Lee Tai Chi Form Qigong Set

The beautiful flow of the Lee Family Tai Chi Form movements within a Qigong setting. 4 Days

 

Seated Shibashi Qigong Set 1

Adapting movements as an aid to rehabilitation. 2 Days

 

Shibashi Qigong Set 2

An additional set of 18 movements more physically demanding than Shibashi Qigong Set 1. 4 Days

 

 

Modules of Interest

5 Elements/Phases

The Earth Element

Exploring the Earth Element within the 5 Element Theory and its application within Qigong. 1 Day

 

The Fire Element

Exploring the Fire Element within the 5 Element Theory and its application within Qigong. 1 Day

 

The Metal Element

Exploring the Metal Element within the 5 Element Theory and its application within Qigong. 1 Day

 

The Water Element

Exploring the Water Element within the 5 Element Theory and its application within Qigong. 1 Day

 

The Wood Element

Exploring the Wind Element within the 5 Element Theory and its application within Qigong. 1 Day

 

Modules Leading to Session Instructor 

Certification

Delivering Effective Sessions- Advanced

How to deliver a variety of sets to attendees with different experience levels, 1 Day

 

Energy Field, Exploring the Layers

Exploring, sensing the energy field layers and their role within our health & life, 1 Day

Improving Flexibility through Qigong

Exploring the techniques of Qigong to improve flexibility, 1 Day

Movement with Stillness & Stillness within Movement

Exploring the techniques and benefits of moving meditation, 1 Day

 

Stances, Structure & Softness

Exploring the structure of the stances and the practical application in life & Qigong, 1 Day

 

The Art of Standing

Exploring the health benefits of ‘standing’ and how it can improve our well-being. 1 Day

 

 
 

Book & Pay for Further Training

To book further training we ask you to contact us to ensure that there is a place available.

Once a place is confirmed we will ask you to pay £50 non-refundable deposit.

You can pay via card or PayPal using the 'Buy Now' button.

The remaining balance is payable 30 days before the course start date.

We will be in touch nearer to the time to remind you and let you know the various ways that you can pay.

Further Training Module Information

Session Leaders

Higher Certification

 

Body Alignment Module B 

In this module we look at the correct way to stand, sit and move.

We consider the bad habits that we adopt over our lifetime and consider the ways we compensate along with the physical issues these exacerbate.

We learn how to complete a posture assessment by looking at each other and how to start making adjustments to move towards better body alignment.

We explore the impact good and poor body alignment has on Shibashi Qigong Set 1.

Completing this module along with Qigong Module B & Energy Module B leads to Advanced Session Leader certification.

2022

15 & 16 October 2022

 0 places available

Please ask if you would like a cancellation place

2023

13 & 14 May 2023

3 places available

2023

21 & 22 October 2023

6 places available

2024

18 & 19 May 2024

6 places available

2 days,10am to 5pm £160

£50 Non-refundable deposit

Tour Group
 

Qigong Module B 

This module takes the understanding of the Shibashi Qigong Set 1 movements to a deeper level, learning how the whole body is connected and moves as a whole. We explore physical techniques such as, rooted stances, spirals, yin/yang hands and harmony of the breath & stance. 

Completing this module along with Body Alignment B & Energy Module B  leads to Advanced Session Leader certification.

18 & 19 February 2023

2 places available

25 & 26 March 2023

1 place available

9 & 10 March 2024

1 place available

2 days,10am to 5pm £160

£50 Non-refundable deposit

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Energy Module B

 

Energy was first introduced in the Shibashi Qigong Session Leader course.

This module takes both the theory and practice of energy work to the next level and explores the following:

Techniques to see energy

Exploring the energy field

Introduction to partnered energy exercises

Energy development exercises to feel energy

Positive and negative reactions to energy work

How to deliver energy exercises within sessions

Key energy points within the Shibashi Qigong set

How to help someone who has a reaction to energy work

Introduction to Yin and Yang Energies within the Shibashi Qigong Set 1

How to ensure people are harmonised after an energy focused qigong session.

Completing this module along with Body Alignment B & Energy Module B  leads to Advanced Session Leader certification.

3 & 4 December 2022

0 places available

Please ask if you would like a cancellation place

2 & 3 December 2023

4 places available

29 & 30 June 2024

6 places available

2 days,10am to 5pm £160

£50 Non-refundable deposit

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Further Training Module Information

Session Leaders

Additional Sets

Acupressure Qigong

This 2-day module takes you through a tapping & self-massage routine covering the whole body.

The aim of this module is to teach Session Leaders to lead a sequence of acupressure techniques, demonstrated on themselves, for session attendees to follow. This module does not teach Session Leaders to perform the techniques on other people.

Key acupressure points are explored along with a variety of techniques to sedate or stimulate.

We also consider the points within the Shibashi Qigong Set 1 movements.

This routine can be delivered as a full session or can be broken down into sections and delivered during the first part of a Shibashi Qigong session.

We provide notes and videos to support the face to face training.

We also offer, post module, on-line or face to face support sessions, once you have started to deliver the routines.

29 & 30 October 2022

 0 places available

Please ask if you would like a cancellation place

29 & 30 April 2023

 0 places available

Please ask if you would like a cancellation place

9 & 10 September 2023

 5 places available

13 & 14 April 2024

 5 places available

2 days,10am to 5pm, £225

£50 Non-refundable deposit

 
 

Daily Tai Chi Exercises

These 21 Daily Exercises, ease the joints in the body and relax the muscles & tendons. Ideally they should be performed every day.

 

As always, it is the way the movements are performed that creates the maximum benefit. This module teaches the movements, the health benefits and the correct way each exercise should be performed. We also highlight common errors and explore different ways to deliver these within your sessions.

The support includes course notes, detailed videos of the individual movements, a video of the whole set and a dedicated Facebook group. We also offer, post module, on-line or face to face support sessions, once you have started to deliver the movements.

 14 & 15 September 2024

 6 places available

  September 2026

 6 places available

 

2 days,10am to 5pm, £225

£50 Non-refundable deposit

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Delivering an Effective Session

This module is best attended after you have started to deliver sessions and wish to improve your skills as a Session Leader as we explore how to change and adapt the sessions to create variety. There is so much depth to explore and share within the 18 movements, to keep your sessions interesting and to help your attendees learn more in an enjoyable way.

Learning how to deliver enjoyable, effective, interesting and relaxing sessions started on your 6-Day course. This module builds on that and the experience you have gained from delivering your own sessions.

The ideas and practical learning will deepen your own knowledge of the movements as well as continue to build your confidence as a Session Leader.

11 February 2023

5 places available

12 October 2024

6 places available

1 day,10am to 5pm, £80

£50 Non-refundable deposit

      

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Six Steps Qigong

The Six Steps Qigong Set is specifically designed to improve well-being as well as taking the body through a gentle detoxification process.

This short set is a useful addition to the 18 Qigong Movement, when time is restricted or attendees are unable to cope with a longer set. Having only 6 movements, it is easy to remember!

The six movements can be practiced individually and do not need to be part of a set

The support includes course notes, detailed videos of the individual movements, a video of the whole set and a dedicated Facebook group.

We also offer, post module, on-line or face to face support sessions, once you have started to deliver the movements.

10 & 11 December 2022

4 places available

28 & 29 September 2024

6 places available

2 days,10am to 5pm, £225

£50 Non-refundable deposit

      

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Further Training Module Information

Advanced Session Leaders

Additional Sets

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8 Pieces of Brocade

For Advanced Session Leaders

8 Pieces of the Brocade, also known as Ba Duan Jin, was created around 1140 AD, during the Song dynasty, by the army general Marshal Yue Fei to keep his soldiers strong and in good shape for harsh, long battles.

Ba Duan Jin has a history of over 800 years and would have been originally passed down by word of mouth, resulting in the variations seen movements today.

 

During this module we will explore the structure, essence and principles behind the movements and explore some of the variations. 

This set is physically demanding and contains complex techniques. The information delivered, practically and theoretically, within this module will complement and enhance what you have already learned in previous Qigong instructor courses and modules, developing your understanding to a deeper level.

To help you to achieve this certification, we offer individual on-line or face to face support sessions between course days, detailed videos of the individual movements, a video of the whole set and a dedicated Facebook group.

We also offer, post module, on-line or face to face support sessions, once you have started to deliver the movements.

Sat 11 & Sun 12 March & Sat 15 & Sun 16 April 2023

2 places available

 2025

6 places available

4 days, 10am to 5pm, £395

£50 non-refundable deposit

 
 

Lee-Form Qigong Set

For Advanced Session Leaders

 

Anyone who has experienced the flow of a Tai Chi Form will know how beautiful it is to watch as well as to perform. However Tai Chi Forms are complex and require years of dedicated practice.

We, at the Holistic Tai Chi Qigong Training Academy, have taken the beautiful flowing movements of the Lee Family Tai Chi Form and combined them with the principles of Qigong to create the Lee-Form Qigong Set.

This 4 day module explores these interesting and enjoyable movements and ways that some of the more complex movements can be adapted to allow more people to enjoy this set.

To help you to achieve this certification, we offer individual on-line or face to face support sessions between course days, detailed videos of the individual movements, a video of the whole set and a dedicated Facebook group.

We also offer, post module, on-line or face to face support sessions, once you have started to deliver the movements.

20 & 21 May + 24 & 25 June 2023

4 places available

7 & 8 October + 11 & 12 November 2023

0 places available

Please ask if you would like cancellation place

8 & 9 June + 13 & 14 July 2024

6 places available

4 Days, 10am to 5pm, £395

£50 non-refundable deposit

 

Seated Shibashi Qigong Set 1

For Advanced Session Leaders

This module explores the necessity to adapt the Shibashi Qigong Set 1 movements to enable attendees, who need to sit for part or all of the session, to receive the maximum benefit of the movements.

This is NOT  a 'Seated Set' for people who choose to sit to relax. It is aimed at people who wish to take responsibility for their own health and integrate the learning onto their daily life.

The correct seated posture is explored along with the constraints and limitations of performing the Shibashi Set 1 while seated. The standing versions of the movements are revisited and the benefits explored. Each movement is then practiced while seated to understand the benefits that are not possible but most importantly, the benefits which are very possible.

This training module also covers the practical aspects such as the integration of this information into sessions.

We offer, post module, on-line or face to face support sessions, once you have started to deliver the movements.

4 & 5 March 2023

3 places available

 March 2025

6 places available

2 days,10am to 5pm, £225

£50 Non-refundable deposit

    

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Shibashi Qigong Set 2

For Advanced Session Leaders

The movements of Shibashi Qigong Set 2 are very different to Set 1. There are different stances which are more complex and challenging.  These Set 2 movements require knowledge of Tai Chi Qigong techniques to enable safe practice while helping to develop the body and legs. 

This 4 day module explores these interesting and enjoyable movements and ways that some of the more complex movements can be adapted to allow more people to enjoy this set.

To help you to achieve this certification, we offer individual on-line or face to face support sessions between course days, detailed videos of the individual movements, a video of the whole set and a dedicated Facebook group.

We also offer, post module, on-line or face to face support sessions, once you have started to deliver the movements.

16 & 17 March and 27 & 28 April 2024

5 places available

March and April 2026

6 places available

4 days, 10am to 5pm, £395

£50 non-refundable deposit

Further Training Module Information

Advanced Session Leaders

Higher Certification

Delivering an Effective Session

For Advanced Session Leaders

This module forms part of the modules required to achieve Session Instructor.

This module follows on from the Session Leader module but is aimed to help you to deliver a variety of sets to groups with differing skill levels, managing the needs of the attendees and keeping the session enjoyable and relaxing for everyone.

Incorporating several sets into a session needs careful planning to ensure that all attendees enjoy the best experience possible.

Dates to be confirmed

6 places available

1 day,10am to 5pm, £80

£50 Non-refundable deposit

      

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Energy Field- Exploring the Layers

For Advanced Session Leaders

This module forms part of the modules required to achieve Session Instructor.

This module follows on from Energy Module B

We will discuss and explore the layers of the energy field and their role within our health and every day life.

There will be practical exercises to try to sense each energy layer and understand the size and quality of that layer

2 July 2023

6 places available

23 June 2024

6 places available

1 day,10am to 5pm, £80

£50 Non-refundable deposit

      

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IMPROVING FLEXIBILITY THROUGH QIGONG

For Advanced Session Leaders

This module forms part of the modules required to achieve Session Instructor.

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We use the 18 Shibashi Qigong Set 1 movements to explore the subtle techniques which ease the body to develop and build long term flexibility without causing any discomfort. We recommend that we all use the techniques learned in everything that we do.

Improved flexibility provides for longer independence into our older years as well as allowing us to continue the activities we enjoy. 

7 May 2023

6 places available

 24 March 2024

6 places available

1 day,10am to 5pm, £80

£50 Non-refundable deposit

      

 

MOVING WITH STILLNESS

STILLNESS WITHIN MOVEMENT

For Advanced Session Leaders

This module forms part of the modules required to achieve Session Instructor.

The term 'Moving Meditation' is often used when describing some styles if Tai Chi and Qigong.

We know that we need to find a balance between rest and movement for our own well-being. Sometimes we have restricted movement due to illness or injury. We also may need to manage our movements due to extreme heat or cold.

Within this module we explore 'movement with stillness' and also 'stillness within movement' to support our physical bodies while accessing the benefits of moving meditation.

29 January 2023

6 places available

25 February 2024

6 places available

1 day,10am to 5pm, £80

£50 Non-refundable deposit

      

 

Stances, Structure & Softness

For Advanced Session Leaders

This module forms part of the modules required to achieve Session Instructor.

 

The way we stand and move can have a huge impact on our interactions with others, the way we approach life as well as our own physical well-being.

This is a practical module, exploring the techniques to be strong in our physical structure but with grace and softness. Strength through relaxation. Yielding without collapsing. 

Finding strength mentally but with compassion.

There will be lots of partnered work and lots of fun along with interesting discussion.

29 October 2023

6 places available

3 November 2024

6 places available

1 day,10am to 5pm, £80

£50 Non-refundable deposit

      

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The Art of Standing

For Advanced Session Leaders

This module forms part of the modules required to achieve Session Instructor.

Enjoy and explore the ‘art of standing’

Discussing the physical benefits

Exploring the physical, emotional and energetic reactions

Exploring movement within stillness and stillness within movement

There are many styles and systems of standing qigong.

This module offers the simplest ‘art of standing’, learning how to ‘just be’.

As we build up the strength and knowledge to stand in correct posture, the body gently moves itself into alignment and energetic balance, while connecting within to create a healing meditational experience.

 
 

During this 2 day module we will explore how this standing practice can be delivered in sessions.

We will also explore how it integrates into Qigong sets, Forms and meditation practices.

3 September 2023

6 places available

 8 September 2024

6 places available

1 day, 10am to 5pm, £80

£50 non-refundable deposit

Further Training Module Information

Advanced Session Leaders

Modules of Interest 

5 Elements/phases

The Earth Element

For Advanced Session Leaders

The Earth Element is part of the 5 Elements or Phases, the associated colour is yellow and it connects to late afternoon and late summer. 

In this module we explore what the element really means in relation to our health and well-being, how we interact with others, how it affects out life decisions and its place within the qigong movements.

2 September 2023

6 places available

7 September 2024

6 places available

1 day,10am to 5pm, £80

£50 Non-refundable deposit

      

Holding Soil
 

The Fire Element

For Advanced Session Leaders

The Fire Element is part of the 5 Elements or Phases, the associated colour is red and it connects to mid-day and summer. 

In this module we explore what the element really means in relation to our health and well-being, how we interact with others, how it affects out life decisions and its place within the qigong movements.

1 July 2023

6 places available

22 June 2024

6 places available

1 day,10am to 5pm, £80

£50 Non-refundable deposit

      

Bonfire
 

The Metal Element

For Advanced Session Leaders

The Metal Element is part of the 5 Elements or Phases, the associated colour is silver or white and it connects to evening and autumn. 

In this module we explore what the element really means in relation to our health and well-being, how we interact with others, how it affects out life decisions and its place within the qigong movements.

28 October 2023

6 places available

2 November 2024

6 places available

1 day,10am to 5pm, £80

£50 Non-refundable deposit

      

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The Water Element

For Advanced Session Leaders

The Water Element is part of the 5 Elements or Phases, the associated colour is dark blue or black and it connects to night and winter. 

In this module we explore what the element really means in relation to our health and well-being, how we interact with others, how it affects out life decisions and its place within the qigong movements.

28 January 2023

6 places available

24 February 2024

6 places available

1 day,10am to 5pm, £80

£50 Non-refundable deposit

      

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The Wood Element

For Advanced Session Leaders

The Wood Element is part of the 5 Elements or Phases, the associated colour is green and it connects to morning and spring. 

In this module we explore what the element really means in relation to our health and well-being, how we interact with others, how it affects out life decisions and its place within the qigong movements.

6 May 2023

6 places available

23 March 2024

6 places available

1 day,10am to 5pm, £80

£50 Non-refundable deposit

      

Tree Roots
 
 

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.

The Foundation Session Leader Certificate is valid for 6 months and replaced with a Session Leader certificate which is valid for a further 18 months, once post work is completed.

The Foundation Session Leader certificate will expire after 6 months expires if the post course work is not completed successfully.

Post Course work: Deliver a minimum of 6 Qigong sessions and provide reflections, we give feedback and support after each reflection helping you to develop as a Session Leader.

  

Session Leader

A Session Leader has successfully completed the 6-day course and the post course session reflection training.

Certificates are issued for 24 months. Further training is required for recertification.

We offer support to guide each individual Session Leader to the further training that is right for them, please ask.

 

 

Advanced Session Leader

An Advanced Session Leader has gained experience in leading Qigong sessions and has undertaken the further training  modules, Qigong module B, Body Alignment Module B and Energy Module B, to enhance their understanding.

Session Instructor

A Session Instructor has gained considerable experience in leading Shibashi Qigong Set 1 sessions, has successfully incorporated the Advanced Session Leader training modules into their practice and is able to demonstrate understanding and deliver the full depth and range of the Shibashi Qigong Set 1 movements to attendees of mixed abilities.

Advanced Session Instructor

An Advanced Session Instructor will meet the criteria of Session Instructor and in addition have been certificated to deliver additional Qigong sets and are able to demonstrate that they can deliver balanced sessions of mixed sets to attendees of differing levels of experience.

 

WHAT IS A SHIBASHI QIGONG SESSION?

 

The main focus of Qigong sessions, in the way they are delivered by Holistic Tai Chi Qigong Training Academy UK Session Leaders,  is relief from stress, relaxation and providing a gentle but effective form of exercise, which may also help to improve well-being, balance and confidence.

All sessions led by our Session Leaders will cover the 18 movements based on the Shibashi Qigong set 1. They will not normally be adapted to suit any particular physical disability but delivered in a way that allows people of all ages and  abilities to move at their own pace and within their own ability. Those attending should be aware that they will not receive any individual or specialist advice or help in respect of any pre-existing physical condition they may have.

Our session leaders will offer general guidelines on posture, the extent of movements, and breathing to the movements but are not able to modify movements to suit the needs of any individual. Having said that, the set is suitable for everyone regardless of physical health provided that the session ' Golden Guidelines' are adhered to.

 

THE GOLDEN GUIDELINES

Do only what is comfortable

 

Do not do anything that hurts or causes pain

 

Stop if there is any pain or discomfort. Rest or sit down at any time and join in again if and when you feel ready

 

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

 

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

 

Relax and enjoy the session