Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi Instructor Course

Certification to lead your own Qigong sessions

This course adheres to the guidelines set out by the National Occupational Standards and the Regulated Qualifications Framework (NQF) for Tai Chi Qigong
Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS)
Course Endorsed by PD:Approval on behalf of REPS
Complementary Medical Association (CMA)
Accredited Training Course
Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)
 Accredited Training Course
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Pay the deposit or course balance click here

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The Course

  • Detailed practical exploration of a 18 Qigong movement set


  • Introduction to Posture, Body Alignment & Stance Structure

  • Learning to harmoise 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 and lead effective sessions


  • Essentials such as insurance & developing your own sessions​


  • Comprehensive course materials including, training manual & video

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

The course is run over 6 days, usually spread over 3 non-consecutive weekends,

in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

On successful completion of the course you will become a qualified Session Leader of an 18 movement Qigong set, based on the Shibashi Qigong Set 1, which is the basis for a 45 minute to 1 hour session. To see our Instructor 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. Video support material is provided.


The foundation and essence of each movement will be explored during the six days. Practical and theory sessions will cover body alignment, stances, breathing techniques, energy, an introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine relating to Qigong, instructing theory, instructor practice and the setting up and running of your own 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 will be restricted to enable the teaching to be tailored to individual needs. There will be between 6-8 learners on each course.

On successful completion of the course you will be issued with a Foundation Session Leader, instructor certificate, valid for 6 months, which will allow you to obtain insurance cover to start your own class or sessions. A higher level certificate will be issued after the successful completion of post course case study work.

As at April 2020 the cost of the course is £695


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 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 and other 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.

Fitness professionals,  who are on the Register of Exercise Professionals, 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


Course Dates & Times

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

There are only 6 places available on each course

Summer 2020



11 & 12 July 2020

25 & 26 July 2020

15 & 16 August 2020

Autumn 2020

We may be able to run this course but

we are following Government Guidleines

We are looking at how we can run the courses and maintain social distancing to keep us all safe

24 & 25 October 2020

7 & 8 November 2020

28 & 29 November 2020

6 places available


Winter 2021

9 & 10 January 2021

23 & 24 January 2021

13 & 14 February 2021

6 places available


Summer 2021

10 & 11 July 2021

24 & 25 July 2021

14 & 15 August 2021

6 places available

Autumn 2021

23 & 24 October 2021

6 & 7 November 2021

27 & 28 November 2021

6 places available



To book your place please visit our

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You can complete the on-line booking form or you can download a paper version which you can return to us by post or email.
These can be found on our
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You can read more information about the course here

Frequently asked Questions here

Please contact us by phone, email or via the 'contact' page if you would like to discuss any aspect of the course or you have any questions.



The Shibashi Training Academy

3, The Horsefair



 LE10 0AN



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 B&B's and hotels in Hinckley to choose from. Please contact us if you would like information about local accommodation.

Frequenty Asked Questions


What on-going support will I receive?

In addition to the 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 and will also be listed on our website, so you can be recognised as a trained and qualified 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 other Qigong sets and/or explore Qigong deeper to gain  higher levels of certificatation.

To see the further training modules click here

To see the certification levels please click here. 



Will I need Insurance?

You should be insurured 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 an existing heath professional or therapist you may be able to add Qigong to your existing policy.


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

We try to adapt throughout 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.

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 

Very good 


Best course I have ever been on! You are treasures. Loved the goodies too- wonderful hospitality- made the long journey up from London. slip by as I came in 

Very good and very thorough for the stage we are at 

One of the best courses I have been on and I have learned a great deal from it

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

A brilliant course, thoroughly enjoyable, hard work and rewarding. The sense of team spirit was a bonus that was unexpected.

A joyous way to learn, deepen and experience. (Aug 2017)

A good standard to training, and desire to teach good standards to others.(Aug 2017)

Very clear and professional with high standards throughout. Also welcoming and thoughtful

The most well planned researched and designed to be recognised outside of Tai Chi Chuan/Qigong I've ever been on. Looking forward to continued learning and development with Debbie and Mark, thank you

I really enjoyed it, a lovely group as well, very supported and nurtured throughout

It has been a wonderful experience and I have really enjoyed it 

Very good. Better that I ever thought it would be. Looking forward to getting going with my clients

Excellent, Extremely professional organisation. Very supportive tutors delivering the course 

Fantastic course learn so much. Tutors very nurturing & supportive, all excellent. 


Thoroughly Enjoyable at just the right pace with great support and with clear information 

Thoroughly enjoyed, I'll be back for other modules

Ticks all of the boxes. Thank you 

Excellent - a fantastic course done by lovely instructors. Both Debbie and Mark have been great. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn

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

Very good 

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

Very Good


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

Venue brilliant. Lovely feeling of space and air. Neither too bog or too small. Generous amount of supporting material, very useful for between training days. DVD and online excellent and clear. Very comprehensive

Nice airy room. Very comfortable and relaxing for Qigong. Great to have tea making and generous amounts of biscuits etc

The venue is lovely and a lovely space, very appropriate for the Qigong classes. Thank you for all of the tea and biscuits, much needed when the sugar rush started!

Lovely venue and I really appreciate the wonderful drinks and snacks

Very Good. Everything we needed from food (snacks) drinks, space to move

Totally appropriate venue and setting

Great Space, fantastic file full of info

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 

A pleasant venue, comfortable, warm, with good parking facility, near shopping area for lunch etc. All provisions provided to create a good learning environment 

Calming venue, with good facilities. Folders were well organised

Not many places provide drinks, snacks and parking

Fantastic, resources venue, all great 

We asked:

"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 



Very good 

Above and beyond

The training was delivered at exactly the right level and pace 

Very Good

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

Content and training was fine, there was enough information for practice and study

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

Exceeded expectations and needs

Very good experienced tutors in the subject, able to combine knowledge, experience and able to demonstrate the subject as a way of life also

Just what I was looking for. Standards very high. Like the precise posture requirements and constant corrections as these are very much required

Mark and Debbie made the training fit our group dynamics and questions (Nov 2017)

Excellent training. Very thorough info and supportive 


Met all my needs. Above and beyond 

It was everything I needed 

All my needs were met without any concern 

Spending time one each movements, and learning more about the history of Tai Chi and Qigong 

Learnt a lot about the set movements and mostly about the energy and how to deliver a safe set

The content & training has met my needs to enable me to form a basis to set up my own sessions in the near future

The content of the course and the training was excellent. I feel I have been given everything I need to run my own sessions.

We asked:

"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. Hing 2 people leading the course ave 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.

Being able to ask questions at y point

Face to face practical. Great to have two teachers, Very pleased with physical correction given

The Form, learning the sequence, the names and also recognising the things I need to work on myself. It has given me confidence to stand in front of a class

The practical sessions, going through the movements in depth was particularly helpful (I like detail) I learned particularly from the teachers, (obvious) who had good confidence, patience and superb knowledge and enthusiasm for making the sessions informative & enjoyable

All of it. I know that sounds vague but I needed the structure of this course to bring the precision and focus of the soup of all my previous experience

The practical associated with the theory knowledge

Posture and energy 

Understanding yin and yang, connecting the energy. Loved the energy work- improving my posture 

All of the course, excellent! Truly Amazing 

All of it was relevant, like the personal body alignment tuition/guidance 

I learnt something every single day! I enjoyed the energy work the most. Its been so much more than learning a qigong set!

The practical training, positions, body posture and movements

The Movements. Energy Sensitivity Exercises

The energy work and the Jing, Qi, Shen. Thoroughly enjoyed this 

Practical. I learn by doing, this course suited me well 

The Movements, much more user friendly than what I have learned at work 

We asked:

"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

The weather! The Roosters behavior! Otherwise all v.excellent.

(The Shibashi Training Academy add: The Rooster is our Chinese year of the Rooster beanie)

Can't think of anything, so all good

Nothing I can think of

Perhaps more DVD's but not a must




Nothing (Nov 2017)

Personally nothing for me None 


I would like to have learned more perhaps on understanding the Dantiens and energy connection of yin and yang 


None, was all very good 

It met my expectations