Shibashi - or 18 stances - is a worldwide known qigong set, although the popularity of the higher numbered sets is not as large as set one, having followers in most countries around thte globe. Some Instructors have made derivitive versions of the original, adding or taking away aspects as it suited; sometimes for esoterical reasons rather than functional.
Shibashi Set Three of the series, is a qigong set of 18 moves, simple to learn and perform but extremely effective for improving health. The seven sets of qigong were developed by Chinese master Lin Hou Sheng and comprise movements taken from qigong and Yang style tai chi forms. This course shows you his way although as with all Qigong, once learnt, you're encouraged to make it your own by practising without comparison to the original.
Each move has specific purpose, which is to aid Qi movement around the meridians, thereby improving health and preventing illness in the same way as acupuncture. Performed by everyday Chinese in groups, in China it is also prescribed by medical doctors as a means to healing.
This course is easy to follow via video and spoken narrative, with slow motion for more difficult aspects of the movement (where appropriate). The set can be learnt fairly quickly, however the student must practise regularly to improve the effectiveness of each movement.
In the East, people learn qigong for a variety of reasons; mostly because they already have a condition that they wish to help improve or they just wish to remain healthy. In the West, it's popularity is surpassed by better known modalities such as yoga. Unfortunately, a lot of people are missing out on the health benefits of qigong through a lack of understanding, to the extent it is becoming more well known but not to the same level as more established programmes.
In reality Qigong works as a preventative system of simple exercise that relaxes the body and mind, without the hard work and exhaustion of other exercise programmes. It aims to unite body and mind, which the Western medicine system separates. Chinese medicine focusses on the whole body and to that aim, Qigong movements are physically demanding but in an easy way.
For the less able (either through illnesss or age) Qigong can also be performed seated. Students are advised to seek advice from their GP before taking up any form of new exercise programme, however the majority of GP's advise their patients to start practise of tai chi (qigong) as it is recognised as a good way to exercise safely.
Even though the student will work to their own limits, please note that this course has been notified "intermediate" due to the fact that the movements are physically demanding and may require beginners to practise other sets before undertaking them.
In this first lecture you can meet the course tutor and designer, Andy Wright. You'll see and hear about his life and work, with testimonials from real people/students (he teaches classes daily as well as on line). His work encompasses teaching in NHS hospitals as well as Sport Centres and for charitable organisations such as Parkinson Society and MS Society.
In 2014 he had major back surgery that did not go right, and subsequently could not WALK and working was nearly impossible. But his recovery was entirely due to diligent practise of qigong daily and now, 2 years later, he is able to ditch the rollators and wheelchairs for a single stick. The prognosis is not good, because it is likely that he now requires another operation due to loosening screws causing pain.
Welcome to Shibashi Qigong Set Three. I was introduced to this series by my Shiatsu instructor Chris Jarmey. It formed an important part of our energy warm up and fitness routine before treatment of clients.
Simple to learn and practise, you should make time everyday to run through the 18 moves, performing 6 or 12 of each move.
In this lecture we'll show you a very brief overview of the history and benefits of practising Shibashi.
STRETCH TO THE SKY
The Set Three opener, following the footsteps of the previous set openers, similarly stretches the body upwards. Heels can be raised to add benefit to the stomach meridian stretching.
EXPAND THE CHEST
This movement has excellent outcomes for frozen or stiff shoulders. A slight lean forward when opening the arms, making sure the hands are palms up. Don't go too wide with the hands.
SWING LEFT AND RIGHT
Movement Three is a coordination challenge and the set is only on number 3 of 18; the idea to be walking and moving the arms in a coherent manner may require some time to master. The dance influences show in this move, based on traditional Chinese performing.
Beware of this movement, it can be difficult for those with ailing legs and knees. However, if you practise it regularly, both will become better and the strength improve.
LOOKING AT THE SETTING SUN
The challenging part of this movement is the cross-legged stance combined with the leaning and turning of the body.
POINT TO THE NEEDLE (AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA)
Ensure you keep the weight back on the supporting - rear - leg, when pointing down towards the foot.
OPEN HEAVEN AND EARTH
Essentially a squat with bells on. Keep your back straight/upright when squatting, don't let the knees drop in.
THRUST FISTS WITH INNER POWER
A great movement to develop the coordination and focus. Also, really beneficial for the wrists.
WITH PRAYER LIKE PALMS, SWAY LEFT AND RIGHT
Ensure two things: 1) shift the weight from leg to leg 2) arms and hands relaxed.
SPREAD WINGS TO FLY
Set one and two both have very similar movements, ALTHOUGH this set now faces 10, 12, and 2 o'clock directions for performance purposes.
PART THE HORSE'S MANE
This movement brings in the concepts of moving sideways; 9 and 3 o'clock. The change of direction should be completed when you bring the rear leg up and face front again (12 o'clock)
Similarities to Set Two "dragon push out claws" end with a much lower stance if you can manage it. It is okay to build up to it.
MASSAGE THE DANTIAN
This move should be done firmly with the palm heel pressing into the whole abdomen. Make sure you rotate an equal number in both directions.
GATHER IN GOOD QI, EXPEL BAD QI
Be aware of how far forward you lean and turn, so you do not topple over. Bring the weight forward when you turn.
OPEN AND CLEAR MERIDIANS
As with movement 6, be careful to keep the weight back and bend forward sufficiently to bring the hand down to the foot.
DIRECTING THE QI
This is a very Earth Element (STOMACH/SPLEEN) movement and bending forward is performed by weight shifting to the opposite leg.
This movement is a bit frivolous and I suspect has influences in (Chinese) dance, A light touch with the feet and a four beat rythmn will help you do the move better.
PUSH PALMS DOWN
The last move of the set, where the mind and energy is calmed.
Learn about abdominal breathing, the fundamental task you need to focus on
Learn and practise wuji stance, the fundamental posture for qigong that requires some time to master
My name is Andy Wright and I live in Wiltshire (UK). In 1961 I was born with a condition called cerebral palsy. For quite a number of years the condition was the focus of attention for professionals and the like. Until the age of 8 I was reliant upon a wheel chair for mobility but crawled around on my hands and knees in the house.
When I joined the Scouts I was inspired to get up and walk; having seen the other kids having fun, running around and enjoying themselves. My aim was to walk a few feet (literally) to collect my Christmas present from the School Santa. I don't remember too much about it, but I have been back to the school and noticed the distance was only 6-10 feet. However, it led on to other things... Karate training was responsible for improving my balance and coordination.
Formal education was achieved at Claremont School in Bristol until the age of 11 years and subsequently at Thomas Delarue School in Kent.
After leaving school at 16 years I had a years' worth of work experience followed by 10 months of paid employment. I spent the next 8 years unemployed although I had many social activities going on such as mobile disco DJ, War Gaming enthusiast, CB Radio operator and from about 1986 budding software author (following my purchase of the ZX Spectrum 128k).
In 1989 I started work as a computer software programmer for Avon Tyres and spent a fantastic 5 years developing Quality Assurance applications on the Amstrad 1640.
In 1989 i qualified as a black belt in karate, after training for 4 years and doing regular gradings. Shortly after, 1990, I opened up my own club teaching karate to anyone who wanted to learn, until by 1995 I had a 250+ student base and was travelling the world teaching.
The next position was for Wiltshire Council Careers Department as a part time Computer Engineer and the plan was that the remaining hours would be used to develop a freelance training business, but after 3 or 4 years it did not really take off.
So, in order to pay the bills the next role (in 1998) was a mobile computer engineer working for a variety of companies including HP & COMPAQ. The job meant travel to Lloyds TSB banks and MG ROVER garages to support staff with hardware and software issues.
In 2004 a chance of redundancy meant a quick change of employer but also a change of role to an employment advisor for Shaw Trust. The job involved working with ex-drugs Users to help them back into work and was funded through DWP.
During the years of 1998 and 2004 I had a lot of interest in various holistic health qualifications and trained in a number of them only to discover later that they were not really for me!
I discovered tai chi chi kung through my Australian visits teaching karate, but also as part of shiatsu training with Chris Jarmey. While I did not finish my shiatsu qualification it was a really good grounding to enable the move towards teaching chi kung. I did other courses and joined the Tai Chi Forum for Heath where I took up the Teacher Training qualification.
During the years of 2004-2009, I slowly developed the demand for sessions starting with the local leisure centres and then local voluntary groups. I did a couple of private sessions but had not developed the necessary skills to make them sustainable and they stopped.
Following an appearance at the 2007 Sport England conference the roller coaster that was teaching tai chi had begun to accelerate towards the eventual goal of full time employment; with engagement by several agencies and voluntary groups around the County to teach sessions on a weekly basis.